PSB 2010

PSB Workshops

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

Big Island of Hawaii -- January 4-8, 2010

The fifteenth Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), will be held January 4-8, 2010 at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of 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 computational biology.

PSB is offering two three-hour workshops on January 4, 2010. These workshops were created to provide an opportunity for a gathering that will not be based on peer-reviewed papers included in the proceedings book. The workshops will consist of presentations by invited speakers. Abstract submissions for the workshops will be evaluated by the workshop co-chairs.

In addition, a special workshop on Genotype-Phenotype-Drug Relationship Extraction from Text will be held sometime (exact date to be announced) during the main conference, January 5-8, 2009.

PSB 2010 Workshops:

Each workshop 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.

In silico biology

Co-chairs: Richard Goldstein, Phil Husbands, Chrisantha Fernando, and Dov Stekel

Despite advances in experimental and computational methods, many questions remain unanswerable, especially concerning the process that gave rise to current organisms. Rather than analysing existent living systems, we can create artificial computational systems that have properties characteristic of natural living systems, with the aim of discovering the general and fundamental principles of life rather than purely the elucidation of the workings of specific examples.

Important dates:
Workshop: January 4, 2010

Contact: Richard Goldstein
Email: richard.goldstein @

Metagenomics, Metadata and Metaanalysis (m3)

Co-chairs: Dawn Field, Lynette Hirschman, Peter Sterk, and John Wooley

The m3 PSB workshop will bring together researchers generating (meta) genomic data, researchers concerned with the creation and implementation of standards, and researchers building the computational and algorithmic infrastructure required to fully exploit the metagenomic data and metadata.

Important dates:
Abstract deadline: July 20, 2009 (submit directly to Peter Sterk)
Speaker notification: August 31, 2009
Workshop: January 4, 2010

Contact: Peter Sterk
Email: ps8 at

GPD-Rxn Workshop: Genotype-Phenotype-Drug Relationship Extraction from Text

Co-chairs: Adrien Coulet, Nigam Shah, Larry Hunter, Chitta Baral and Russ B. Altman

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on the automatic or semi-automatic extraction of relationships between biomedical entities from research literature. The workshop will focus particularly on methods for the extraction of Genotype-Phenotype, Genotype-Drug, and Phenotype-Drug relationships and the use of the relationships for advancing pharmacogenomic research.

Important dates:
Abstract deadline: September 15, 2009 (submit directly to Adrien Coulet)
Speaker notification: October 15, 2009
Workshop: Date to be announced; will be scheduled during the main conference (January 5-8, 2010)

Contact: Adrien Coulet
Email: coulet at stanford dot edu

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