Program & Invited Speakers

Day of the 4th MolVA Workshop: June 14, 2021

Chairs: Michael Krone, Björn Sommer First session
09:00 — 09:05 Opening
09:05 — 09:45 Invited talk: A la carte biomolecular design: algorithms and supercomputing
Victor Guallar
09:45 — 10:00 A collaborative molecular graphics tool for knowledge dissemination with augmented reality and 3D printing
Mathieu Noizet, Valentine Peltier, Hervé Deleau, Manuel Dauchez, Stéphanie Prévost, and Jessica Jonquet-Prevoteau
10:00 — 10:20 Computational design, fabrication and evaluation of rubber protein models
Thomas Alderighi, Daniela Giorgi, Luigi Malomo, Paolo Cignoni, and Monica Zoppè
10:20 — 10:40 VRdeo: Creating Engaging Educational Material for Asynchronous Student-Teacher Exchange Using Virtual Reality
Vojtech Bruža, Jan Byška, Jan Mičan, Barbora Kozlíková
Chair: Jan Byška Second session
11:00 — 11:20 A Framework for Uncertainty-Aware Visual Analytics of Proteins
Robin G. C. Maack, Michael L. Raymer, Thomas Wischgoll, Hans Hagen, and Christina Gillmann
11:20 — 11:40 Topological analysis of density fields: an evaluation of segmentation methods
Alexei Abrikosov, Talha bin Masood, Martin Falk, Ingrid Hotz
11:40 — 12:35 Invited talk: On protein interactions – how to visually communicate them?
Barbora Kozlíková
12:35 — 12:40 Closing remarks

Invited Speakers:

Victor Guallar

A la carte biomolecular design: algorithms and supercomputing

We are witnessing a significant revolution in the way science is performed. Just 20 years ago, pharmaceutical companies fired many of their computational chemists after the frustration from the (false?) high expectations that modelling had created. We should admit that most of the scientific community did not appreciate bioinformatics. My experimental faculty colleagues, at Washington University at that time, always looked over us with a fake smile. And in the last few years, all has changed. Today, there is no serious pharmaceutical effort that does not start with an exhaustive in silico study. And it is catching up in many more areas of biotechnology, such as enzyme engineering, or material science. One could even state that it is general to all science: it does first get modelled. What has happened in these 10-15 years? Clearly, we have seen an explosion of better algorithms and of the available data to test/train them; all these happening under easy and cheap access to vast supercomputing resources. We will discuss in this talk these advances, focusing on some contributions from our lab and on what we foresee for the next few years.

Bio: Dr. Guallar performed his PhD between the University Autonomous of Barcelona (Spain) and UC Berkeley (USA), with defense in November 1999. In 2003, after three years as a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University (New York, USA), he was appointed assistant professor at Washington University School of Medicine (St Louis, USA). In 2006 he was awarded his current ICREA professor position at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Since then, his laboratory (EAPM) has grown considerably, keeping a productive international character, and developing important contributions in computational biophysics, such as the protein-ligand modeling software PELE, and biochemistry, recently centered on enzyme engineering. Prof. Guallar has been awarded several important research projects, including a prestigious advanced ERC grant (the youngest researcher to receive it in Spain). His research has produced over a 170 papers in international journals, reaching an H-index of 44 and having directed 16 PhD thesis. In addition to algorithms development (and their application), the group has recently placed importance in adding interdisciplinary fields, such as molecular visualization techniques, and data mining and software optimization through machine learning algorithms. Prof. Guallar is also a founder of the first spin off from BSC, Nostrum Biodiscovery, a young biotech enterprise created in 2015 which aims to collaborate with pharmaceutical and biotech companies dedicated to the development of drugs and molecules of biotechnological interest

Barbora Kozlíková

On protein interactions – how to visually communicate them?

In molecular visualization, there are several specific challenges, spanning from understanding single molecular structures, their function, and behavior, to studying their interactivity with other molecular structures. In this talk, I will focus on the latter problem, interactions of protein structures and their visual representation. We will discuss the already existing approaches, as well as the most intrinsic problems that are still waiting to be addressed.

Bio: Dr. Barbora Kozlíková is an Associate Professor at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, where she established and is heading Visitlab, the research laboratory focusing on designing visualizations for different application domains. One of the core topics of her research is the visualization and visual analysis of biomolecular structures, with a specific focus on molecular dynamics simulations, molecular docking, and molecular interactions. Dr. Kozlíková is also experimenting with virtual reality and its application in molecular modeling and education.