Machine learning and the protein folding problem

4 June 2021
Professor David Jones

The amazing results of DeepMind's AlphaFold2 in the last CASP experiment  caused a huge stir in both the AI and biology fields, and this was of 
course widely reported in the general media. The claim is that the  protein folding problem has finally been solved, but has it really? Not 
to spoil the ending, but of course not. In this talk I will not be  talking (much) about AlphaFold2 itself, but instead what inspiration we 
can take from it about future directions we might want to take in protein structure bioinformatics research using modern AI techniques. 
Along the way, I'll illustrate my thoughts with some recent and current  machine-learning-based projects from my own lab in the area of protein 
structure and folding.

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