This is the post-event Web site for PSB 2008.

Information on the upcoming PSB is now available. The PSB 2008 attendance list, electronic proceedings, submitted PSB-related links, and other useful information can be found below.

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2008

The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2008 was an international, multidisciplinary conference for the presentation and discussion of current research in the theory and application of computational methods in problems of biological significance. Papers and presentations were rigorously peer reviewed and were published in an archival proceedings volume. PSB 2008 was held January 4-8, 2008 at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island of Hawaii.

PSB 2008 brought together top researchers from the US, the Asian Pacific nations, and around the world to exchange research results and address open issues in all aspects of computational biology. PSB is a forum for the presentation of work in databases, algorithms, interfaces, visualization, modeling and other computational methods, as applied to biological problems, with emphasis on applications in data-rich areas of molecular biology.

The PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass in sub-disciplines within biocomputing. For that reason, it is the only meeting whose sessions are defined dynamically each year in response to specific proposals. PSB sessions are organized by leaders in the emerging areas, and targeted to provide a forum for publication and discussion of research in biocomputing's "hot topics." In this way, PSB provides an early forum for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this rapidly changing field.

PSB 2008 Sessions

PSB 2008 Tutorials

There were 9 survey tutorials of the PSB 2008 sessions (1 hour) on Friday, January 4, 2008.

The PSB 2008 tutorial fees are as follows: $25 inclusive for all survey tutorials.

The tutorial fees cover the cost of the tutorial presentations, notes, and breaks.

Session Survey Tutorials:

The list of PSB 2008 attendees is available.

Peer Reviewed Papers

The core of the conference consists of rigorously peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work. The online proceedings contain 100% of the papers. The 2008 bound proceedings volume is available for $75.00 plus shipping; if you are interested in purchasing it, please send an email to the PSB Coordinator at The complete set of peer reviewed papers is available as a bound proceedings volume and can be ordered from World Scientific Press. See the original call for papers for more information.

Keynote speakers

John Dupre, Director of Egenis, Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Exeter, gave a keynote lecture entitled What Is an Organism?

Andrew McCulloch, Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego, gave a keynote lecture entitled Systems Biology and Multi-Scale Modeling of the Heart.


PSB gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors. We would like to offer a special thanks to the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health for their participation since the founding of the conference and for their commitment to travel support for PSB 1999, PSB 2000, PSB 2001, PSB 2002, PSB 2003, PSB 2004, PSB 2005, PSB 2006, PSB 2007, and PSB 2008. PSB is affiliated with the International Society for Computational Biology.

Please visit our sponsors' websites and let them know you appreciate their support of PSB.

National Library of Medicine National Science Foundation International Society for Computational Biology Applied Biosystems

If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor of PSB, please contact the PSB Coordinator.

Previous PSB Meetings

Information about previous PSB meetings, including the full electronic proceedings, is available.

For more information:

PSB Conference Coordinator
Tiffany Murray
PSB Coordinator
Department of Genetics
300 Pasteur Dr, L301 MC: 5120
Stanford, CA, USA 94305-5120
Telephone: (650) 725-0659 FAX: (650) 725-3863

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