Big data-driven Biomedical research
Dr. Sun-Hwa Hahn
Research Fellow and Former President
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)
Big data is expected to be the innovation driving force that can effectively solve the problems of the human society and create new value. In particular the most intensive use of big data is being made in the biomedical field, and no one doubts that it will make a big contribution in finding the cause and the treatment of the disease, and in improving the quality of medical services.In this talk, we will have a look at BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) research program of NIH as a good example showing what efforts and accomplishments have been made to activate big data-based researches in the biomedical field. BD2K has focused on R&D support for building big data, developing analytical tools, and educating people.Next, we will take another look on the biomedical big data research being carried out by KISTI, Korea's leading big data research institute.Since 2015, KISTI has been developing technologies for analyzing large-scaled networked bio-data integrating data from different sources. The institute aims to identify the causes of the disease and find a cure by applying those technologies to research on Alzheimer's disease. In addition, data and analytical technologies built for research will be soon available to companies and research groups performing basic studies in the same field or doing research to discover new drugs.
Dr. Sun-Hwa Hahn is research fellow and former President of Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI). She received BS degree in Chemical Engineering from HanYang University in 1982 and Information Engineering from SungKyunKwan University in 1987. She received M.S. and Ph. D. degree in Computer Science from KAIST in 1989 and 1997. She had been the Director of Research Policy Department for 2008-2011 and served as the Vice President of KISTI for 2011-2012. From 2013 to 2014, she worked as the Director General at the Division of Advanced Information Research in KISTI. She has been leading several national scale projects such as Korea Scientists and Engineers Network (KOSEN), S&T Trends Analysis and Information Technology Development for S&T Infrastructure. he served as Council Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science, and Technology for 2013-2014, and was Professional Committee Member of National Science and Technology Commission for 2011-2014.