Landmark Ideas Series: The Computational Future and Biomedicine (Video Available)

Speaker: Stephen Wolfram, PhD, at Wolfram Research

Date: October 7, 2021 at 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Dr. Stephen Wolfram  –  creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; the originator of the Wolfram Physics Project; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research – will speak about the computational future and biomedicine. Dr. Wolfram will share a roadmap for recentering biomedicine around computation and give insights into harnessing data driven science to transform the biomedical landscape. This should be a relevant and an illuminating talk from one of the foremost leaders in computational health.  

Stephen Wolfram is the creator of MathematicaWolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; the originator of the Wolfram Physics Project; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of more than four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science, technology and business. Born in London in 1959, Wolfram was educated at EtonOxford and Caltech. He published his first scientific paper at the age of 15, and had received his PhD in theoretical physics from Caltech by the age of 20. Wolfram's early scientific work was mainly in high-energy physicsquantum field theory and cosmology, and included several now-classic results. Having started to use computers in 1973, Wolfram rapidly became a leader in the emerging field of scientific computing, and in 1979 he began the construction of SMP—the first modern computer algebra system—which he released commercially in 1981. In recognition of his early work in physics and computing, Wolfram became in 1981 the youngest recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Late in 1981 Wolfram then set out on an ambitious new direction in science aimed at understanding the origins of complexity in nature. Wolfram's first key idea was to use computer experiments to study the behavior of simple computer programs known as cellular automata. And starting in 1982, this allowed him to make a series of startling discoveries about the origins of complexity. The papers Wolfram published quickly had a major impact, and laid the groundwork for the emerging field that Wolfram called complex systems research.


Publications

Hswen Y, Thorpe Huerta D, Le-Compte C, Hawkins JB, Brownstein JS. A 10-Year Social Media Analysis Exploring Hospital Online Support of Black Lives Matter and the Black Community. JAMA network open 2021.

Le TT, Gutiérrez-Sacristán A, Son J, Hong C, South AM, Beaulieu-Jones BK, Loh NHW, Luo Y, Morris M, Ngiam KY, Patel LP, Samayamuthu MJ, Schriver E, Tan ALM, Moore J, Cai T, Omenn GS, Avillach P, Kohane IS, , Visweswaran S, Mowery DL, Xia Z. Multinational characterization of neurological phenotypes in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Scientific reports 2021.

Steffens MS, Dunn AG, Marques MD, Danchin M, Witteman HO, Leask J. Addressing Myths and Vaccine Hesitancy: A Randomized Trial. Pediatrics 2021.

Mohsen H, Gunasekharan V, Qing T, Seay M, Surovtseva Y, Negahban S, Szallasi Z, Pusztai L, Gerstein MB. Network propagation-based prioritization of long tail genes in 17 cancer types. Genome biology 2021.

Zhang HG, Hejblum BP, Weber GM, Palmer NP, Churchill SE, Szolovits P, Murphy SN, Liao KP, Kohane IS, Cai T. ATLAS: an automated association test using probabilistically linked health records with application to genetic studies. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2021.