Special Issue "Artificial Intelligence with Applications in Life Sciences"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Andrej Kastrin
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Medicine, Institute for Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: biostatistics; medical informatics; artificial intelligence; text mining; literature-based discovery
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the enormous expansion of high-throughput technologies, life sciences have entered the big data era. Massive, high-dimensional, and heterogeneous datasets have become woven into all areas of modern life sciences. The key challenge is how to gain insights and extract useful knowledge from such data. The recent decade has seen a surge in research on artificial intelligence (AI) methods and applications in the broader domain of life sciences. For example, PubMed, the largest bibliographic database in the field of life sciences, has listed more than 7000 records for the term “artificial intelligence” for the last year. AI methods have been applied to a broad spectrum of applications such as computational biology, information retrieval, bioinformatics, and computer vision. Despite this success, the field has not yet been thoroughly investigated and presents many challenges. It is therefore crucial to generating new ideas and developing new algorithms and methods to gain fresh insights in diverging directions.

This Special Issue will collect both review articles and original papers describing novel methods and applications of AI in life sciences. Papers presenting AI applications in the broader domain of life sciences are also welcome. The topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Novel models, algorithms, and tools for biomedicine, bioinformatics, neuroinformatics, and healthcare (e.g., statistical methods, data mining, machine learning, knowledge representations, natural language processing)
  • Computational approaches for diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic decisions
  • Novel deep-learning techniques
  • Explainable AI
  • Scalable methods for big data analytics and stream processing
  • Complex networks including network medicine, network embeddings, and integration of heterogeneous data sources
  • Evaluation methods and benchmark datasets
  • Computational creativity
  • Literature-based discovery

Dr. Andrej Kastrin
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • knowledge representations
  • complex networks
  • literature-based discovery

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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