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:
Also, attendee submitted related links can be submitted or viewed.
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.
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.
If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor of PSB, please contact Keith Dunker (firstname.lastname@example.org).