This is the post-event website for PSB 2012.

Information on the upcoming PSB is now available. The PSB 2012 conference materials and electronic proceedings are available. Please see below for more information.

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2012

The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2012 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 2012 was held January 3-7, 2012 at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island of Hawaii.

PSB 2012 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 2012 Sessions

Session Survey Tutorials were offered on January 3, 2012.

PSB 2012 Workshops

PSB offered three three-hour workshops on January 3. The workshops were created to provide an opportunity for a gathering that will not be based on peer-reviewed papers included in the proceedings book. The workshops consisted of presentations by invited speakers. Abstract submissions for the workshops were evaluated by the workshop co-chairs.

Peer Reviewed Papers

The core of the conference consists of rigorously peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work.

Keynote speakers

Elaine Mardis

Elaine Mardis, Professor of Genetics and Molecular Microbiology and Co-director of The Genome Institute at the Washington University School of Medicine, gave a talk entitled Analytical Challenges in Next- and Third-Generation Sequencing Data.

James Heywood

James Heywood, Co-Founder and Chairman, PatientsLikeMe, gave a talk entitled Justice, Consent, and Free Will in a Transparent Medical Age.


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, PSB 2008, PSB 2009, PSB 2010, PSB 2011 and PSB 2012. 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 International Society for Computational Biology

If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor of PSB, please email the PSB Coordinator at psb.hawaii @

Previous PSB Meetings

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

For more information:

Tiffany Murray
PSB Coordinator
Department of Bioengineering
318 Campust Drive S170
Stanford, CA, USA 94305-5444

Telephone: (650) 725-0659 FAX: (650) 723-8544

Email: psb.hawaii @

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