CALL for SESSION PROPOSALS, Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

Larry Hunter lhunter at
Fri Jan 28 10:46:40 EST 2000

		     Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
			  Call For Session Proposals

                         * DUE FEBRUARY 14, 2000 *

This is an invitation to submit proposals for sessions in the sixth
Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), to be held January 3-7, 2001 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
issues in all aspects of computational biology.  PSB will provide a
for the presentation of work in databases, algorithms, interfaces,
visualization, modeling and other computational methods, as applied to
biological problems, with an emphasis on applications in data-rich areas
molecular biology.

The PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass
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
areas, and targeted to provide a forum for publication and discussion of
research in biocomputing's "hot topics."  In this way, PSB provides an
forum for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this
rapidly changing field.

Proposals for such sessions are hereby solicited.  A sessions proposal
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 30 different sessions at the previous PSB meetings includes:

     *  Gene Expression and Genetic Networks
     *  Modeling Metabolic Pathways
     *  Computer Modeling in Physiology: From Cell to Tissue
     *  Natural Language Processing for Molecular Biology
     *  Biocomputing Education and Curriculum.
     *  Disorder in Protein Structure and Function

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
session and oversee their review.  You are to solicit manuscripts, have
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

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
      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,
      material to fill the session, e.g., a list of researchers you
      to solicit for papers.

    * Provide a short autobiographical sketch and an explicit statement
      your organization endorses your involvement.
Proposals and all conference related communication must be by email.
proposal will be evaluated by the organizing committee.  We look forward
your submissions.  

Send proposals to LHunter at

For more information, consult the PSB web site

Lawrence Hunter, Ph.D.        Chief, Molecular Statistics and
National Cancer Institute                             email:
lhunter at
Federal Building, Room 318                          phone: +1 (301)
7550 Wisconsin Ave.                                   fax: +1 (301)
Bethesda, MD 20892  USA

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