Genomic Information Representation

A seminar on Genome Compression Standardization has been held on 23rd February 2016 during the 114th MPEG meeting in San Diego.

The purpose of this seminar was twofold: to raise the awareness on the need of new approaches to genome compression for the efficient handling of the increasing flood of sequencing data and to collect requirements from stakeholders from the different fields interested in the acquisition and processing of genome data.


The main topics covered by the seminar presentations were:

  • New approaches, tools and algorithms to compress genome sequence data
  • Genome compression and genomic medicine applications
  • Objectives and issues of quality scores compression and impact on downstream analysis applications

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
4240 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
(see the 114th MPEG meeting website for further details)

Organizing Committee:
Marco Mattavelli (EPFL), Joern Ostermann (TNT), Mikel Hernaez (Stanford University)


Speaker Title
Marco Mattavelli – chairman of MPEG Ad-hoc group on Genome Compression and Storage MPEG experience in Genomic Information Representation
Come Raczy – Illumina Compression
Bayo Lau – Bina Technology/Roche Sequencing Practical Considerations of Genomic Data
Cenk Sahinalp – Simon Fraser University Vancouver High Throughput Sequencing Compression – State of the Art
Yong Zhang – Co-convenor of TC 276 “Biotechnology” WG 5 “Data Processing” The Time of Peta-byte Is Coming. Challenges and Opportunities in Big BioData
Joern Ostermann – MPEG Requirements Chair MPEG workplan for Genome Compression Standardization

The presentations showed during the workshop can be found in the Documents page