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This is the post-event web site for PSB '99.

Information on PSB 2000 is now available. The PSB '99 attendance list, electronic proceedings, submitted PSB-related links and other useful information can be found below.

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing '99

The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB '99) 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 '99 was held January 4-9, 1999, in Hawaii, at The Orchid at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii.

PSB '99 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.

In 1999, the PSB sessions were:

In addition, PSB hosted a public meeting of the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBionet), which was formed during PSB'98. The minutes from the APBionet '99 meeting are now available.

Attendance list and related links

The list of registrants is available.

Also, attendee submitted related links can be submitted or viewed.

Peer Reviewed Papers

The core of the conference consists of rigorously peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work. The on-line proceedings contains more than 80% of the papers. 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 address

Steven A. Benner, of the University of Florida, gave the keynote lecture, entitled Functional Genomics: Connecting Natural Selection with Protein Sequence. The abstract and a brief bio are available.


This year, PSB offered tutorials in the areas of many of the sessions. Each tutorial lasted three hours, and was intended to provide the background necessary for non-specialists to appreciate the session contents. Consult the detailed information about tutorials for topics, times, and fees.

Conference Registration and Travel Reservations

Please, make your hotel reservations early. Space in the hotel is especially limited before the conference, so if you are planning to extend you stay, reserve your room right away. You also probably want to make your hotel reservation before you call for airline reservations, to ensure that there is room available when you arrive. We have provided a convenient form for making your hotel reservations.

PSB has arranged for discounts on air travel. Attendees should book through United Airlines at 1-800-521-4041 using the meeting code 525SP. 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.

We recognize that the cost of traveling to a resort area during peak tourist season can be high. We have done everything we could to keep expenses to a minimum, and provide a useful guide to PSB on the cheap.

You probably want to fly into Kailua-Kona airport (KOA), which is much closer to the conference site than Hilo airport (ITO). Either way, you will need ground transportation to the hotel. See our guide to PSB on the cheap for more information.

PSB has also arranged for discounts on car rental with Alamo. Attendees should book through Alamo at 1-800-732-3232, refering to meeting ID 514469GR.

Travel Support

PSB has limited funds for travel support to PSB '99. However, the support application period ended November 30, 1998.


PSB gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors. We would like to offer a special thanks to the Department of Energy for their participation since the founding of the conference, and for their commitment to support PSB'99, PSB2000, and PSB'01. Other sponsors include: Please visit our sponsors' web sites, and tell them you appreciate their support of PSB.

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

Previous PSB Meetings

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

For more information:

    PSB Conference Coordinator
    Kevin Lauderdale
    PSB Coordinator
    Section on Medical Informatics
    SUMC, MSOB X-215
    Stanford, CA, USA 94305-5479
    Telephone: (650) 725-0659 FAX: (650) 725-7944

This page is no longer being updated. This is the version of January 20, 1999.