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Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing '98

The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB '98) is 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 are rigorously peer reviewed and are published in an archival proceedings volume. PSB '98 was held January 4-9, 1998, in Hawaii, at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua on Maui. The PSB '98 Schedule, the PSB '98 Electronic Proceedings and PSB '98 Attendee List are available. In addition, PSB '98 information regarding oral speaker and poster information, and acknowledgements is also available.

Keynote Address

PSB '98 is proud to announce that Professor Gregory Petsko, will deliver the 1998 PSB Keynote Address, entitled Structural Biology and Biocomputing: A Marriage Made in Heaven or in the Other Place?.

Papers, Abstracts and Demonstrations

PSB consists of oral presentations of peer reviewed papers, open poster and demonstration sessions, formal discussion sessions, and lots of time for informal interactions. A complete list of accepted full papers for PSB '98 is now available. Each of the ten topical sessions will organize a formal disucssion; to inquire about participating in these sessions, contact the chairs directly.

Poster presenters will be provided with an easel and a poster board at least 32" x 40" (80x100cm). For computer demonstrations, equipment and schedules must be planned with the PSB Conference Coordinator. We strongly suggest that authors of demonstrations also prepare a standard poster in case of hardware problems and for display outside of the scheduled demonstration time.

Travel Information

The conference takes place during Hawaii's peak travel season. Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

The following is a TENTATIVE schedule which may be useful as you make your flight plans:

PSB has arranged for discounts on air travel. Attendees should book through United Airlines at 1-800-521-4041 using the meeting code 513SI. The discount of 5% to 10% off the best published fares is good for domestic travel only; unfortunately, here is no international travel discount being offered by United Airlines this year. PSB has also arranged for discounts on car rental with Alamo. Attendees should book through Alamo at 1-800-732-3232 using rate code GR and ID 514469.

We recognize that a trip to a Hawaiian resort at the holiday season can be expensive, but there are many ways to reduce the costs of the conference. We have prepared a guide to PSB on the cheap which may help you trim your expenses as you plan your trip.

Travel Support

PSB has received grants from DoE and NSF to support travel to PSB '98, and we are supporting the travel of many conference participants. All of the travel money has been awared at this point. Remember to apply early next year....


PSB gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors, including the US Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, Zymogenetics, Upjohn-Pharmacia, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Silicon Graphics, Inc. Other sponsorships are pending.

[DoE logo] [NSF logo] [Zymogenetics logo] [Pharmacia & Upjohn logo] [Millennium logo]

[Silicon Graphics logo][Silicon Graphics logo][Silicon Graphics logo] [Digital Equipment logo] 

If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor of PSB, please contact Keith Dunker (dunker@mail.wsu.edu).

PSB Organizing Committee

Previous PSB Meetings

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

For more information:

    Norma Belfer
    PSB Conference Coordinator
    UCSF Computer Graphics Laboratory
    Box 0446
    513 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, California 94143-0446
    fax: (415) 476-0688
    tel: (415) 476-5128

Version of January 20, 1998.