^ Call For Papers, Abstracts and Demonstrations v
^ for the v
^ Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing v
^ Kapalua, Maui (Hawaii) - January 6-9, 1997 v
^ URL: http://cgl.ucsf.edu/psb v
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
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original unpublished results not currently under consideration elsewhere and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.
Paper submissions due: July 1, 1996
Notification of paper acceptance: August 22, 1996
Final paper deadline September 15, 1996
Meeting January 6-9, 1997
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.
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
PSB '97 Sessions:
Molecular graphics techniques, with emphasis on visionary ideas and
challenging questions; also solutions to particular molecular problems
using original visualization techniques.
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
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.
Phone: +1 (714) 824-4021
Fax: +1 (714) 824-4056
Email: rickl at ics.uci.edu
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Phone: +1 (607) 777-2278
Fax: +1 (607) 777-2450
Email: Tom at Math.Binghamton.edu
*** Discussion sessions and workshops:
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.
Phone: +1 (206) 727-3612
Fax: +1 (206) 727-3602
Email: bajorath at protos.bms.com
Molecular docking algorithms and applications to lead discovery and
optimization. Particular emphasis on novel scoring functions, methods
for flexible ligand docking, and real applications.
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
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.
Phone: +1 (303) 202-4222
Fax: +1 (303) 202-4219
Email: Gary_Waggoner at nbs.gov
A panel discussion forum, paper depository, and poster session
particularly concerned with the issues surrounding funding, organizing,
and teaching successful bioinformatics workshops.
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:
PSB Conference Coordinator
Interactive Simulations, Inc.
5330 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92121
psb at intsim.comhttp://cgl.ucsf.edu/psb
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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