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         Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB '98)

SPECIAL NOTICE: The student travel awards for the Sixth International
Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB '98)
will close 15 May, 1998 (this reflects a special deadline extension
due to the volume of requests).  All students seeking travel support
*MUST* submit applications by 15 May, 1998.  See the Web page at for details.

         Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB '98)



                 The Sixth International Conference on
         Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB '98)
                        June 28 - July 1, 1998
                           Montreal, Canada

     Sponsored by the International Society for Computational Biology

                        Call For Participation

The ISMB conference provides a general forum for disseminating the
latest developments in bioinformatics.  ISMB is a multidisciplinary
conference that brings together scientists from computer science,
molecular biology, mathematics and statistics.  Its scope includes the
development and application of advanced computational methods for
biological problems.  Relevant computational techniques include, but
are not limited to: machine learning, pattern recognition, knowledge
representation, databases, combinatorics, stochastic modeling, string
and graph algorithms, linguistic methods, robotics, constraint
satisfaction, and parallel computation.  Biological areas of interest
include molecular structure, genomics, molecular sequence analysis,
evolution and phylogenetics, metabolic pathways, regulatory networks,
developmental control, and molecular biology generally. Emphasis is
placed on the validation of methods using real data sets, on practical
applications in the biological sciences, and on development of novel
computational techniques.

The four-day conference will be held at the campus of the University
of Montreal, which is picturesquely situated on top of Mount Royal
(approximately 10 minutes from downtown Montreal). Montreal, which is
the second largest city in Canada, has a unique francophone culture
and a reputation for fine cuisine and interesting night life. It is
geographically located in Quebec and is easily accessible by air from
most major centers in North America or Europe. The city is also served
by an efficient rail system from the US and Canada.

The conference is timed to coincide with the world reknowned
Montreal Jazz Festival, which begins on July 1, 1998.

The conference will feature original, refereed papers, software
demonstrations, posters and introductory tutorials. Papers will be
published by the AAAI in an archival proceedings and are indexed in
the Medline database, and will be provided to participants as a bound
volume at the conference. The previous ISMB meetings were:

  1993: National Library of Medicine, USA
  1994: Stanford University, USA
  1995: Cambridge University, UK
  1996: Washington University, USA
  1997: Halkidiki, Greece

Keynote speakers
    Robert Cedergren, University of Montreal, Canada
    Michael Waterman, University of Southern California, USA
    Shoshana Wodak, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

                    ISMB-98 Organizing Committee

  Terry Gaasterland,  Argonne National Lab and Dept of Comp Sci, U Chicago, USA
  Janice Glasgow      Queen's University, Canada
  Richard Lathrop     University of California, Irvine, USA
  Tim Littlejohn      Australian National Genomic Information Service, Australia
  Francois Major      University of Montreal, Canada
  Manuel Peitsch      Glaxo Wellcome Research and Development, Switzerland
  David Sankoff       University of Montreal, Canada
  Christoph Sensen    National Research Council, Canada

                               Key Dates

  Tutorial presentations:                               June 28, 1998
  Paper presentations:                                  June 29 - July 1, 1998

Paper Submissions
  Papers must be received by:                           Feb 2, 1998
  Replies to authors by:                                Mar 9, 1998
  Revised papers must be received by:                   Mar 24, 1998

Open Poster Submissions
  Abstracts must be received by:                        Apr 6, 1998

Tutorial Proposals
  Short (1-para) proposals must be received by:         Jan 20, 1998
  Full (3pp) proposals must be received by:             Feb 20, 1998
  Replies to proposers by:                              Mar 25, 1998
  Draft handouts must be received by:                   Apr 21, 1998
  Final handouts must be received by:                   May 21, 1998
  Tutorials presented:                                  Jun 28, 1998

  Early registration ends:                              May 23, 1997

ISMB-98 Contact address:  ismb98 at

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