Keynote speakers include:
Siewert-Jan Marrink uses simulation techniques to analyze the interaction between the various proteins and fatty acids in the cell membrane. Classic biochemical analyses are not suited to this, because cell membranes are not homogenous but contain numerous different nanodomains that are too small to study separately.
Scientists therefore work with simulations that depict the interactions between the different molecular building blocks. There are very detailed simulations at the atomic scale, which require a huge amount of calculation time, and less precise 'coarse-grained' simulations that simulate groups of atoms. These provide less detailed information, but at a much faster rate.
By using modern data gathering, processing, interpretation, and visualization methods we can now do exploratory research on a scale that is unheard of. The applications of these methods are quite diverse. Some of the LIACS projects help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, interpret illustrated handwritten archives, process large data volumes of radio-telescopes, and simplify physics formulas.
Aske Plaat's core expertise is in machine learning, more specifically in parallel combinatorial optimization algorithms and games.