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CSIRO Machine Learning in Genome Biology Symposium

Genome biology is generating datasets of unprecedented size and complexity in health, livestock and agricultural sciences. The effective analysis of this data presents a significant challenge in realising the potential “big-data” offers to science and industry, which has been difficult to achieve with traditional approaches. This workshop will address advances in the application of a broad array of “artificial intelligence” methods to effectively integrate large-scale ‘omic’, environmental and trait/diagnostic data to predict phenotypic performance.

The venue

Kiama is a scenic coastal town in New South Wales, about an hour and a half south of Sydney, boasting beautiful beaches and stunning coastal views, nestled among temperate rainforest of the Illawarra hinterland.


Invited speakers

Our list of invited speakers will be announced soon.


The symposium will run over three days, with sessions covering four major themes addressing the application of machine learning methods to problems in human, animal and plant genome science.

Day 1:

Evening welcome event and poster session

Day 2:

Session 1

Phenotype-genotype association

Session 2

Gene-gene and GxE interactions

Session 3

Modelling biological outcomes I

Session 4

Speed talks followed by poster session

Symposium dinner

Day 3:

Session 5

Modelling biological outcomes II

Session 6

Genome characterisation

Session 7

Expert panel discussion

Registration and Abstract submission

Opening soon.

$300 registration fee, includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea each day, beverages and the symposium dinner.

Abstract submission closes November 2018.

Transport to and from Kiama

There are several options for travel to and from Kiama.

Car: For those arriving from Sydney and its surrounds, follow the Princes Highway south to Kiama. If you plan on driving from Canberra, the Hume Highway travels northeast to Kiama.

Google map directions

Train: Services run regularly to Kiama from Sydney, offering a relaxing way to sit back and take in some of Australia’s most scenic coastline.


Bus: There are a number of coach services which operate to and from Kiama, Sydney and Melbourne.

Visit Greyhound Australia, Premier Motor Service

Diversity and inclusion policy

We will actively promote a culture of diversity and inclusion, to welcome and encourage participation in the symposium regardless of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, disability, religion or age.

To ensure gender balance across the symposium we will work to achieve balanced representation (40:60 parity) of male and female invited speakers, conference talks, posters, session chairs and organising committee.

We will provide support structures that facilitate attendance at the symposium by parents with dependents, including discounted rates for family suites and options for child care.

Organising Committee

Shannon Dillon (CSIRO, Agriculture and Food)

Saul Newman (CSIRO, Agriculture and Food)

Ben Trevaskis (CSIRO, Agriculture and Food)

Jana Sperschneider (CSIRO, Agriculture and Food)

Yutao Li (CSIRO, Agriculture and Food)

Jen Taylor (CSIRO, Agriculture and Food)

Sharon Barber (CSIRO, Agriculture and Food)

Denis Bauer et al. (CSIRO, Health and Biosecurity)

Kaito Lai (CSIRO, Health and Biosecurity)

Klara Verbyla (CSIRO, Data61)

Cheng Ong (CSIRO, Data61)

Almamun Hawlader (CSIRO, Data 61)

Eric Stone (ANU-CSIRO Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics)


This Symposium is supported by funding received from the CSIRO Research Office, Cutting Edge Science Symposium program.

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