IACS Seminar: Challenging the Canon: Working at the Frontier between Biomedicine and Computing

1 Apr
IACS Seminar Series
Terry S. Yoo, Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, National Institutes of Health
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Harvard SEAS, Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Lunch 12:30pm; Talk 1pm

Paul Lauterbur, the Nobel Laureate, titled his acceptance speech: “All Science is Multidisciplinary.” Amplifying this theme, I submit that computing is innately multidisciplinary, and that the evolution of our field has brought it to new frontiers in the 21st century.  This talk will explore the notion that the intersection of biomedicine and computing is one of the most promising conjunctions of disciplines for career growth for young researchers, as well as fertile territory to establish new research directions.  I will base my arguments on previous histories of technology in biology and medicine as well as recent work in super-resolution 3D electron microscopy from the 3D Informatics Group at the NIH Office of High Performance Computing and Communications.  I will briefly explore the justification for pursuing such research and close by speculating on some of the important opportunities for investigation today.

Speaker Bio: 

Terry S. Yoo is the Head of the 3D Informatics Group in the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications at that National Library of Medicine, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  His research explores the processing and visualizing of 3D medical data, interactive 3D graphics, and computational geometry.  He is also the project officer who conceived and managed the development of ITK, the Insight Toolkit, under the Visible Human Project.  Terry has received multiple honors including the 2013 NIH Director’s Award, the 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Service to America Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the 2015 Secretary’s Choice HHS Innovates award for his multiple projects that have contributed to his tireless advocacy of open science.  He holds an A.B. in Biology from Harvard, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS)
Natasha Baker