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Ontologies have long provided a core foundation in the organization of biomedical entities, their attributes, and their relationships. With over 500 biomedical ontologies currently available there are a number of new and exciting opportunities emerging in using ontologies for large scale data sharing and data analysis.

This tutorial will help you understand what ontologies are and how they are being used in computational biology and bioinformatics. It will include hands-on examples and exercises and an introduction to Onto2Vec and OPA2Vec, two methods that can be used to learn semantic similarity measures in a data- and application-driven way.



  • The tutorial will be of interest to computational biologists who use, produce or analyse large structured datasets.
  • The tutorial will be at an introductory level, but will also describe current research directions and challenges that will be of broad interest to researchers in computational biology.

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