Call for Minitrack Proposals

Larry Hunter hunter at
Thu Dec 19 19:09:55 EST 1991

		   Call For Minitrack Proposals in
		       Biotechnology Computing
       26th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
	       HICSS-26: KOLOA, HAWAII - JANUARY, 1993

This is an invitation to submit proposals for minitracks in the
Biotechnology Computing Track of HICSS-26.  The Hawaiian International
Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) is a unique and respected forum
for the exchange of ideas among the computer science research and
development community in North America, the Asian and Pacific Basin
Nations, and Europe.  All conference papers are closely peer reviewed,
and published in a proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

In recognition of the growing importance of computer science in
biology, HICSS-26 is devoting its entire Emerging Technology track to
Biotechnology Computing: software research, computer application
development and robotics related to biological problems.  This track
consists of three full days of technical sessions, coupled with a set
of advanced seminars and tutorials.  A minitrack is either a half day
or a full day of technical sessions devoted to a particular topic
within the scope of the track.

Minitrack proposals are hereby solicited to provide focus for the very
broad area of biological computing.  A minitrack proposal should
identify a coherent topic that can be addressed by 3 to 12 papers.
For example, a minitrack might bring together papers on alternative
approaches to a particular biological question or it might examine the
applications of a particular technology in a variety of biological
areas.  Possible minitrack topics include, but are by no means limited

   Gene recognition algorithms
   Laboratory robotics for genetic sequencing
   Molecular graphics
   International coordination and exchange of genomic data
   Protein structure prediction
   Integrated laboratory management software
   Large-scale ecological modelling
   Developing standards for biological data interchange
   Taxonomic & collections systems
   Ethical and legal implications of computerized genetic databases

Responsbilities of a minitrack chair:

As a proposer of an accepted minitrack, you will become the chair of
the minitrack.  The chair's primary responsibility is to solicit high
quality papers for the minitrack and oversee their review.  Each
conference session consists of three 30 minute paper presentations.  A
minitrack typically involves 2 or 4 such sessions, concluding with an
open discussion forum.  You are to solicit manuscripts, have them
refereed, collaborate with the Track Coordinator in determining which
manuscripts are to be accepted, structure the sessions, introduce the
speakers in your sessions, and act as the moderator of the forum.
These responsibilities are described in more detail below.

Proceedure for submitting proposals:

Minitrack proposals should be no more than 6 pages.  The proposal

 * Define a specific technical area to be covered, and say whether the
   proposed minitrack is to be a half or full day.

 * Justify why the proposed area is appropriate for the Biotechnology
   Computing Track of HICSS-26.  Discuss why the topic is timely and
   important, and how the topic has been addressed in other
   conferences or recent publications.

 * Argue that there is likely to be sufficient high quality,
   unpublished material to fill the proposed minitrack.  A brief
   survey of existing work, a list of researchers you intend to
   solicit for papers, etc. are appropriate here.

 * Provide a short autobiographical sketch and an explicit statement
   that your organization endorses your involvement and has the
   infrastructure to support that involvement as described in the
   attached Responsibilities of Minitrack Coordinators.

We highly encourage the submission of proposals by e-mail.  If sent by
surface mail, send seven copies.  The deadlines are:

    January 31, 1992   Proposals Due
    February 10, 1992  Notification Regarding the Proposals
Each proposal will be evaluated by the steering committee whose 
decision will be based on the overall technical merit of the 
proposal.  Since there is only a limited amount of space for 
conducting the meeting, the number of proposals that will be 
approved in each track is limited.  We are looking forward to 
receiving a proposal from you.

The Biotechnology Computing Steering Committee:

Lawrence Hunter, chair & contact 
National Library of Medicine
Building 38A, MS-54
Bethesda, MD 20894
hunter at
(301) 496-9300
fax (301)496-0673

Thomas Marr
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
email: marr at
(516) 367-8393

John Wootton
National Center for Biotechnology Information
wootton at
(301) 496-2475

Minoru Kanehisa (tentative)
Institute for Chemical Research 
Kyoto University, Japan

Phillipe Dessen (tentative)
Laboratoire de Biochimie
Ecole Polytechnique
91128   Palaiseau,   France

Responsibilities of Minitrack Chairs:

Specifically, the responsibilities of a minitrack chair are:

1. Distribute a Call for Papers and Referees.  Typically, this is done
   via appropriate electronic bulletin boards, and through direct,
   personal solicitations.  Personal solicitations are important
   because of the unusual interdisciplinary nature of the conference,
   and because of the differences between the role of conferences in
   biology and computer science.

   A full-day minitrack should accept nine papers.  A half-day
   minitrack should accept five.  To ensure excellent accepted papers,
   typically more than two to three times the number of papers needed
   must actually be solicited.  Many papers will not meet reviewer's
   standards, and some authors may not be able to fulfill their
   initial commitment and complete the paper for you.  If nine
   technically solid papers do not survive the refereeing process, the
   full-day minitrack can be changed to a half-day minitrack.

   Each manuscript should be 22-25 typewritten, double-spaced pages in
   length.  The material must contain original results and not have
   been submitted elsewhere while it is being evaluated for acceptance
   to HICSS.  Manuscripts that have already appeared in publication
   are not to be considered for this conference.

2. You must acquire referees who will critically review all
   manuscripts submitted to you.  Quality refereeing is essential.
   HICSS does not have "invited" manuscripts; all submissions go
   through a rigorous peer review process.  Each manuscript must be
   stringently reviewed by at least four qualified people who are
   actively working in the topics dealt with in the paper, in addition
   to yourself.  If you wish to submit a paper to your own minitrack,
   six copies should be sent to the Track Coordinator who will
   administer the refereeing process.  Referees may not submit papers
   to the minitrack.

3. Write an introduction to the minitrack for the proceedings.  After
   the authors have been notified of the acceptance of the final
   version of their manuscript, you are to write a three to four-page
   introduction to the minitrack for inclusion in the conference
   proceedings.  It should not be an overview of abstracts of the
   papers, but should introduce the reader to the important problems
   that exist in the area.

4. Select two best paper candidates from the manuscripts.  Within ten
   days after you have selected the manuscripts for inclusion in your
   minitrack, your candidate best paper selections must be forwarded
   to the Track Coordinator.  If you have your own manuscript accepted
   in your minitrack, make your selection excluding your own work. An
   external committee will make the selection for the minitrack,
   considering your manuscript along with the candidates you have

Lawrence Hunter, PhD.
National Library of Medicine
Bldg. 38A, MS-54
Bethesda. MD 20894
(301) 496-9300
(301) 496-0673 (fax)
hunter at (internet)

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