Inaugural Symposium

“Intelligent Oncology – The Potential of AI to Cure Cancer“


Connecting investigators and other visionaries aiming to boost cancer research with the help of modern AI methods. Bringing together leading experts from interdisciplinary fields such as physicians, computer scientists, cell and molecular biologists, as well as from pharma and the med-tech industry. We are exploring new pathways in cancer treatment with AI together. Our common goal: push the boundaries of what is possible. Joining forces, we can learn to cure cancer.


The theme of the symposium is AI-assisted cancer research, and our aim is to present the states-of-the art in cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment with data-driven methods. Our goal is to identify high-impact research directions, and to connect experts from academia and industry, in order to foster collaborations and translation into clinical practice.


Prof. Dr. Mascha Binder
CRIION Scientific Director Clinical Oncology & University Hospital Halle

Prof. Dr. Joschka Boedecker
CRIION Scientific Director AI & Department of Computer Science, University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. Melanie Börries
CRIION Scientific Director Systems Medicine & Medical Center, University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Robert Zeiser
CRIION Scientific Director Translational Oncology & Medical Center, University of Freiburg

Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Roland Mertelsmann
CEO Mertelsmann Foundation & Medical Center, University of Freiburg

Maria Kalweit, M.Sc.
CRIION Head of Applied AI Research & Department of Computer Science, University of Freiburg

Gabriel Kalweit, M.Sc.
CRIION Head of Fundamental AI Research & Department of Computer Science, University of Freiburg


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09:00 – 09:10

Prof. Roland Mertelsmann and
Prof. Joschka Bödecker, CRIION

09:10 – 09:15

Welcome remarks from Baden-Württemberg
Nadyne Saint-Cast, Abgeordnete im Landtag
Baden-Württemberg, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

09:15 – 09:20

Welcome remarks from the city of Freiburg
Thomas Stoffel, Leiter Abteilung Wirtschaftsförderung der Freiburg Touristik Wirtschaft und Messe GmbH & Co. KG

09:20 – 09:40

Welcome remarks from the University and University Hospital
Chancellor Christina Leib-Keßler
Chief medical director Prof. Frederik Wenz
Dekan Prof. Roland Zengerle

Medical director Prof. Justus Duyster

-Coffee break-

Session I: AI-assisted Diagnosis and Treatment

chairs: Prof. Melanie Börries & Prof. Joschka Boedecker

10:00 – 10:30

AI in cancer genomics
Dr. Quaid Morris, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York, USA

10:30 – 11:00

AI in hematology: computer vision and machine learning for improved diagnosis and risk stratification
Dr. Jan Moritz Middeke, University Hospital Dresden, Germany

11:00 – 11:30

Towards clinical decision support in oncology: Data integration, outcome models, and intuitive software
Dr. Nikolaus Schultz, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

-Lunch break & poster presentation-

Session II: Towards a Better Understanding of Cancer via AI

chairs: Prof. Robert Zeiser & Prof. Rolf Backofen

13:30 – 14:00

Dissecting intra-tumor heterogeneity by single cell RNA-seq
Dr. Itay Tirosh, Weizmann Institute, Israel

14:00 – 14:30

SIMON says: Deciphering the human immune responses using machine learning
Dr. Adriana Tomic, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

14:30 – 15:00

Clinical intelligent systems in the wild?
Prof. Lena Maier-Hein, German Cancer Research Center Germany (online)

15:00 – 15:30

The deep learning architecture of AlphaFold

Prof. Olaf Ronneberger, Google DeepMind, United Kingdom (cancelled)

-Coffee break-

Session III: On the Practical Use of AI in Oncology

chairs: Dr. Florian Scherer & Prof. Roland Zengerle

16:00 – 16:30

Droplet microfluidics in antibody discovery and personalized cancer therapy
Prof. Christoph Merten, EPFL, Switzerland

16:30 – 17:00

Predicting adaptive immunity using systems immunology and machine learning
Dr. Victor Greiff, University of Oslo, Norway

17:00 – 17:30

Philosophy of AI for health
Dr. Ignacio Mastroleo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

17:30 – 17:50

WrapUp: Learning to cure cancer & Poster award ceremony

Prof. Joschka Boedecker & Prof. Roland Mertelsmann

17:50 – 18:00


-Networking Apéro-

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Dr. Victor Greiff

University of Oslo, Norway

Dr. Ignacio Mastroleo

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Jan Moritz Middeke

University Hospital Dresden, Germany

Prof. Olaf Ronneberger

Google DeepMind, United Kingdom

Dr. Itay Tirosh

Weizmann Institute, Israel

Prof. Lena Maier-Hein

German Cancer Research Center, Germany

Prof. Christoph Merten

EPFL, Switzerland

Dr. Quaid Morris

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

Dr. Nikolaus Schultz

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

Dr. Adriana Tomic

University of Oxford, United Kingdom