About Hawaii Biocomputing conference

Fri Mar 6 13:35:08 EST 1992

			   Call for Papers
		    Biotechnology Computing Track
	Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 26
			  January 5-8, 1993

The twenty-sixth annual Hawaii International Conference on System
Sciences (HICSS) has expanded its coverage of Biotechnology to a full,
three day conference track.  The track includes presentations of
original research, tutorials, advanced seminars and a distinguished
guest lecture.  The purpose of the Biotechnology Computing Track is to
provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, research results, and
system building activities in all areas of computation related to
biology.  Submitted papers are rigorously refereed, and accepted
papers are published in a conference proceedings available through the
IEEE Computer Society Press.  The conference is sponsored by the
University of Hawaii in cooperation with the Association for Computing
Machinery (ACM), the IEEE Computer Society, and the Pacific Research
Institute for Information Systems and Management (PRIISM).

Advances in biotechnology generally and in the international Human
Genome Project are creating an explosion of important biological data.
The computational challenges inherent in gathering, managing and
analyzing this data are daunting, but the potential payoff is very
high.  This challenge involves nearly every aspect of computer
science, from algorithm development, systems integration and advanced
database management to image analysis, artificial intelligence and
robotics.  The Biotechnology Computing Track encompasses eight
minitracks, each focused on a rapidly evolving research area.

Relevant papers are solicited for each of the following minitracks.
Papers must be previously unpublished, and should be from 22-26 double
spaced pages in length, including figures.  Prospective authors are
urged to contact the appropriate minitrack chair as early as possible.
Please leave adequate time for international mail, as all deadlines
are firm.  Review papers and proposals for tutorials and advanced
seminars can be sent to the track chair.

For general information, contact the track chair:

Lawrence Hunter  (hunter at nlm.nih.gov)
National Library of Medicine
Building 38A, Mail Stop 54
Bethesda, MD 20894
(301) 496-9300
fax: (301) 496-0673

The other members of the Track steering committee are:

Tom Marr, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
John Wootton, National Center for Biotechnology Information
Minoru Kanehisa, Kyoto University


Manuscripts must be RECEIVED by June 5, 1992
Notification of accepted papers sent August 31, 1992
Accepted camera ready copy must be RECEIVED by October 1, 1992


Biotechnology Computing Minitracks and Chairs.  Please contact the
relevant minitrack chair as soon as possible for further information
on the requirements and deadlines for that minitrack.

* Computer Support for Genome Mapping and Sequencing: including genome
  map assembly algorithms, map database management and design,
  sequence assembly and analysis algorithms, integrated software
  systems, and robotics for mapping and sequencing.

    Mary Berlyn (berlyn at biomed.med.yale.edu)
      Yale Dept. of Biology
      117D Greeley Lab, 370 Prospect St.
      New Haven, CT 06520
      (203) 432-5145 

    James Fickett (jwf at mrna.lanl.gov)
    Charles Lawrence (chas at cmb.bcm.tmc.edu)
    Stanley Letovsky (letovsky at cs.yale.edu)

* Methods for Dealing with Errors and Uncertainty in Molecular Biology
  Calculations and Databases: including representing and/or reasoning
  about mutations, exceptions, errors and omissions in biological
  data, heuristics for handling uncertainty, plausible simplifying
  assumptions and statistical methods.

    Lloyd Allison (lloyd at cs.monash.edu.au)
      Dept. of Computer Science, Monash University,
      Clayton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA 3168.
      tel: 61 3 565 5205   fax: 61 3 565 5146  

* Alternative Approaches to Sequence Representation: including graphic
  representations of nucleotide and protein sequence, representations
  of patterns, automatic generation of patterns for sets of related
  sequences, representation and analysis of structural and/or
  functional regularities of sequences, application of novel
  representations to recognition or analysis problems.

    Victor Solovyev (solovyev at scr1.scri.fsu.edu)
      Supercomputer Computations Research Institute
      400 Science Center Library, Florida State University, B-186
      Tallahassee, FL 32306-4052
	tel: (904) 644-7012   FAX: (904) 644-0098

* Sequence Analysis Algorithms based on Physicochemistry and
  Thermodynamics: including DNA and RNA physicochemical models,
  experimental work and models of ribosome dynamics, algorithms based
  on codon usage, models physicochemical properties on tRNA-mRNA or
  rRNA-mRNA interactions, models and computational analysis of intron

    Germinal Cocho (cocho at sysul2.ifisicacu.unam.mx)
      Instituto de Fisica
      Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
      Apartado  Postal 20-364,  Mexico 01000, D.F. Mexico       
      Telephone: 525-548 9783  FAX: 525-548 3111

* Computer-Aided Drug Design: including integrated systems, machine
  learning techniques, design and use of databases for molecular
  design, molecular graphics techniques, molecular modeling and
  quantitative structure-activity relation (QSAR) tools.

    Teri Klein (klein at cgl.ucsf.edu)
      UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
      513 Parnassus Ave., Box 0446
      San Francisco, CA 94143
      (415) 476-0663, fax: (415) 502-1755

    Kimberle Koile (kkoile at arris.com)

* Protein Structure Prediction: including statistical and machine
  learning approaches, multi-strategy systems, topology prediction,
  lattice models, loop placement, side-chain conformation prediction,
  methods for distinguishing native from incorrect alternative
  foldings, mutational analysis.

   Richard Lathrop (rickl at ai.mit.edu)
     MIT AI Lab, NE43-795
     545 Technology Square
     Cambridge, MA 02139

* AI Technologies for Molecular Biology Analysis: including object
  oriented and deductive databases for biology, knowledge-based
  modeling of biological phenomena, pattern recognition, neural
  network and machine learning applied to macromolecular sequences,
  laboratory robotics.

    Katsumi Nitta (nitta at icot.or.jp)
    Institute for New Generation Computer Technology
    1-4-28 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108, JAPAN
    fax: +81-3-3456-1618

* Simulation Methods in Computational Neuroscience: including
  numerical algorithms and techniques for integrated data acquisition,
  analysis and simulation, user interface issues, parallel processing,
  simulation languages, methods of constructing and validating models
  of biological neural circuits.

    Anthony Zador (zador at yale.edu)
    Neuroscience Program
    Yale University 
    Box 11A Yale Station	
    New Haven, CT 06511
    fax (203) 432-7172
		     Call for Papers and Referees
	 "Alternative Approaches to Sequence Representation"
	   A minitrack of the Biotechnology Computing Track
       Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - 26
		 Kauai, Hawaii  -  January 5-8, 1993

Recent developments in molecular biology and the impetus of the genome
projects have led to an explosion in the number of determined
nucleotide and protein sequences.  Understanding and interpreting the
vast amounts of these data is a central goal of biotechnology
computing.  This minitrack will focus on alternative approaches to
nucleotide and amino acid sequence representation.  The traditional
representation of genetic and protein sequences as long strings of
letters is clearly useful, but may not always illuminate the
regularities and other features of these sequences to people or
for automated analysis.   The purpose of this minitrack is to bring
together a variety of researchers proposing alternative
representations to explore the commonalities and differences between

Papers are invited that describe improvements in the power, quality,
effectiveness or ease of use of different sequences representation
methods and using ones for recognition particular functional regions
in a new sequences.  Areas of special interest include advances in:

   * Alternative graphic representations nucleotide and protein

   * Automatic generation of sequence patterns from sets of related
     sequences and their representation

   * Analysis structural and functional organization regularities of

   * Application some representation for recognition functional sites,
     regions or partucular sequenses

   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

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