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Call for ISMB-98 Site Proposals

Peter Karp pkarp at ai.sri.com
Fri Apr 19 17:20:57 EST 1996

                  Call for ISMB-98 Site Proposals

We solicit proposals by potential organizers of the 1998 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 Intelligent Systems for
Molecular Biology 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.
ISMB-97 will be held in Greece in the summer of 1997.  Therefore,
consistent with the idea that the location of ISMB will be held
alternately inside and outside North America, the steering committee
will give some (but not absolute) preference to proposals to hold
ISMB-98 in North America.

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  Significant planned changes to the format of ISMB-98 with respect
     to previous ISMB meetings

  o  The organizers of ISMB-98 will be expected to include an organizer
     of a previous ISMB conference, although that person may be chosen
     after the proposal is accepted
Proposals should be sent by email to pkarp at ai.sri.com by July 31, 1996.

The ISMB Steering Committee will decide among the proposals, and will
announce its decision by Sept 15, 1996.  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  SmithKline Beecham, 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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