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Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing: Call for Papers

Larry Hunter hunter at work.nlm.nih.gov
Wed Apr 3 20:27:40 EST 1996

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^              Call For Papers, Abstracts and Demonstrations               v
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^                    Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing                     v
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^               Kapalua,  Maui (Hawaii) - January 6-9, 1997                v
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^                      URL:  http://cgl.ucsf.edu/psb                       v
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The second Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), will be held January 6-9,
1997 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 and workshops.  Each session
will involve both formal research presentations and open discussion groups.
The 1997 PSB sessions and workshops are listed 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.  Papers may be up to 12 pages in length.
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original unpublished results not currently under consideration elsewhere and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.

Researchers wishing to present their research without official publication
are encouraged to submit an abstract of up to two pages, and present their
work in discussion, poster and demonstration sessions.

Important dates:

   Paper submissions due:                       July 1, 1996
   Notification of paper acceptance:            August 22, 1996
   Final paper deadline                         September 15, 1996
   Meeting                                      January 6-9, 1997

Paper format:

  Submitted papers may be no longer than 12 pages single spaced, and *must*
  use our supplied format.  Format information can be found at
  ftp://camis.stanford.edu/pub/altman/psb. Contact Russ Altman
  (altman at camis.stanford.edu) for additional information.

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 '97 Sessions:

                          Molecular Visualization

  Molecular graphics techniques, with emphasis on visionary ideas and
  challenging questions; also solutions to particular molecular problems
  using original visualization techniques.

    Conrad Huang                        
    Phone: +1 (415) 476-0415
    Fax:   +1 (415) 502-1755
    Email: conrad at cgl.ucsf.edu


              Computational Simulation and Hybrid QM/MM models

  Forefront approaches to the simulation of biological molecules and the
  representation of interactions between them. Particular emphasis will be
  placed upon combined quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM)
  approaches, the treatment of electrostatic interactions, and
  biomolecule/solvent interactions.

    Kenneth M. Merz Jr.
    Phone: +1 (814) 865-3623
    Fax:   +1 (814) 863-8403
    Email: merz at retina.chem.psu.edu


                        Protein Structure Prediction

  All aspects of protein structure prediction, with special focus on Protein
  Threading (contact adam at scripps.edu) and Side-Chain Packing (contact
  subbiah at cellbio.stanford.edu), and emphasizing informal discussions,
  panels, and non-competitive prediction workshops.

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


                            Structure Evolution

  New techniques, theories, insights and approaches for understanding the
  evolution of biopolymers, including analyses of the databases of
  biomolecular sequences and structures, simple conceptual and computational
  evolutionary models, and computational perspectives on experimental

   Erich Bornberg-Bauer
   Phone: +49 (6221) 42-2725
   Fax:   +49 (6221) 42-2333
   Email:  erich at tbi.univie.ac.at or erich at santafe.edu


                   Distributed and Intelligent Databases

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

    Patrick Argos
    Phone: +49 (6221) 38-7275
    Fax:   +49 (6221) 38-7517
    Email: psbdb at mailserver.embl-heidelberg.de
               Extracting Biological Knowledge from Sequences

  Theoretical and computational approaches for annotating and otherwise
  extracting knowledge from DNA sequences, with particular attention to
  higher order sequence patterns and the analysis of complete genomes.

    Francisco de la Vega
    Phone: +52 (5) 747-7000, ext. 5355
    Fax:   +52 (5) 747-7100
    Email: psb97 at gene.cinvestav.mx


                             Metabolic Pathways

  Pathway databases, pathway simulation techniques (qualitative and
  quantitative), pathway design and feasibility estimation, pathway
  visualization, pathway estimation from sequence data, comparative analysis
  of pathways, pathway evolution, application of machine learning to
  pathways, and ontologies for pathways.

   Peter Karp
   Phone: +1 (415) 859-6375
   Fax:   +1 (415) 859-3735
   Email: pkarp at ai.sri.com


                        Computing with Biomolecules

  Computations carried out through the activities of biomolecules whether in
  nature, in laboratories, or within machines.

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

*** Discussion sessions and workshops: 


                            Molecular Modeling

  This interactive workshop-like session will discuss state-of-the-art
  approaches to macromolecular modeling and their opportunities, caveats,
  and limitations; focusing on energy functions for the analysis of
  molecular interactions, fold recognition, and modeling proteins in the
  presence of 'twilight zone' sequence similarities.

    Jurgen Bajorath
    Phone: +1 (206) 727-3612
    Fax:   +1 (206) 727-3602
    Email: bajorath at protos.bms.com


                                Drug Docking

   Molecular docking algorithms and applications to lead discovery and
   optimization.  Particular emphasis on novel scoring functions, methods
   for flexible ligand docking, and real applications.

     Ajay Jain
     Phone: +1 (415) 737-1651
     Fax:   +1 (415) 737-8590
     Email: jain at arris.com

                         Information and Complexity

  Information and theoretical computational approaches to the understanding
  of complexity in biological systems, including the relations among
  different types of measures

   T. Gregory Dewey
   Phone: +1 (303) 871-3100
   Fax:   +1 (303) 871-2254
   Email: gdewey at du.edu


                 Stochastic Models and Grammars in Biology

  Hidden Markov Models, (Stochastic) Context Free Grammars, Tree Grammars,
  and other stochastic models/grammars for analysis, modeling,
  classification and prediction of DNA, RNA and protein sequences and
   Kiyoshi Asai
   Phone: +81 (298) 58-5936
   Fax:   +81 (298) 58-5939
   Email:  asai at etl.go.jp


                       Taxonomic Information Systems

  Discussions of the status of current efforts in taxonomic information
  systems, the requirements for future distributed taxonomy and collections
  systems accessible over the Internet/WWW, the roles and responsibilities
  of the various collaborators, and the strategies necessary to obtain long
  term partnerships, support and maintenance for such systems.

    Gary Waggoner
    Phone: +1 (303) 202-4222
    Fax:   +1 (303) 202-4219
    Email: Gary_Waggoner at nbs.gov


                           Biocomputing Education

  A panel discussion forum, paper depository, and poster session
  particularly concerned with the issues surrounding funding, organizing,
  and teaching successful bioinformatics workshops.

    Steve Thompson
    Phone: +1 (509) 335-0533 
    Fax:   +1 (509) 335-0540
    Email: thompson at ribozyme.vadms.wsu.edu

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:

Sharon Surles
PSB Conference Coordinator
Interactive Simulations, Inc.
5330 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone:  619-658-9782 
FAX:  619-658-9463
psb at intsim.com

Lawrence Hunter, PhD.
National Library of Medicine               phone: +1 (301) 496-9300
Bldg. 38A, 9th floor                       fax:   +1 (301) 496-0673
Bethesda. MD 20894 USA                     email: hunter at nlm.nih.gov
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