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Call for ISMB-97 site proposals

Peter Karp pkarp at ai.sri.com
Mon Dec 11 20:50:18 EST 1995


                  Call for ISMB-97 Site Proposals


We solicit proposals by potential organizers of the 1997 conference on
Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology.  

The purpose of the ISMB conference is to disseminate the latest
developments in computational molecular biology and to stimulate new
work on the application of intelligent computational systems to
problems in molecular biology. ISMB is a multidisciplinary conference
bringing together scientists from computer science, mathematics,
statistics, and molecular biology.  The scope extends to any
computational method or system supporting a biological task that is
algorithmically, cognitively or conceptually challenging, involves a
synthesis of heterogeneous information, or exhibits the emergent
properties of an "intelligent system." From a computational
perspective, areas of interest include adaptive systems, intelligent
experimental control, data modeling, machine learning, artificial
intelligence, combinatorics, stochastic optimization, string & graph
algorithms, linguistic methods, and parallel computer
technologies. Biological areas of interest include molecular
structure, genomics, molecular sequence analysis, evolution and
phylogenetics, adaptive experimental systems, and molecular biology
generally. Emphasis is placed on the validation of methods using real
data sets and on practical application in the biological sciences.

The Fourth International Conference on Computational Biology:
Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology '96 will take place at
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA June 12 to 16, 1996.
See WWW URL http://ibc.wustl.edu/ismb96/ for more information about
ISMB-96.

Proposals should include the following information.
  
  o  Organizers (names, affiliations, previous experience of conference
     organization, involvement in previous ISMB conferences).
  
  o  Proposed venue (conference facilities, lodging, maximum number
     of delegates, internet access, transportation, environs)
  
  o  Proposed dates (describe potential date conflicts with other
     relevant computer-science or molecular-biology conferences, and
     perhaps list nearby cultural events)
  
  o  Sources from which funding will be solicited (such as for student
     travel and registration; some seed money may be available from
     previous conferences)
  
  o  Fees (estimate registration fees and student housing costs)
  
  o  A description of how and where the conference will be publicized

  o  A draft "Call for ISMB-97 Papers"

  o  Significant planned changes to the format of ISMB-97 with respect
     to previous ISMB meetings
  
Proposals should be sent by email to pkarp at ai.sri.com by Jan 19, 1996.

The ISMB Steering Committee will decide among the proposals, and will
announce its decision by March 1, 1996.  The preference of the
Steering Committee is to hold ISMB-97 outside North America, and to
hold ISMB-98 inside North America, but this preference is not
absolute.  The Steering Committee is composed of organizers of past
ISMB conferences.  Current Steering Committee members are:

     Larry Hunter          National Library of Medicine, USA
     David Searls          SmithKline Beecham, USA
     Jude Shavlik          University of Wisconsin, USA
     Russ Altman           Stanford University, USA
     Doug Brutlag          Stanford University, USA
     Peter Karp            SRI International, USA
     Richard Lathrop       University of California at Irvine, USA
     Christopher Rawlings  Imperial Cancer Research Fund, UK
     Dominic Clark         Glaxo Wellcome, UK
     Thomas Lengauer       GMD-SCAI, Germany
     Shoshana Wodak        Universite Libre De Bruxelles, Belgium
     Terry Gaasterland     Argonne National Laboratory, USA
     Randall Smith         Baylor College of Medicine, USA
     David States          Washington University, USA




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