We would like to bring your attention to the upcoming workshop:
to be held in Oslo, 15-16 May 2019 at Scandic Holmenkollen Hotel.

We bring together experts in systems medicinemathematical oncology and bioinformatics to discuss novel concepts for personalise cancer medicine. Check the workshop website for more details:

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Robert A. Gatenby, Moffitt Cancer Center, USA

  • Ivo Gut, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain

  • Francesca Buffa, University of Oxford, UK

  • Gyan Bhanot, Rutgers University, USA

  • Peter Van Loo, The Francis Crick Institute, UK

  • Sampsa Hautaniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland

  • Wenyi Wang, MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

  • Haralampos Hatzikirou, Helmholtz Center, Germany

  • Dominique Barbolosi, Aix Marseille University, France

  • Rebecka Jörnsten, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

  • Mark Robertson-Tessi, Moffit Cancer Center, USA

  • Julia Casado, University of Helsinki, Finland

  • Kevin Leder, University of Minnesota, USA

  • Shridar Ganesan Rutgers Cancer Institute, USA

  • Peter A. Fasching Erlangen University Hospital, Germany

  • Jasmine Foo University of Minnesota, USA

  • Alvaro Köhn-Luque, University of Oslo, Norway

Registration is free but mandatory in a first come first serve bases for up to 75 participants. It includes two full days of lectures, lunches and coffee breaks with refreshments (thanks to funding from BigInsight, UiO: Life Science, NORBIS, Norwegian Biochemical Society and Digital Life Norway).

We hope many of you will join. If so, you should register as soon as possible. 

Best regards
The workshop organisers:
Vessela N. Kristensen, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo
Alvaro Köhn-Luque, Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Oslo
Arnoldo Frigessi, Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Oslo
Jasmine Foo, University of Minnesota, USA


PhD position in Statistics, Risk and Reliability Analysis

Dear colleagues,  

A PhD position in Statistics, Risk and Reliability Analysis is available at the Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo. 

Deadline for submitting applications is 7th April. More details about the position and information on how to apply can be found at

If you know any good candidates, then it would be great if you would forward this message to them.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question.

Best regards,
Sven Ove Samuelsen


Future technology fighting life-threatening infections

Staphylococcus epidermidis is an ubiquitous colonizer of healthy human skin, but it is also a notorious source of serious nosocomial infections with indwelling devices and surgical procedures such as hip replacements. It has not been known whether all members of the S. epidermidis population colonizing the skin asymptomatically are capable of causing such infections, or if some of them have a heightened tendency to do so when they enter either the bloodstream or a deep tissue.

Prof Jukka Corander from OCBE UiO, and part of BigInsight's focus on infectious diseases, joined a team of microbiologists and geneticists to unravel this mystery. By combining large-scale population genomics and in vitro measurements of immunologically relevant features of these bacteria, they were able to use machine learning to successfully predict the risk of developing a serious, and possibly life-threatening infection from the genomic features of a bacterial isolate.

This opens the door for future technology where high-risk genotypes are identified proactively when a person is to undergo a surgical procedure, which has high potential to reduce the burden of nosocomial infections caused by S. epidermidis.

Read more:

Prof. Jukka Corander

Prof. Jukka Corander

BigInsight Career Day

The first BigInsight career day took place on Wednesday the 7th of November at Popsenteret. Most of the partners were present and gave a pitch of their company. More than 40 master, PhD and postdocs attended this successful event.

After the presentations, there was tapas and good drinks and all used the time to mingle and made contacts.


BigInsight Day 2018

The yearly BigInsight Workshop was held on Monday 29th October at the headquarter of DNB. Representatives from the different partners, in addition to project members, were present. It was a successful event with a wide selection of presentations of our projects, ideas and results.

This year the Workshop started with breakfast and a morning dance. DJ Tveten was playing space disco, house and techno.


R package BayesMallows released on CRAN!

The R package "BayesMallows: Bayesian Preference Learning with the Mallows Rank Model" has been finally released on CRAN website:

The package implements a quite general Bayesian inferential framework for preference data using the Mallows rank model, as described in Vitelli, Sørensen, Crispino, Frigessi and Arjas: "Probabilistic preference learning with the Mallows rank model", Journal of Machine Learning Research, 2018

Authors of the package are: Øystein Sørensen, Valeria Vitelli, Marta Crispino and Qingua Liu. The mantainer is Øystein Sørensen.


2018 black-box seminars: Personalised explanations of personalised predictions

Dear all Big Insighters,
Big Insight has a new innovation objective called "AI – Explanation & Law". We have planned three so-called black-box seminars on personalised explanations of personalised predictions. The seminars is for BigInsight partners only and will be held at Norwegian Computing Centre, Alfa/Omega.

September 12, 9:00-11:00:
"Personalised explanations – what is it and why should we care about it?"

October 10, 9:00-11:00:
"Personalised predictions: Ethics, anonymization, ownership of data and
making data public"

November 16, 9:00-11:00:
"Methods for personalised explanations"

See the enclosed, preliminary program for details. Registration is not necessary.

Big welcome!