GHGA Lecture Series: Joachim Schultze (virtual)

Joachim Schulze from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases presented "Swarm Learning, from research to medical use of genomic data" at the GHGA lecture series ("Advances in Data-Driven Biomedicine") on January 24, 2022.




Joachim L. Schultze is Founding Director of Systems Medicine at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and of the Single Cell PRECISE Platform (DZNE/ Bonn University). He went to Medical School in Tübingen, spent 10 years at Harvard Medical School, in Boston before he returned to Germany with a Sofia Kovalevskaya Award of the Humboldt Foundation. He is the coordinator of the German DFG-funded NGS competence centers in Germany and speaker of the West German Genome Center at the Bonn site. With his team he was the first to apply memory driven computing and Swarm Learning to medical research. Swarm Learning is a decentralized machine-learning approach to facilitate the integration of medical data from basically any data owner without violating privacy laws. It unites edge computing, blockchain-based peer-to-peer networking and coordination while maintaining confidentiality without the need for a central coordinator, thereby going beyond federated learning. He will describe first use cases and how Swarm Learning can be further developed towards clinical use and genomics.