CALL - DIMACS 4TH ALGORITHM IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGE SEPT - 14 AND 15

Pat Toci toci at dimacs.rutgers.edu
Mon Jun 26 20:21:06 EST 1995



                         CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

      The Fourth DIMACS International Algorithm Implementation Challenge
                Two Problems in Computational Biology: 
             Fragment Assembly and Genome Rearrangements
     

                             Workshop
                       September 14 & 15, 1995
                      DIMACS, Rutgers University



In conjunction with its Special Year on Mathematical Support for Molecular
Biology, the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
(DIMACS) has been sponsoring an international Implementation Challenge on
problems from computational molecular biology. The challenge focussed on
two problems: Sequence Assembly (the problem of reconstructing a DNA 
sequence knowing only the sequences of many possibly overlapping fragments) and
Genome Rearrangements (the problem of comparing two orders of genes).

The Implementation Challenge culminates in a workshop to be held at 
DIMACS September 14 - 15.  Participants in the Challenge will be presenting 
their work and invited speakers will present lectures on the topics of 
the challenge. Participants in the Challenge and other interested
researchers are invited to attend this conference.

For more details on the Challenge, please contact Martin Vingron 
(vingron at gmd.de) or access the information on WWW (http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/).


ADVISORY BOARD

An advisory committee has provided general direction for the
Implementation Challenge.  Committee members are
Ellson Chen, Applied Biosystems, Sorin Istrail, Sandia National Laboratory,
David Johnson, AT\&T Bell Laboratories, John Kececioglu, University of Georgia,
Joachim Messing, Rutgers University, Joseph Nadeau, Montreal General Hospital,
Pavel Pevzner, Pennsylvania State University, Peter Rice, Sanger Center,
Martin Vingron, German National Research Center for Information Technology
(Coordinator), Michael Waterman, University of Southern California.


REGISTRATION

To register, contact Pat Toci, toci at dimacs.rutgers.edu. If possible, 
please register by September 8 -- although registering
at the conference is permitted.  THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE.

TRAVEL SUPPORT

We have limited travel support money available.  Please contact
Martin Vingron (vingron at gmd.de) to apply or for information.  
Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply for support if needed.



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                           GENERAL WORKSHOP INFORMATION

REGISTRATION

The DIMACS Conference Center at Rutgers can accommodate about 100
participants.  Subject to this capacity constraint, the workshop is
open to all researchers.  To register, contact Pat Toci
[toci at dimacs.rutgers.edu, (908) 445-5930].  If possible, please
register early, although registration at the conference is permitted.  THERE
IS NO REGISTRATION FEE.

TRAVEL AND HOTEL INFORMATION:

It is recommended that participants arriving by plane fly into Newark
Airport.  Flying into Kennedy or La Guardia can add more than an hour
to the travel time to DIMACS.  Participants  who are being reimbursed,
must save ALL ORIGINAL RECEIPTS.  You will receive a form from the
financial office at DIMACS while you are at the workshop to hand in along
with these receipts (during the workshop or once you return home).

DIMACS has successfully and quite pleasantly used the Comfort Inn and
the Holiday Inn, both in South Plainfield - they are next to each
other.  The Comfort Inn gives DIMACS the rate of $47.00 ($52.00 if two
guests share a room) and the Holiday Inn the rate of $60.00 (the same
rate whether there are 1 or 2 guests in the room; also includes a
continental breakfast).  The Comfort Inn's # is 908-561-4488 (fax:
908-668-7314).  The Holiday Inn's # is 908-753-5500 (fax: same as
phone #).  They both provide free van service to and from DIMACS.
Also, the Comfort Inn provides free van service to and from Newark
Airport.  You need to give them a 24-hour notice.

If you are receiving a stipend from DIMACS, you must travel on a domestic
airline.  You will not be able to receive reimbursement otherwise.

To travel between Newark Airport and DIMACS/hotels, we recommend ICS
Van Service, 1-800-225-4427 (for inside the United States) or
908-566-0795.  The rate is $23.00 per person.  It must be booked in
advance.  From the New York airports, participants may take the
Grayline Air (bus) Shuttle (1-800-451-0455) to Newark and then ICS Van
service from there.

Participants arriving to DIMACS by car will need a parking permit. We
try to have them at the hotels - when that is not possible, they will
be on the registration table.  Please be sure to park in Lot 64.

All workshop events will take place at DIMACS, (unless otherwise
noted) located in the CoRE Building of Rutgers University, Busch
Campus, in Piscataway, New Jersey.

For further questions regarding local transportation and
accomodations, or to obtain detailed driving directions to the hotels
and to DIMACS, contact Pat Toci [toci at dimacs.rutgers.edu, (908)
445-5930].

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Please mail or email the following registration form to 
toci at dimacs.rutgers.edu

                    DIMACS Workshop Registration Form
                         September 14 & 15, 1995
           

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