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Machine learning and artificial intelligence are dramatically changing the way businesses operate and people live. The TWIML AI Podcast brings the top minds and ideas from the world of ML and AI to a broad and influential community of ML/AI researchers, data scientists, engineers and tech-savvy business and IT leaders.

Hosted by Sam Charrington, a sought after industry analyst, speaker, commentator and thought leader.

Jan 23, 2020

Today we’re joined by Jannis Born, Ph.D. student at ETH & IBM Research Zurich. We caught up with Jannis a few weeks back at NeurIPS, to discuss: 

  • His research paper “PaccMann<sup>RL</sup>: Designing anticancer drugs from transcriptomic data via reinforcement learning,” a framework built to accelerate new anticancer drug discovery. 
  • How his background in cognitive science and computational neuroscience applies to his current ML research.
  • How reinforcement learning fits into the goal of cancer drug discovery, and how deep learning has changed this research.
  • Jannis describes a few interesting observations made during the training of their DRL learner. 
  • And of course, Jannis offers us a step-by-step walkthrough of how the framework works to predict the sensitivity of cancer drugs on a cell and subsequently discover new anticancer drugs. 

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