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ACLS International Summer School 2017 in Singapore

ACLS International Summer School 2017 in Singapore

Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences (ACLS), Tokyo Tech, is a graduate educational program that aims to train potential leaders who will play an active role internationally in multiple fields in life sciences and computer science. We organize summer schools annually to offer students opportunities to (i) develop leadership by organizing the summer school as students committee, and (ii) enhance international multidisciplinary networking and scientific exchange between life sciences and computer sciences through various activities.

The core activity of the summer school is the Group Work. We include lectures and site visits in the program to help students deepen their thoughts and ideas on the Group Work discussions. There will be a poster session by all the participants to get to know each other. This year we visit Singapore, in which the government takes a strong intiative for research and innovatoin in science to contribute the nation's vision, "Smart Nation". We hope students learn a lot from the country and get insights about relationships between science, technology and society.

Summer School 2017 Brochure

Program Book


Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences (ACLS), Tokyo Institute of Technology


Big Data Analysis for Health and Biomedical Sciences


5 Sep - 12 Sep, 2017 (11 Sep only required for ACLS students, 12 Sep. for returning flight for ACLS students)


Nanyang Technological University


We accepted 26 graduate studedents working in life science, bioinformatics, computer science and related fields who are interested in interacting with students in different diciplines and natioalities.

>>Accepted participants



Cornell University, US 2
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 4
Purdue University, US 1
University of California, Los Angeles, US 2
Université de Strasbourg, France 2
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan 15

Group Work

Proposal of an application that  strengthen human health and wellness using life science related data

This year students were required to identify a problem by engaging a background research about health and biomedical issues in Singapore; for example, in the areas such as populatoin aging, food and water security problem. Students made 5 groups (5-6 students each)  and each group designed an application that leverages data analysis to solve the problem.

>> Find out more about Group Work tasks

Group 1  *** 2nd place award ***

FORCE: Facial symptOms ReCognition systEm Maintaining the healthy lives of elderly citizen.

Antoine Creugny, Norwich Mungkalaton, Hikaru Watanabe, Kento Aoyama, Yao Chen

Group 2

CARDIACCESS: a risk assessment tool for cardiovascular disease.

Xiangkun Elvis Cao, Atsushi Izutani, Yasunobu Asawa, Yicong Huang, Farah Bouhedda

Group 3

Gamification and monitoring of exercise habits of senior citizens.

Ariah Klages-Mundt, Tevfik Umut Dincer, Yusuke Yanagita, Hirotaka Yajima, Takanobu Yasuda, Sandanaraj Edwin

Group 4

PAN: Personal Advisor for Nutrition.

Teerapat Anananuchatkul, Yeonjong Choi, Yeongdae Kim, Ankur Sharma, Mengmeng Zhu

Group 5   *** 1st place award ***

PHOOD: Personalized Health Options for an Optimized Diet.

Venkatraman Anandalakshmi, Ruoming He, Masaru Nakao, Hiroki Ueda, Artur Jaroszewicz

Poster session

The poster session is planned on September 6th to help students getting to know each other. Participants are asked to present posters that introduce their research topic with good background explanation.

NOTE: As the summer school attendees derive from a very diverse academic background especially from computational sciences to life sciences, we humbly seek your cooperation to tune your abstract and poster content to a comprehensible level to attendees of all majors.

Poster Awards
1st place award:

Xiangkun Elvis Cao, FeverPhone: Point of care diagnosis of acute febrile illness using a mobile device.

2nd place award:


Venkatraman Anandalakshmi, TGFBIp-associated corneal dystrophy: exploring structure-based drug development strategies for disease prevention and treatment.


Tuesday, September 5th

Kickoff @ Haneda airport


Dinner @ NTU Alumni House

Wednesday, September 6th
  • Briefing of Summer School
  • Flash Talk and Ice Breaking session

  • Facility Tour (SCELSE, NTU)

  • Invited Lecture by  Dr. Stephan Schuster (SCELSE, NTU)

  • Poster session

  • Group Work 1
Thursday, September 7th
  • Invited Lectures
    • Dr. Takuji Yamada (Tokyo Tech)
    • Dr. Roger Sik Yin Foo (A*STAR GIS)
    • Dr. Yasunori Aizawa (Tokyo Tech)
    • Dr. Vladimir Kuznetsov (A*STAR BII)
  • Group Work 2

  • Intermediate report & feedback
Friday, September 8th
  • Group Work 3

  • Site Visit program (A*STAR)

    • ​A*STAR IBN

    • A*STAR BII

  • Group Work 4
Saturday, September 9th
  • Group Work 5
  • Group Work presentation


  • Panel Review 

    • ​List of reviewers
      • ​Dr. Andrew Tan Nguan Soon (NTU)
      • Dr. Chen Ee Sin (NUS)
      • Dr. Samuel Gan (A*STAR BII)
      • Ms. Susi Varvayanis (Cornell BEST Program)
      • Dr. Yasunori Aizawa (Tokyo Tech)
      • Dr. Yutaka Akiyama (Tokyo Tech)
  • Culural Exchange Dinner

Sunday, September 10th
  • Intercultural Study

Monday, September 11th
  • NTU-Tokyo Tech Joint Symposium (ACLS students only)
  • Flight to home
Tuesday, September 12th

Arrival (Japanese students)

Executive committee

This event is organized by the ACLS (Education Academy of Computational Life Science), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.

Tokyo Tech students (committee leaders)
  • Chairperson: Teerapat Anananuchatkul

  • Vice-chairperson: Hirotaka Yajima

  • Overseas students communication: Hirotaka Yajima, Teerapat Anananuchatkul

  • Cultural exchange: Hirotaka Yajima

  • Abstract book: Yicong Huang

  • Poster session: Norwich Mungkalaton

  • Intercultural study: Yicong Huang 

  • Lecture preparation: Yeonjong Choi

  • Group work: Norwich Mungkalaton

Tokyo Tech faculty members
  • Hiroshi Iwasaki

  • Yutaka Akiyama

  • Fumikazu Konishi

  • Shuntaro Chiba

  • Hidehiro Ito

  • Dragomirka Jovic

  • Yumiko Kurokawa

  • Nobuyuki Uchikoga

  • Takahisa Yano

  • Ryunosuke Yoshino

  • Yuri Matsuzaki


  • Tomoko Okada

  • Yuka Tamaki


We would like to express a special thanks to the following people:

Event organization
Nanyang Technological University

Dr. James P. Tam, Dr. Jasmine Soon Fen Fen, Dr. Andrew Tan Nguan Soon, Ms. Teo li Lian, Ms. Ong Si Yin Jane

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Dr. Hisakazu Mihara, Dr. Yasunori Aizawa, Ms. Emi Kumagai, Ms. Emi Nogami, Ms. Machiko Okuda, Ms. Mariko Onose, Ms. Tomomi Tanaka, Ms. Fumiko Tanigawa

Site visit arrangements
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR

Ms. Nor Azzah Isnin, Dr. Ichiro Hirao, Youth Research Program

Bioinformatics Institute, A*STAR

Dr. Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, Dr. Samuel Gan, Dr. Vachiranee Limviphuvadh, Ms. Betty Kee, Ms. Cristine Low

University sites
Universite de Strasbourg

Dr. Eric Westhof, Dr. Pascale Romby

Cornell University

Ms. Susi Varvayanis

Purdue University

Dr. Daisuke Kihara

University of California, Los Angeles

Mr. Petko Fiziev





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