Call for PSB '99 Session Proposals

Larry Hunter hunter at
Thu Jan 22 03:29:13 EST 1998


			  Call For Session Proposals

		     Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

	     Mauni Lani, Big Island, Hawaii, January 4-9, 1999

--->>> DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 9, 1998  <<<---

This is an invitation to submit proposals for sessions in the fourth Pacific
Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), to be held in January, 1999 in Hawaii.  PSB
will bring together top researchers from the US, the Asian Pacific nations
and around the world to exchange research results and address open issues in
all aspects of computational biology.  PSB will provide a forum for the
presentation of work in databases, algorithms, interfaces, visualization,
modeling and other computational methods, as applied to biological
problems, with emphasis on applications in data-rich areas of molecular

The PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass in
sub-disciplines within biocomputing.  For that reason, it is the only
meeting whose sessions are defined dynamically each year in response to
specific proposals.  PSB sessions are organized by leaders in the emerging
areas, and targeted to provide a forum for publication and discussion of
research in biocomputing's "hot topics."  In this way, PSB provides an early
forum for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this
rapidly changing field.

Proposals for such sessions are hereby solicited.  A sessions proposal should
identify a coherent topic that can be addressed by 3 to 12 papers.  For
example, a session 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.  A sample of the
more than 20 different sessions at previous three PSB meetings have includes:

  *  Gene Expression and Genetic Networks
  *  Modeling Metabolic Pathways
  *  Computational Simulation with Hybrid QM/MM models
  *  Distributed and Intelligent Databases
  *  Biocomputing Education and Curriculum.
  *  Computing with Biomolecules

The cultures of biology and computer science can clash in the organization
of a biocomputing meeting.  A major goal of PSB is to bring these two
cultures together in productive interaction.  Recognizing that many in the
computational community believe the value of a meeting depends on the
quality of its review process, every full manuscript submitted to PSB is
examined by at least two anonymous reviewers, as well as the session
organizers and meeting chairs.  Accepted papers are distributed in a
proceedings volume at the meeting, and are indexed in Medline and other
bibliographic databases.  However we also recognize that many potential
participants from the biological community do not choose to submit full
papers to a conference, PSB includes a separate open submission abstract
book, open poster presentations, and open computer demonstration sessions at
which any registrant can present research.

Responsibilities of a session chair:

As a proposer of an accepted session, you will become the session chair.
The chair's primary responsibility is to solicit high quality papers for the
session and oversee their review.  You are to solicit manuscripts, have them
refereed, collaborate with the conference chairs in determining which
manuscripts are to be accepted and structure presentation time in your
session.  Please contact the us at the address below if you have any
questions about the obligations entailed in becoming a session organizer. 

Procedure for submitting proposals:

Session proposals can be as short as a single page and should in no case
be more than 6 pages.  The proposal should:

 * Define a specific technical area to be covered.

 * Justify why the proposed area is appropriate for PSB.  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 session, e.g., a list of researchers you intend to
   solicit for papers.

 * Provide a short autobiographical sketch and an explicit statement that
   your organization endorses your involvement.

Proposals and all conference related communication must be by email.

February 9, 1997   	Proposals Due     

February 23, 1995 	Notification Regarding the Proposals      

Each proposal will be evaluated by the organizing committee.  We look
forward to your submissions.  Send proposals to:

Lawrence Hunter, PhD.
National Library of Medicine               

phone: +1 (301) 496-9303
fax:   +1 (301) 496-0673
email: hunter at

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