Second Call for Papers, 1998 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

Larry Hunter hunter at
Wed Jun 4 12:40:45 EST 1997


               Call For Papers, Abstracts and Demonstrations               
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          ^          Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing           v
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          ^     Kapalua,  Maui (Hawaii) - January 4-9, 1998      v
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The third Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), will be held January 4-9,
1998 in Maui, Hawaii.  PSB will bring together top researchers from North
America, the Asian Pacific nations, Europe 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 biology.  PSB intends to
attract a balanced combination of computer scientists and biologists,
presenting significant original research, demonstrating computer systems,
and facilitating formal and informal discussions on topics of importance to
computational biology.

To provide focus for the very broad area of biological computing, PSB is
organized into a series of specific sessions.  Each session will involve
both formal research presentations and open discussion groups.  The 1998 PSB
sessions are:

 * Gene Expression and Genetic Networks
 * Molecules to Maps: Tools for Visualization & Interaction
 * Gene Structure Identification in Large-scale Genomic Sequence
 * Molecular Modeling in Drug Design and Biotechnology
 * Protein Structure Prediction
 * The Relationship Between Protein Structure and Function
 * Computing with Biomolecules
 * Complexity and Information Theoretic Approaches to Biology
 * Distributed and Intelligent Databases
 * Building Bioinformation Infrastructure in the Pacific Rim

Further details on each session can be found below.

The core of the conference consists of rigorously peer-reviewed full-length
papers reporting on original work.  Accepted papers will be published in a
hard-bound archival proceedings, and the best of these will be presented
orally to the entire conference.  Researchers wishing to present their
research without official publication are encouraged to submit a one page
abstract, and present their work in discussion, poster and demonstration

Important dates:

   Paper submissions due:                       July 14, 1997
   Notification of paper acceptance:            August 22, 1997
   Final paper deadline                         September 22, 1997
   Abstract deadline                            October 1, 1997
   Meeting                                      January 4-9, 1998

Paper format:

  Papers may be up to 12 single spaced pages, and *must* use our supplied
  format, available from  Each
  paper must be accompanied by a cover letter stating that it contains
  original unpublished results not currently under consideration elsewhere
  and that all co-authors concur with its contents.  Please indicate in your
  cover letter for which specific session (if any) you wish your paper or
  abstract to be considered.  Papers and abstracts may be submitted
  electronically.  Contact Russ Altman (russ.altman at for
  additional information.

Paper submission address:

 For physical submission, please send five copies of your paper to:

 c/o Russ B. Altman
 Section on Medical Informatics
 Stanford, CA, USA 94305-5479
 (415) 725-0659

 Electronic submission of papers and abstracts is encouraged.  Contact
 Dr. Altman for information about electronic submission.
Travel support:

  We have been able to offer partial travel support to many PSB attendees in
  the past, including most authors of accepted full papers who request
  support.  However, due to our sponsoring agencies' schedules, we are
  unable to offer travel awards before the registration (and payment)
  deadlines for authors.  We recognize that this is inconvenient, and we are
  doing our best to rectify the situation.  NO ONE IS GUARANTEED TRAVEL
  SUPPORT.  Travel support applications will be available on our web site.

Conference cochairs:

   Russ Altman,  Stanford University
   A. Keith Dunker, Washington State University
   Lawrence Hunter, National Library of Medicine
   Teri Klein, University of California, San Francisco

Each session has a chair who is responsible for organizing submissions.
Please contact the specific session chair relevant to your interests for
further information.  

PSB '98 Sessions:

		  Gene Expression and Genetic Networks

  Cochairs: Barbara Bryant, Aleksandar Milosavljevic & Roland Somogyi

  Computational methods in the monitoring, analysis, and modeling of RNA and
  protein expression; gene regulatory network models and new methods of
  acquiring and analyzing large-scale gene expression data.


  Roland Somogyi
  Phone: +1 (301) 402-1407
  Fax:   +1 (301) 402-1565
  Email: rolands at


	  Molecules to Maps: Tools for Visualization & Interaction

  Cochairs: Tom Ferrin & Eileen Kraemer

  Tools and techniques to assist scientists in evaluating, absorbing,
  navigating, and correlating sequence, structural, and functional data
  through visualization and user interaction.

   Eileen Kraemer
    Phone: +1 (314) 935-6621  
    Fax:   +1 (314) 935-7302 
    Email: eileen at 


       Gene Structure Identification in Large-scale Genomic Sequence

  Cochairs: Ying Xu, Edward Uberbacher

  Any aspect of computational gene finding, particularly how to fully
  utilize the available EST/protein sequences and biological information,
  statistical and mathematical tools to automate gene identification and
  annotation in large-scale genomic sequences.
   Ying Xu
   Phone:  +1 (423) 574-7263
   Fax:    +1 (423) 574-7860


	    Molecular Modeling in Drug Design and Biotechnology

  Cochairs: Terry Lybrand, Teri Klein, Jurgen Bajorath

  State-of-the-art molecular modeling approaches which aid in small
  molecular and structure-based drug design and protein engineering.

   Terry Lybrand
   Phone:  +1 (206) 685-1515
   Fax:    +1 (206) 616-4387
   E-mail: lybrand at


                        Protein Structure Prediction

 Chair: Richard Lathrop

  All aspects of protein structure prediction, with emphasis on approaches
  that lead to testable protein structure predictions, and experimental
  results across a large diverse set of proteins.

    Richard Lathrop
    Phone: +1 (714) 824-4021
    Fax:   +1 (714) 824-4056 
    Email: rickl at


	  The Relationship Between Protein Structure and Function:
	     How Have Proteins Over Time Diverged in Function?
  Cochairs: Patricia Babbitt and Monica Riley

  Computational strategies to address the "structure-function" problem,
  particularly the interface between automated structural analysis,
  evolutionary change and biological insight.

    Patricia Babbitt
    Phone:  +1 (415) 476-3784
    Fax:    +1 (415) 476-0688
    email:  babbitt at


                        Computing with Biomolecules

  Cochairs: Peter Clote, Masami Hagiya, Tom Head

  Both artificial and naturally occurring computations in which biological
  macromolecules act as computational elements.

   Tom Head
   Phone: +1 (607) 777-2278
   Fax:   +1 (607) 777-2450
   Email: Tom at

	 Complexity and Information Theoretic Approaches to Biology

  Cochairs: David Dowe and Klaus Prank

  Approaches to biological problems using notions of information or
  complexity, including methods such as Algorithmic Probability, Minimum
  Message Length and Minimum Description Length.  Two possible applications
  are (e.g.) protein folding and biological information processing.

   David Dowe
   Phone: +61 3 9905-5776
   Fax:   +61 3 9905-5146
   Email: dld at

                   Distributed and Intelligent Databases

  Cochairs: Dmitrij Frishman and Patrick Argos

  Computer and algorithmic methods that result in more intelligent,
  interconnected and accessible molecular biological databases.

   Dmitrij Frishman
    Phone: +49 (89) 8578-2664
    Fax:   +49 (89) 8578-2655
    Email: frishman at

	 Building Bioinformation Infrastructure in the Pacific Rim

  Cochairs: S. Subbiah, T.W. Tan, Tim Littlejohn, Hideaki Sugawara

  Collaboration and cooperation to create a shared biological information
  infrastructure across the Pacific Rim nations and beyond, that will
  guarantee a quality of service to the users of our biocomputing and
  bioinformatics resources.  Of particular emphasis in this session is how
  to transfer the technology to research organizations in developing nations
  which find difficulty in accessing biocomputing and bioinformatics

   Tin Wee Tan
   Phone: +65 772-6490
   Fax:   +65 872-6205
   Email: tinwee at

For further information about the conference, registration, possible travel
support, submission of papers not covered by the above categories, or other
information, please contact the conference coordinator:

Norma Belfer 
PSB Conference Coordinator
UCSF Computer Graphics Laboratory 
Box 0446 
513 Parnassus Avenue 
San Francisco, California 94143-0446 
email: psb at 
fax: +1 (415) 476-0688 
tel: +1 (415) 476-5128 

Lawrence Hunter, PhD.
National Library of Medicine               phone: +1 (301) 496-9303
Bldg. 38A, 9th fl, MS-54                   fax:   +1 (301) 496-0673
Bethesda. MD 20894 USA                     email: hunter at

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