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reminder: workshop on Evolutinary Computation and Bioinformatics

James A. Foster foster at cs.uidaho.edu
Thu Feb 14 21:46:22 EST 2002

Reminder: abstracts are due to this workshop Friday!

                         1st Call for participation


                         Bird-of-a-feather Workshop
                                   at the
          Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2002

                    July 9-13, 2002 (Tuesday - Saturday)

                        New York City, New York, USA

                     to be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2002


The field of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation has greatly benefited
by borrowing ideas from Biology. Recently, it has become clear that GEC 
can help solve biological problems, and thereby to "repay the debt".
It is also becoming apparent that the computer itself can be used as a 
model organism with which to study evolutionary processes in nature.

The workshop on Biological Applications of Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation, organized in connection with the 4th GECCO conference in
New York, is intended to serve as a catalyst for using GEC to answer
biological questions. By bringing together biologists and computer
scientists the exchange of the latest ideas on problems and problem
solving techniques will be facilitated.

The workshop invites discussion on general issues in this area,
including (but not limited to):

+       Data mining in biological data bases
+       Sequence alignment
+       Phylogenetic reconstruction
+       Gene expression and regulation, alternate splicing
+       Functional diversification through gene duplication and exon
+       Structure Prediction for biological molecules (structural
+       Network reconstruction for developmental, expression, catalysis,
+       Dynamical system approaches to biological systems
+       Simulation of cells, viruses, organisms, and ecologies

For a reasonable crossover between the scientific customs in Biology and
Computer Science the review process for the workshop will be rather
The best papers will be invited to contribute to a Special Issue of the
Journal "Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines", to be published
the workshop.

The workshop organizers will consider bringing in survey or tutorial
if appropriate. Workshop papers need to be presented in compact form to
more time for discussion than for presentation.


     Presentations will be selected according to 1-3 page abstracts
     to be submitted to the workshop organizers.

     Criteria for selection of papers for the workshop include
     +  Paper addresses an important question in modern biology
     +  Paper uses GEC in an important way
     +  Paper helps to provide some diversity in terms of problems
        discussed at the workshop
     +  Paper fosters discussion and interaction

     Accepted abstracts will be  published in the workshop proceedings.

     Please, send 1-3 page abstracts by February 15, 2002, to
     banzhaf at cs.uni-dortmund.de and foster at cs.uidaho.edu.

IMPORTANT DATES (subject to change)

     Abstract submission deadline:          February 15, 2002
     Decisions will be mailed by:           March 15, 2002
     Submissions of camera-ready abstracts: April 19, 2002
     Workshop in New York:                  July 9, 2002


     Wolfgang Banzhaf
     Department of Computer Science
     Informatik 11
     University of Dortmund
     Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 20
     44227 Dortmund, GERMANY

     banzhaf at cs.uni-dortmund.de
     +49-(0)231-9700-959 (fax)

     James A. Foster
     Department of Computer Science
     University of IdahoU
     Moscow, ID 83844-1010

     foster at cs.uidaho.edu
     208 885-9052 (fax)


     Attendance to the workshop is open to all GECCO attendees.
     We are looking forward to your participation and a lively
     discussion of interesting biological applications.

For recent updates, see the workshop link at
James A. Foster                   U. Idaho, Dept. Comp. Sci.
Initiative for Bioinformatics & Evolutionary STudies (IBEST)
www.cs.uidaho.edu/~foster         208.885.7062

For information about 
- IBEST: www.cs.uidaho.edu/ibest
- European GP Conf. (EuroGP 2002):
- Genetic & Evol. Comp. Conf. (GECCO 2002): www.isgec.org/
- Congress on Evol. Comp. (CEC 2002): http://www.wcci2002.org/
- the field of genetic programming: www.genetic-programming.org
- the Int. Soc. on Genetic & Evolutionary Comp.: www.isgec.org/

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