[ANNOUNCE] Conference on Bioinformatics

Alan Robinson alan at ebi.ac.uk
Mon Jun 8 05:39:24 EST 1998


                       Objects in Bioinformatics '98

            Object-Oriented Technology, Software Components and 
           Distributed Computing for Bioinformatics and Genomics. 


                         3rd and 4th August, 1998. 
                       Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, 
                        Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. 

Following last years successful OiB-97 conference, OiB-98 has been set for
August 3rd-4th, 1998. The conference is organised by the European
Bioinformatics Institute and will be held in the conference facilities at
the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in the grounds of Hinxton Hall,
Cambridge, UK.

'Objects in Bioinformatics' focuses upon the role of object-oriented
technology, software components, design patterns and distributed
computing in bioinformatics and genomics. The conference is aimed at 
those who are interested in, are developing, or have developed
object-oriented software that will be of use to the bioinformatics and
genomics community in both academia and industry.  The conference aims
to address the problems now facing our scientific community of: 

    o  Heterogeneous computing environments
    o  Effective standards for the representation of data
    o  The distributed nature of applications, resources and data across
       computer networks (i.e. intranets, extranets and the Internet)
    o  The ever-present data deluge that is hitting biology
    o  The development of tools and resources to aid the biologist and

A theme of this year's conference will be the implication and application
of distributed object technology (such as CORBA) to biology and
bioinformatics, and the work of the Life Sciences Research Task Force of
the Object Management Group in promoting standards. 

The conference will include lectures and poster sessions on the rapidly
expanding and developing fields of object-oriented software and
distributed computing from both an academic and industrial perspective. 

Invited talks will cover the application of reusable components, tools,
software libraries, distributed object technology and the role of Life
Sciences Research Task Force. Speakers will also include specialists from
outside the domain of biology that have already experienced our current
data problems. 

Poster stands (including a limited number with a dedicated networked
computer), are available upon which delegates may showcase their work and
projects. Participants are encouraged to submit a brief abstract for a
poster relevant to the conference themes to promote and display their work
in the field, and fuel dialogue. 

In the same spirit as OiB-97, the cost of registration for the conference
has been kept as low as possible with a nominal fee of 50 GBP for early
registration. The closing date for early registration and submission of
abstracts is July 1st, 1998. Late registration will be possible from July
2nd onwards, however the registration fee will increase to 100 GBP. 

N.B. Following OiB-98, the Life Sciences Research (LSR) group will be
holding a technical meeting with work groups where efforts will continue
in encouraging the formation of domain standards. Interested OiB
participants are encouraged to attend these (and other) meetings of the
LSR group, although numbers will be limited for logistic reasons. 
Registration for this meeting is separate from OiB - details can be found
in the group's web pages. 

OiB-98 is supported by BioInform, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, NetGenics,
Object Design, Silicon Graphics and Synomics.

Details of registration and accommodation may be found at the conference
Web site -


Yours sincerely,
Alan Robinson.

Alan J. Robinson                      Tel:+44-(0)1223 494625
EMBL Outstation                       Fax:+44-(0)1223 494468
European Bioinformatics Institute     Email:  alan at ebi.ac.uk
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Hinxton, Cambridge,
CB10 1SD, UK                http://industry.ebi.ac.uk/~alan/

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