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PSB 2002, Call for Session Proposals

Larry Hunter Larry.Hunter at uchsc.edu
Thu Feb 8 18:49:24 EST 2001

                      Call For Session Proposals

                  Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
       Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club, January 3-7, 2002

This is an invitation to submit proposals for sessions in the seventh
Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), to be held January 3-7, 2002
in Lihue, Kaua'i, Hawaii. PSB will bring together top researchers from
the US, the Asian Pacific nations 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 an emphasis on applications in data-rich areas of molecular

The PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical
mass in sub-disciplines within biocomputing. For that reason, it is
the only meeting whose sessions are defined dynamically each year in
response to specific proposals. PSB sessions are organized by leaders
in the emerging areas, and targeted to provide a forum for publication
and discussion of research in biocomputing's "hot topics." In this
way, PSB provides an early forum for serious examination of emerging
methods and approaches in this rapidly changing field.

Proposals for such sessions are hereby solicited. A sessions proposal
should identify a coherent topic that can be addressed by 3 to 12
papers. For example, a session might bring together papers on
alternative approaches to a particular biological question or it might
examine the applications of a particular technology in a variety of
biological areas. A sample of the more than 30 different sessions at
the previous PSB meetings includes:

      Genome, Pathway and Interaction Bioinformatics 
      High Performance Computing for Computational Biology 
      Computer Modeling in Physiology: From Cell to Tissue 
      Natural Language Processing for Molecular Biology 
      Biocomputing Education and Curriculum. 
      Human Genome Variation: Linking Genotypes to Clinical Phenotypes 

For more information, you may want to consult the PSB web site:

A major goal of PSB is to create productive interaction among the
rather different research cultures of computer science and
biology. Recognizing that many in the computational community believe
the value of a meeting depends on the quality of its review process,
every full manuscript submitted to PSB is reviewed by at least two
anonymous reviewers, as well as the session organizers and meeting
chairs. Accepted papers are distributed in a proceedings volume at the
meeting, and are indexed in Medline and other bibliographic
databases. However we also recognize that many potential participants,
particularly from the biological community, do not choose to submit
full papers to conferences, even with assurances of availability and
broad indexing. Therefore PSB also includes a separate open submission
abstract book, open poster presentations, and open computer
demonstration sessions in which any registrant can present research.

Responsibilities of a session chair:

As a proposer of an accepted session, you will become the session
chair. The chair's primary responsibility is to solicit high quality
papers for the session and oversee their review. You are to solicit
manuscripts, have them refereed, collaborate with the conference
chairs in determining which manuscripts are to be accepted and
structure presentation time in your session. Please contact us at the
address below if you have any questions about the obligations entailed
in becoming a session organizer.

Procedure for submitting proposals:

Session proposals can be as short as a single page and should in no
case be more than 6 pages. The proposal should:

  * Define a specific technical area to be covered. 

  * Justify why the proposed area is appropriate for PSB. Discuss why
    the topic is timely and important, and how the topic has been
    addressed in other conferences or recent publications.  

  * Argue that there is likely to be sufficient high quality,
    unpublished material to fill the session, e.g., a list of
    researchers you intend to solicit for papers.  

  * Provide a short autobiographical sketch and an explicit statement
    that your organization endorses your involvement.

Proposals and all conference related communication must be by email. 

Key Dates 

      Proposals Due: February 12, 2001 
      Notification Regarding the Proposals: March 5, 2001 

Each proposal will be evaluated by the organizing committee. We look
forward to your submissions. 

Send you proposals to Larry.Hunter at uchsc.edu.


Lawrence Hunter, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Computational Pharmacology
Associate Professor of Pharmacology, PMB & Computer Science
URL: http://compbio.uchsc.edu/Hunter

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