Call For Papers, Abstracts and Demonstrations
Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
Honolulu, Hawaii - January 3-7, 2001
The fifth Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), will be held January 3-7,
2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii. PSB will bring together top researchers
from North America, the Asian Pacific nations, Europe and around the world
to exchange research results and address open issues in all aspects of
computational biology. PSB will provide 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. PSB intends to
attract a balanced combination of computer scientists and biologists,
presenting significant original research, demonstrating computer systems,
and facilitating formal and informal discussions on topics of importance to
To provide focus for the very broad area of biological computing, PSB is
organized into a series of specific sessions. Each session will involve
both formal research presentations and open discussion groups. The 2000 PSB
Papers, Abstracts and
Demonstrations The core of the conference consists of rigorously
peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work. Accepted
papers will be published in a hard-bound archival proceedings, and the best
of these will be presented orally to the entire conference. Researchers
wishing to present their research without official publication are
encouraged to submit a one page abstract, and present their work in
discussion, poster and demonstration sessions. Workstations and internet
connections will be available for demonstrations. Please submit detailed
requests for demonstration facilities along with your paper or abstract.
Paper submissions due: July 17, 2000
Notification of paper acceptance: August 28, 2000
Final paper deadline: September 25, 2000
Abstract deadline: November 6, 2000
Meeting: January 3-7, 2001
All papers must be submitted to email@example.com in
electronic format. The file formats we accept are: postscript (*.ps), adobe
acrobat (*.pdf) and Microsoft Word documents (*.doc). Attached files should
be named with the last name of the first author (e.g. altman.ps, altman.pdf,
or altman.doc). Hardcopy submissions or unprocessed TEX or LATEX files will
be rejected without review.
Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter must
state the following:
- The email address of the corresponding author
- The specific PSB session that should review the paper or abstract
- The submitted paper contains original, unpublished results, and is not
currently under consideration elsewhere.
- All co-authors concur with the contents of the paper.
Submitted papers are limited to twelve (12) pages in our publication format.
Please format your paper according to instructions found at
If figures can not be easily
resized and placed precisely in the text, then it should be clear that with
appropriate modifications, the total manuscript length would be within the
Color pictures can be printed at the expense of the authors. The fee is
$500 per page of color pictures, payable at the time of camera ready
Contact Russ Altman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
additional information about paper submission requirements.
We have been able to offer partial travel support to many PSB attendees in
the past, including most authors of accepted full papers who request support
and many graduate students. However, please note that no one is
guaranteed travel support. Travel support applications will be
available on the web site soon.
PSB 2001 Sessions:
Each session has a chair who is responsible for organizing submissions.
Please contact the specific session chair relevant to your interests for
further information. Links on each of the session titles below lead to
more detailed calls for participation for each session.
Cochairs: Francisco De La Vega, Martin Kreitman, Issac Kohane
The session "Human Genome Variation: Linking Genotypes to
Clinical Phenotypes" aims to provide a timely forum on the
computational challenges to correlate the impending flood
of high-throughput genotyping and gene expression profiling
data with clinical phenotypes, and to address the
forthcoming problems in the utilization of this information
in human genetics, pharmacogenetics, populational
genetics, and clinical studies.
Cochairs: Limsoon Wong and Junichi Tsujii
We solicit contributions covering any aspect of the use of
natural language processing in biology applications.
Areas of interest are:
We particularly encourage submissions describing
implemented algorithms and techniques and submissions describing
novel applications of natural language processing in biology.
- Automatic term extraction from biology texts using NLP techniques
- Information extraction from sources such as MEDLINE abstracts
- Information retrieval from scientific journals and existing databases
- Biology corpora annotations
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Peter Karp, Eric Neumann and Pedro Romero
This session is intended to be a forum for addressing the advances and
needs of computational tools for modeling and managing genomic, pathway and
interaction information, including metabolic pathways, signal-transduction
pathways, genetic regulatory circuits, protein-protein interactions, and other
types of biological interactions.
Pedro R. Romero
Jennifer Steinbachs and
This session focuses on topics of immediate and emerging importance
to the phylogenetic analysis of molecular data in the post-genomic
era. The session will bring together researchers from the biological,
computational and mathematical sciences with the goal of achieving a
better understanding of the current issues and challenges in
Thomas Ferrin, Bruce Foster and Richard Hughey
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 computing. 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.
Cochairs: Clay Bracken, A. Keith Dunker and Malin Young
This session examines how structural disorder and flexibility
contribute to protein function. Potential topics include: computational
analysis of disordered and flexible regions of proteins, biophysical
methods of analyzing disordered regions in proteins, computational and
biophysical characterization of order to disorder transitions, and novel
methods of predicting and assessing protein disorder.
Cochairs: Richard Lathrop and Pierre Baldi
The session seeks computational approaches to understanding the
DNA<->Protein<->DNA cycle by which DNA and proteins co-exist,
co-regulate, and co-create each other.
The genomic data available to computational biologists represents the
product of the complex processes of evolution. It has been long
recognized that there is much important information contained in the
encoded evolutionary history. The track will cover use of evolutionary
analyses to model, infer and explain the structure, function, and
evolutionary dynamics of proteins and their sequences.
Richard Goldstein and David Pollock
Bioethics, Fiction Science, and the Future of Mankind
Cochairs: Pierre Baldi and Soren Brunak
This session will have two themes. One is fiction science, i.e. trying to
extrapolate current trends and predict what are some of the possible
scenarios for the future of mankind and civilization, regardless of their
desirability. The second theme is bioethics and will address contemporary
issues such as stem cell research, human cloning, and gene/genome patents.
This session will be organized as a discussion only, and we are not
expecting full papers. Please contact the session chairs if you are
interested in participating.
For further information about the conference, registration, possible travel
support, submission of papers not covered by the above categories, or other
information, please contact the conference coordinator:
PSB Conference Coordinator
Section on Medical Informatics
SUMC, MSOB X-215
Stanford, CA, USA 94305-5479
Telephone: (650) 725-0659 FAX: (650) 725-7944
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This page written by Lawrence Hunter, and last updated on April 19, 2000