Call for Papers

High Performance Computing for Computational Biology

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
January 3-7, 2001

Session Co-chairs:

Thomas Ferrin
Univ. of California, San Francisco

Bruce Foster
Compaq Computer Corporation

Richard Hughey
University of California, Santa Cruz


The successes of the various genome projects have largely solved the problems of mapping, sequencing, and initial annotation to produce the enormous volumes of data currently available. Now, in the post-genomic era, the tasks are both more difficult and diverse, requiring new theoretical constructs and technologies for turning this information into knowledge, and new computational approaches that address the efficiency, scalability, and cost issues associated with large-scale biocomputing. In addition, scientists are growing increasingly dependent on facile user interfaces to databases and applications in order to manage the large volume of scientific data that they must deal with on a day-to-day basis, and this has created an acute need to develop computational tools that are specifically targeted at the problems faced by the "quantative biologist."


This session provides a forum to present new algorithms and methods for computational biology, especially those aimed at addressing efficiency, scalability, and cost issues associated with high-performance biocomputing. Computational methods for sequence analysis, structure and function prediction, neural information theory, whole genome analysis, pharmacgenomics, expression microarrays, and large structure and in-vivo imaging are examples of topics of interest.

The goal of this session is to bring together computational biologists, researchers, and practitioners in order to present recent developments and to discuss how this community can help assist the broader scientific community in accessing and utilizing the wealth of biological data now available.


All PSB paper submissions must be submitted electronicly via email to Russ Altman ( We accept postscript, pdf and Microsoft Word format files. We can NOT accept Tex files or other word processors. Please follow the paper formating instructions available from Please note that all submissions must be accompanied by an (email) cover letter that specifies by which specific session (if any) the paper should be reviewed. Please also include a statement in the cover letter that the paper that contains original unpublished results not currently under consideration elsewhere and that all co-authors concur with its contents. Each manuscript will be refereed by at least three reviewers.


July 17, 2000: Manuscript due (see e-mail address above)

August 28, 2000: Notification of accepted papers

September 25, 2000: Accepted camera ready manuscripts due

November 6, 2000: Poster abstracts due