BioSemantics Research

Professor of BioSemantics Barend Mons at his inaugural speech, visualizing knowledge profiles (‘knowlets’).

The BioSemantics group investigates and applies knowledge discovery methods for biomedical research. Its research area is at the threshold of methodological and applied research: we fundamentally investigate methods to discover new knowledge from biomedical data, and we investigate the mechanisms behind (rare) diseases by means of data integration  and computational knowledge discovery methods.  To make our methods usable for our applied research we develop services that bioinformaticians can use in their research.

In addition, the group has a strong enhanced-Science ambition (e-Science).  This pertains to (i) a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to combine computational and biomedical expertise, (ii) a contribution to global initiatives to improve the way we manage life science data and capture bioinformatics experiments by means of scientific workflows, research objects, and nanopublication [1].

The group is liaised with the BioSemantics group of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), and the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL).

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[1] See also

  • Why use workflows?  http://www.taverna.org.uk/introduction/why-use-workflows/
  • Research Objects: http://researchobject.org
  • Nanopublication: http://nanopub.org