This is the post-event website for PSB 2018.

Information on the upcoming PSB is now available. The PSB 2018 conference materials and electronic proceedings are available. Please see below for more information.

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2018

The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2018 was an international, multidisciplinary conference for the presentation and discussion of current research in the theory and application of computational methods in problems of biological significance. Papers and presentations were rigorously peer reviewed and were published in an archival proceedings volume. PSB 2018 was held January 3-7, 2018 at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island of Hawaii.

PSB 2018 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.

PSB 2018 Sessions

PSB 2018 Workshops

PSB offered four three-hour workshop. The 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 consisted of presentations by invited speakers. Abstract submissions for the workshops were evaluated by the workshop co-chairs.

Peer Reviewed Papers

The core of the conference consists of rigorously peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work.

Keynote speakers

Carlos Bustamante Carlos Bustamante, PhD, Inaugural Chair of the Department of Biomedical Data Science and Founding Director of the Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics at Stanford University, gave a talk entitled Improving Healthcare through Biomedical Data Science.

Jennifer Wagner Jennifer Wagner, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Bioethics Research at the Center for Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy, Geisinger Health System, gave a talk entitled Data Disparities: Discrimination & Equity in Big Data.


PSB 2018 gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:

*Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant # 5 R13 LM006766 from the National Library of Medicine. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications, and by speakers and moderators, does not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor of PSB, please email the PSB Coordinator at psb.hawaii @

Previous PSB Meetings

Information about previous PSB meetings, including the full electronic proceedings, is available.

For more information:

Tiffany Murray
PSB Coordinator
Department of Bioengineering
443 Via Ortega Room 213
Stanford, CA, USA 94305

Telephone: (650) 725-0659

Email: psb.hawaii @

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