ELLIIT Focus periods

The guest program within ELLIIT has the goal to unite high-level international researchers and inspire young ELLIIT researchers through personal contacts with top international researchers.  The most important instrument for the ELLIIT guest program is the 5-week focus period, organized twice a year at one of the ELLIIT universities. We strive to create an environment where ELLIIT researchers can work under optimal circumstances in collaboration with other internationally established scientists around a specific research topic. 

Focus Periods Coordinators Anders Rantzer, LU, and Fredrik Heintz, LiU

Spring 2022 – Lund

Data-driven modelling and learning for cancer immunotherapy

Checkpoint inhibitor therapy is a form of cancer treatment that works tremendously well in approximately 30 % of subjects, while being largely ineffective in others. Understanding when and why the therapy works has large implications on the treatment of cancer. In spring 2022, the first ELLIIT focus period will look deeper into this challenge.

For 5 weeks, in the prestigious university town Lund, the focus period will unite young international scholars, ELLIIT researchers and other top international academics active in domains such as:

  • Systems biology
  • Cancer treatment
  • Checkpoint inhibitor therapy
  • Machine learning
  • Dynamical systems
  • Deep learning

During this period, the researchers will work together on jointly defined research topics. In addition to seminars and joint research challenges using unique data sets, a larger workshop with invited top-level scientists will provide knowledge exchange and networking opportunities. The aim of the focus period is to forge new, long lasting, collaborations based on life science research that use and drive the development of novel machine learning techniques.

The full focus period spans April 19 – May 20, 2022.

    Fall 2022 – Linköping

    Topic to be announced

    In fall 2022, a second ELLIIT focus period is organised on a theme yet to be determined (the current working title is “Reasoning and Learning”). The format will be similar to the one in Lund.