I'm a second year bachelor electrical engineering student and self-taught programmer. I've always had a interest for biology, but never got into it (besides two year biology in secondary school and some basic biochemistry in chemistry class).
I'm especially fascinated by the interplay between computer science and biology, both computer science used for biology and computer science concepts inspired by biology. Think of things like the human genome project, genetic algorithms, deep learning, protein structure prediction etc etc. I think many of this things (the computer science used for biology things) are - as far as I know - part of bioinformatics.
I've done challenges on Rosalind and although they are nice, it feels more like training/reinventing the wheel. Althrough it may be too much to ask, I'm want to do something "real" which could actually be used. Not that I want to start straight away without learning, but I don't have a picture in mind of what I can do after learning some theory.
I'm looking for an overview of the field of bioinformatics and some guide on how to get started. Some examples on what I can work on. Maybe there are some power intensive algorithm I can start designing chips (ASICs) for, in order to speed up the process. This just one example.
I hope you can help me, thanks in advance.