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Big Data, Life Sciences, and National Security

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Events, Big Data, twothird, 1 Apr 2014


Event Details
Tuesday April 1, 2014
8:15am - 6:00pm 

Event Location
Renaissance Ballroom
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy (CSTSP) and the Biological Countermeasures Unit of the WMD Directorate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) present a public event on the implications of big data and analytics to national and international biological security.  

Big data and analytics are increasingly becoming vital components in the pursuit of advanced applications for scientific knowledge development, health care analyses, and global health security. Big data and analytics in the biological sciences might also present risks and unique challenges to national and international security. In preparation for our event, CSTSP have conducted a series of interview investigating the subject with Daniela Witten, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Washington, Subha Madhavan, Director of the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Georgetown University Medical Center, and Angel Hsu, Director of the Environmental Performance Index, a joint project between the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.

This event will bring together scientists across a range of disciplines, security professionals, and science and security policy experts to explore ways to leverage the beneficial applications and identify potential risks of big data and analytics to biological security.

The event will be broadcast live via an interactive webcast which can be accessed here.

Speakers include:

  • Gaymon Bennett, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Ivo Dinov, University of Michigan
  • Joel Dudley, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Mark Greaves, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Daniel Grushkin, GenSpace
  • Lorelei Kelly, New America Foundation
  • James Lawler, Navy Medical Research Center
  • Herb Lin, National Academy of Sciences
  • Jason Matheny, IARPA
  • Folker Meyer, Argonne National Laboratory
  • David McIver, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Toby Richardson, Synthetic Genomics
  • Robert Sloan, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Scott Spangler, IBM Almaden Research Center
  • Peter Speyer, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • Edward You, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Agenda available for download here

8:15am - 8:45am  

8:45am - 9:00am  
Introduction to Event

9:00am – 10:30am    
Big Data: Definition, Sources and Data Sharing

10:45am – 12:15pm    
Applications of Big Data and Analytics to International and National Biological Security

12:15pm – 1:15pm    

1:15pm – 2:30pm    
Security Risks of Big Data: Privacy, Openness, Data Management

2:45pm – 4:00pm    
Increasing Access to Big Data and Analytics: Implications for Biological Security?

4:00pm – 5:15pm    
Implications of Big Data and Analytics to National and International Biological Security

5:15pm – 6:00pm    
General Discussion and Comments


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