Bio Informatics

The past decade has seen the introduction of new technologies that increasingly lowered the cost of genomic sequencing. We can even observe that the cost of sequencing is dropping significantly faster than the cost of storage and transmission. The latter motivates a need for continuous improvements in the area of genomic data compression, not only at the level of effectiveness (compression rate), but also at the level of functionality (e.g. random access), configurability (effectiveness versus complexity, coding tool set . . .) and versatility (support for both sequenced reads and assembled sequences). 

Research in IDLab-MEDIA has led to some of the cornerstones of the MPEG-G standard for genomic data compression (expected publication in 2019).

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