Bruce Schatz to Lecture at SIS


Bruce SchatzSIS and the Department of Biomedical Informatics will host Professor Bruce Schatz of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for a colloquium on the role of the internet in the future of biomedical science.  Dr. Schatz will discuss “Biomedical Science in the Net of the 21st Century:  A Tale of Two Systems for Global Infrastructure” on Thursday, February 8, 2007.  The Colloquium will take place at 3:00 pm in Room 501 at the School of Information Sciences.  A reception will follow.

Professor Schatz will discuss how the Net is the global network, which enables users worldwide to interact with information.  As such, it provides the base functionality for the information infrastructure for biomedical science.  The evolution of the Net has already proceeded from data transmission in the Internet to information retrieval in the Web.  This second wave has supported new functionality in basic science such as biological databases and in clinical sciences such as health communications.  This talk projects the trends in information infrastructure and their application to biomedical science.  Model examples are given from large research projects led by the speaker, supporting complex systems in biology with third wave technology and complex systems in medicine with fourth wave technology.

The global protocols are evolving towards knowledge navigation in the Interspace, moving from syntax to semantics.  In the short-term future, the protocols will support analysis for interactive correlations across knowledge sources.  Analysis environments will directly support scientific discovery from community knowledge, by providing biomedical scientists with semantic federation across distributed collections.  Such environments will revolutionize basic science such as post-genome functional analysis.  In the long-term, the protocols will move beyond semantics to pragmatics.  Feature vectors relating to all aspects of human health will be universally available for whole populations at the level of individual persons. Such vectors will revolutionize clinical science such as daily management of chronic illness.

Bruce R. Schatz is Director of the CANIS (Community Architectures for Network Information Systems) Laboratory, the campus resource for research infrastructure supporting biomedical informatics, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He serves as Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded project, the Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research program, which is building the BeeSpace analysis environment.  This project is developing and deploying the first large-scale Interspace for semantic integration across distributed sources, based in the new Institute for Genomic Biology.  Schatz is Head of the Department of Medical Information Science, and Professor in Computer Science, Library and Information Science, Neuroscience, and Biomedical and Health Information Sciences.