WebValley is the FBK summer school for dissemination of interdisciplinary research: almost 300 students (17-18y old) have attended the WebValley camps since its first edition in 2001. WebValley started as a regional initiative for high school students from Trentino Alto-Adige SüdTirol, and it is now an opportunity for national and international students to experiment scientific research.
The WebValley formula: Create a team of enthusiast and motivated high school students (18 y) tutored by researchers.
The scientific theme of WebValley 2020 was Artificial Intelligence for Computational Biology.
The single-cell sequencing (SCS) is the most advanced omics technology, collecting the sequence information from individual cells and providing a higher resolution of the cellular structure and supporting a deeper investigation of the functions of an individual cell within its environment. Supported by a team of computational biologists, the WebValley Team explored SCS data through unsupervised learning models and dimensionality reduction algorithms. In particular, advanced clustering techniques and UMAP manifold projections were used to identify novel patterns possibly revealing different phenotypes yet undetected.
WebValley 2020 Video Promo (Ita only)
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How it works
The team accepts a challenge by a collaborating scientist from Ecology, Biology or Social Sciences and develops in two weeks a new web-based prototype for data analysis and management. The school strongly encourages the participation of all genders and various backgrounds.
Students are introduced to Open Source software solutions (scientific programming, web interfaces, database, GIS and data analysis); they discuss, design and develop the new system interacting with scientists. They learn to select tools, organize their own workplan, and respond with a new solution to a problem of ethical interest. A working prototype web solution and technical results are presented at the end of the two week period.
The project activities are developed mostly in teamwork as in a true research environment, that is informal and of high quality in resources, competence and organization. Each student can differently contribute to project with ideas, software code or data preparation, design of new web interfaces, project presentation.