AI for Synthetic Biology 2 @ FAIM 2018 (Federated Artificial Intelligence Meeting)

Workshop date:
Sunday, July 15, 2018 : Full day workshop. The workshop is part of the IJCAI / FAIM conferences :


We have money to support student travel. If interested, please contact us.

We would like to give AI researchers a chance to talk about their expertise in their area of research. If you would be willing to give a lightning talk in the afternoon, please contact us.

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Travel support:
We have sponsorship funds from AI Journal. Details on receiving travel support will be forthcoming. Preference will be given to those with accepted papers.


AI Journal
Sponsored by AI Journal
BBN Technologies
Sponsored by Raytheon BBN Technologies
Bio-Design Automation Consortium, Inc.
Sponsored by Bio-Design Automation Consortium, Inc.

Workshop Schedule:

08300900Welcome and IntroductionAaron Adler, Fusun Yaman
09001000Invited TalkKobi Benenson
10001030Coffee Break
10301055An Integrated Approach to the Use of AI in Synthetic BiologyJennifer Hallinan, Goksel Misirli, Zongying Yang, James Alastair Mclaughlin and Anil Wipat
10551120Improving Microbial Strain Design via Multiobjective Optimisation and Decision MakingShouyong Jiang, Marina Torres, David Pelta, Preben Krabben, Marcus Kaiser and Natalio Krasnogor
11201145A Machine Learning Approach to Predict Metabolic Pathway Dynamics from Time Series Multiomics DataZak Costello, Hector Garcia Martin
11451210Machine Learning Approaches to Engineered DNA Design and Detection at Synthetic Biology FoundriesMikhail Wolfson, Joshua Dunn, Li Kung, Alex Carlin, Michael Napolitano and Patrick Boyle
12301400Lunch Break
14001430AI Lightning Talks
14301455Combining Knowledge Rich and Knowledge Free TechniquesFusun Yaman
14551520What's in an acronym? RRI for AI and SB Kenneth Taylor and Simon Woods
15301600Coffee Break
16001645Discussion, Next Steps, Wrap Up
1645Find a place to watch the World Cup Final

Workshop location:
Stockholm, Sweden

Previous Workshop:

Dr. Aaron Adler, BBN Technologies
Dr. Fusun Yaman, BBN Technologies
Dr. Eric Klavins, University of Washington
Dr. Natasa Miskov-Zivanov, University of Pittsburgh

Our primary goals for this workshop are to draw the attention of the AI community to a novel and rich application domain, namely Synthetic Biology, and to build mutually beneficial collaborations between the two communities. Synthetic biology is the systematic design and engineering of biological systems. Synthetic organisms are currently designed at the DNA level, which limits the complexity of the systems. In this workshop we will have invited speakers introducing the domain, describing the current workflow used by synthetic biologists. We will identify open problems and challenges in the Synthetic Biology and AI intersection through discussions and demonstrate the feasibility of progress through contributed talks. We will also have a high level talk about different AI techniques targeted towards participants with a Synthetic Biology background.

This workshop at FAIM 2018 seeks to bring together the AI and Synthetic Biology communities. We believe that the time is ripe to gather researchers from synthetic biology and AI communities to cultivate a multi-disciplinary research community that can benefit both areas. For AI researchers it will be a never before explored novel domain with unique challenges, whereas for the synthetic biology community it will be an opportunity to break the complexity barrier it is facing.

AI techniques can help address the challenges that synthetic biology faces including:

  • representation of knowledge (e.g., semantic networks, frame representations, domain-specific languages, data exchange),
  • prediction and modeling of complex and multi-cellular behavior (e.g., multi- agent systems),
  • acquisition of knowledge (e.g., machine learning, hypothesis generation),
  • planning and decision making (e.g., expert systems, constraint-based reasoning, planning under uncertainty), and
  • automated action (e.g., robotics).

We seek both position papers (up to 2 pages) and short papers (up to 6 pages) that address current or future research problems and/or approaches at the intersection of synthetic biology and AI.

Please note that this workshop is in addition to a possible AAAI fall symposium.