CFP - Information Retrieval and Genomics Workshop

John Guidi jng at
Fri Feb 4 18:10:21 EST 1994

     *****************   CALL FOR PARTICIPATION   *****************

              Workshop on Information Retrieval and Genomics

                           May 2-4, 1994
                      Lister Hill Center Auditorium
                      National Library of Medicine
                      Bethesda, MD

This workshop brings together researchers and developers in information
retrieval (IR) technologies with scientists who are actively involved with 
research in genomics (genetics, molecular biology, and allied fields). 
People involved in informatics efforts that support these activities are 
especially encouraged to participate.

A number of efforts are underway to create new, or to improve extant, 
resources that provide information on DNA sequences, genetic linkage, gene 
expression, phenotypic effects, comparative genetics, etc. There are a number
of areas where IR can make further contributions in the development of these 
resources. Examples include, but are not limited to: efficient handling of
unstructured text; interoperability of text and databases; navigational 
issues; indexing; linguistic analysis of sequences; motif identification; 
network access to singular and federated systems; user interface issues.

The goals of this interdisciplinary workshop are to:

    1) classify some of the problems that providers of genomic resources are
       faced with, and how these problems are currently being addressed.

    2) provide feedback from the IR community as to the techniques currently
       being used by the genomics community to address their IR needs.

    3) identify specific IR areas and topics that have potential and that
       require additional research.

    4) provide a forum for real collaborations to develop among members of
       the IR and genomics communities.

Participation in the workshop will be by invitation, based on electronic
position papers submitted by prospective participants. Position papers 
should be one page in length and should consist of a description of research 
interests and/or practice related to the stated goals of the workshop. Some 
participants will be selected to give talks and participate in panel 
discussions at the workshop, based on their position papers. The position
papers will be distributed as a collection at the workshop. Please submit 
position papers electronically to the address ir-genomics at; papers
must be composed using the template at the end of this message.

    March 2, 1994 - Deadline for receipt of electronic position papers.
    April 1, 1994 - Notification of acceptance.

Conference Chairperson
    Ed Fox 	     (VPI & State University)

Program Chairperson
    John Guidi       (The Jackson Laboratory)

Program Committee
    Ron Ashany       (National Science Foundation)
    David Benton     (National Center for Human Genome Research)
    Bruce Croft      (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
    Dan Davison      (University of Houston)
    Ken Fasman 	     (Johns Hopkins University)
    Bob Futrelle     (Northeastern University)
    William Gelbart  (Harvard University)
    Nat Goodman      (The Whitehead Institute)
    Donna Harman     (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
    Bill Hersh       (Oregon Health Sciences University)
    Robert Ledley    (National Biomedical Research Foundation)
    Mick Noordewier  (Rutgers University)
    Gerard Salton    (Cornell University)
    Craig Stanfill   (Thinking Machines Corporation)
    John Wilbur      (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
    Maria Zemankova  (Mitre Corporation)

Local Hosts
    Dennis Benson    (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
    John Wilbur      (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

This workshop has been organized under the joint sponsorship of the Special
Interest Groups on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) and Biology (SIGBIO) of 
the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Please be advised that there
will be no financial support available for participant travel. The support 
of the National Library of Medicine, host of this workshop, is gratefully 

                            Application Form
Please edit the form below to include the requested information, and
send the completed form by electronic mail to the address:
ir-genomics at

In the event of any difficulties, contact:
John Guidi
The Jackson Laboratory
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME  04609-1500

phone: (207)288-3371 X-1391
fax:   (207)288-5079
email: jng at

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