Introduction to the contest
With the development of sequencing technology and the accumulation of sequencing data, conventional bioinformatics is facing different degrees of challenges in handling massive biological data. As a national key R&D program in the 14th Five-Year Plan, Biotechnology and Info technology convergence is an important tool to solve the current data mining challenges in life science research. Based on this, under the guidance of Chinese Society of Bioinformatics (in preparation) and Guangdong Science & Technology Infrastructure Center; China National Genebank, Pengcheng Laboratory, BGI·Research launched the 2022 Mammoth International Contest on Omics Sciences（MICOS）, which aims to provide solutions to existing scientific research problems and challenges in the life science field, and lead the innovative development of the life science big data industry; at the same time, to build a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary technical exchange platform for professionals in multiple fields such as life science, medicine, and computer science, to stimulate the innovation consciousness and comprehensive skills of life science big data talents, and to promote the development of Biotechnology and Info technology convergence.
There are 2 tracks in this contest, and the questions are "Stereo-seq Cellular Data Analysis Track" and "Precision Metagenomics Abundance Calculation Track" respectively.
Stereo-seq is an in situ capture spatial whole transcriptome sequencing technology that enables "nanometer resolution" and "centimeter panoramic field of view". The organizers hope that the contestants can apply/improve/develop algorithms for pre-processing and clustering of Stereo-seq data to achieve the goals of reducing algorithm memory consumption and increasing computing speed, while ensuring the accuracy of analysis results.
Metagenomics analysis is a method to extract, sequence, and analyze the microbial composition and function, etc. of all microorganisms (including viruses, archaea, pathogenic bacteria, etc.) DNA within a specific environmental sample. In order to improve the accuracy of microbial profiles, the organizers will provide simulation data and hope that the participants can develop or optimize the algorithm to obtain more accurate profiles, while taking into account the memory consumption and computing speed.
Note: If the above time changes, the latest official announcement shall prevail.
Prize pool amount: $15,000+; 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Excellence Awards respectively.
The winning teams will receive official certificates of the contest.
They will also have the opportunity to be recommended for an interview.
|First Prize||4,500||Personal Genome VIP Test||1|
|Second Prize||2,200||Personal Genome VIP Test||1|
|Third Prize||1,500||Personal Genome VIP Test||1|
|Excellent Prize||450||Personal Genome Test||7|
|First Prize||1,500||Gut Microbiology Test||1|
|Second Prize||750||Gut Microbiology Test||3|
|Third Prize||300||Gut Microbiology Test||6|
|Excellent Prize||0||Gut Microbiology Test||20|
The journal Science Progress (Impact Factor: 2.7) of SAGE Publishing Group was selected to apply for a special issue to publish the results of the contest.