Announcement of Hawaii Conference on Biotechnology Computing

Larry Hunter hunter at WORK.NLM.NIH.GOV
Fri Mar 9 15:22:25 EST 1990


		     Call for Papers and Referees
       Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - 24
	      Kailua-Kona, Hawaii  -  January 8-11, 1991
		  Biotechnology Computing Minitrack

The Emerging Applications and Technologies Track of HICSS-24 will
contain a special session focusing on design of computer systems for
use in biological science and engineering.  The presentations will
provide a forum for the discussion of new approaches to the challenges
posed by this rapidly growing application domain.

Both the rate of innovation in biotechnology and the effective
transfer of basic scientific insights into significant application depend
crucially on a diverse and complex collection of computer systems.  In
a dramatic shift over the last five years or so, nearly every
biologist working in genetics, protein structure, or other molecular
fields now routinely uses very large databases and sophisticated
analytical tools.  For example, the discovery that certain oncogenes
(cancer causing genes) are point mutations of normal growth factors
depended crucially on the use of macromolecular databases and rapid
sequence searching algorithms.

The challenges of biocomputing touch on nearly all aspects of computer
science.  Papers are invited that describe improvements in the power,
quality, effectiveness or ease of use of software and systems in any
bioscience or biotechnology related area.  Areas of special interest
include advances in:

* Modelling of molecular dynamics, reactions, metabolic pathways or
       larger biological systems
* Data structures, database designs and search engines for managing
       biological information
* Molecular graphics, visualization tools and user interfaces
* Macromolecular structure and function prediction systems
* Computer-aided molecular design (including recombinant DNA)
* Automation of experimental techniques, data acquisition and other
       laboratory activities
* Integrated systems, networks, standards, compatibility and
       international cooperation

Instructions for authors :

Manuscripts should be 22-26 typewritten, double-spaced pages in 10 or
12 point type; do not send submissions significantly longer or
shorter.  Papers must not have been previously presented or published,
nor currently submitted for journal publication.  Each manuscript will
be refereed by at least five reviewers.  Manuscripts should include a
title page that identifies the title of the paper, the full name(s) of
the author(s), affiliation(s), complete mailing and electronic
address(es), telephone number(s) and a 300 word abstract of the paper.

Members of the community willing to serve as referees should send
their name, electronic and physical address, phone number, and areas
of interest to the program chair.  Authors of submissions to this
minitrack may not serve as referees.

Deadlines:

* A 300 word abstract is due by April 15, 1990
* Feedback to the author concerning the abstract  by April 30, 1990
* Six copies of the manuscript are due by June 6, 1990
* Notification of accepted papers by September 1, 1990
* Accepted manuscripts, camera ready, are due by October 3, 1990 

Send submissions and questions to:

	Lawrence Hunter
	National Library of Medicine
	Building 38A, Mail Stop 54
	Bethesda, MD 20894

	(301) 496-9300
	(301) 496-0673 (fax)
	Hunter at nlm.nih.gov
       




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