PSB Workshops

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

Big Island of Hawaii -- January 4-8, 2015

PSB is offering three three-hour workshops during the meeting (exact dates to be determined). 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.

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.

Human Evolutionary Genomics and the Search for the Genes that Made Us Human

Chair: James M. Sikela

The increasing availability of primate genome sequences has resulted in an unprecedented opportunity to identify the specific changes that distinguish our genome from that of other primates. The focus of the workshop will be to present the latest progress in efforts to use computational and experimental genomics to identify the genes and genomic variations that underlie human uniqueness.

James M. Sikela
Email: james.sikela at ucdenver dot edu

Training the Next Generation of Quantitative Biologists in the Era of Big Data

Co-chairs: Kristine A. Pattin, Anna C. Greene, Jason Moore

Our workshop at PSB 2015 will focus on updating bioinformatics program curricula in the era of big data. Our workshop aims to discuss issues such as: Is there any substantive difference between a biomedical data scientist and a biomedical informaticist? If so, how do we train one versus the other? Are current bioinformatics curricula evolving to encompass the realm of data science? Are there obsolete lessons in coursework that could be replaced with more modern technical information? With students wishing to pursue vastly different careers within these interdisciplinary programs, how does a program prioritize what to include in their curriculum while making sure their students graduate with the appropriate experience?

Kristine A. Pattin
Email: kpattin at gmail dot com

Discovery Informatics in Biological and Biomedical Sciences: Research Challenges and Opportunities

Chair: Vasant G. Honavar

New discoveries in biological, biomedical and health sciences are increasingly being driven by our ability to acquire, share, integrate and analyze, and construct and simulate predictive models of biological systems. While much attention has focused on automating routine aspects of management and analysis of "big data", realizing the full potential of "big data" to accelerate discovery calls for automating many other aspects of the scientific process that have so far largely resisted automation: identifying gaps in the current state of knowledge; generating and prioritizing questions; designing studies; designing, prioritizing, planning, and executing experiments; interpreting results; forming hypotheses; drawing conclusions; replicating studies; validating claims; documenting studies; communicating results; reviewing results; and integrating results into the larger body of knowledge in a discipline. Against this background, this workshop explores the opportunities and challenges of automating discovery in biological and biomedical sciences through advances in Discovery Informatics: (i) Understanding, formalization, and information processing accounts of, the entire scientific process; (ii) Design, development, and evaluation of the computational artifacts (representations, processes) that embody such understanding; and (iii) Application of the resulting artifacts and systems to advance science (by augmenting individual or collective human efforts, or by fully automating science).

Vasant G. Honavar
Email: vhonavar at ist dot psu dot edu

Including the Public in Research Projects: The impact on informatics arising from emerging health research paradigms

Chairs: Ricard Gayle, Mark Minie and Erik Nilsson

Our workshop will examine the unfolding processes that enhance data and information flow by enlarging collaborative networks - networks that include both a widening group of researchers and the public as well. The ongoing collapse of barriers between patient, researcher, student, funder and entrepreneur increasingly disrupts scientific investigations. We hope to look at how including the public permits the unique acquisition of funds, rapid collection of data, expeditious analysis of information, enhanced prototyping of solutions and novel treatment in clinics.

Ricard Gayle
Email: gayler at spreadingscience dot com