Events and Opportunities of Interest
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Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) Special Focus on Computational Molecular Biology
DATES: September 2000-August 2003
• Workshop on Complexity in Biosystems: Innovative Approaches at the Interface of Experimental and Computational Modeling: April 8-10, 2002; DIMACS Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey; URL:
• DIACS-National Chiao Tung University Conference on the Interconnections Among Codes, Designs, Graphs and Molecular Biology: May 24-26, 2002; National Center of Theoretical Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan; URL:
• Protein Domains: Identification, Classification and Evolution Dates: February 27-28, 2003; DIMACS Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Methods in Functional Genomics (A Special Issue of Machine Learning Journal)
DEADLINE: May 15, 2002
CONTACT: Paola Sebastiani (
ABOUT: Machine Learning Journal invites submissions to a Special Issue devoted to machine learning advances in functional genomics. The special issue seeks contributions of significant methodological content and high potential impact on the functional genomics research community.

Second Annual RECOMB Satellite meeting on DNA Sequencing and Characterization
DATE: May 18-19, 2002
LOCATION: Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
ABOUT: Genome sequencing has flourished the past several years, with genomes such as the C.elegans, D.melanogaster, the human, mouse, and rat either complete, or currently being sequenced and assembled. Computational assembly has been an essential part of sequencing since the conception of the sequencing technology. Recent sequencing achievements have become possible due to advances in lab techniques, computational power, and algorithms and software. This meeting will bring together many people working on algorithms and systems for genome-scale sequencing and analysis.

SHORT COURSE: Bioinformatics: Methods and Techniques
DATE: June 18-20, 2002
LOCATION: Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
ABOUT: An introduction to fundamental problems in genomics and bioinformatics. Topics include DNA and protein sequence and structure analysis, structure prediction and the impact of new technologies such as mRNA expression arrays and proteomics techniques. The URL leads to an informational video and contains full course details.
CONTACT: Jody Gladstein, 650-723-9041 (

DATE: June 19-21, 2002
LOCATION: Boston, Massachusettes
ABOUT: Conference synopsis: This information-intensive conference will bring together the industry’s most forward-thinking computational biologists to examine diverse bioinformatics strategies and applications. Key components of this event include open-source industry collaboration and integration, computational proteomics, post-genomic bioinformatics and drug discovery. Focused pre-conference tutorials will offer hands-on experience with leading bioinformatics tools.
CONTACT: Ann Pendleton, 312.894.6418 (

NETTAB 2002 Second International Workshop on Agents in Bioinformatics
DATE: July 12-14, 2002
LOCATION: Bologna, Italy (Ex scuola Ercolani, Mura Anteo Zamboni, 2b)
ABOUT: This workshop aims to bring together researchers working toward the vision of a genome analysis and annotation using agents-based systems. NETTAB2002 aims to strengthen the relationships within the bioinformatics community, to activate cooperation between bioinformatics and computer science communities, to collect the latest ideas, achievements and proposals in the application of agents and multi-agent systems to the bioinformatics area.
• Co-operation between intelligent agents to improve information retrieval in bioinformatics
• Multi-agent systems to support eScientists during their daily research
• Agents applications in bioinformatics
• Multi-agent systems that improve the data resources integration
• Bioinfomatics agent-based decision support systems
• Information agents that gather, compile and organize biological knowledge available on Internet
• Biological data and knowledge modeling tools
• Ontologies, Databases and Applications of Semantics in Bioinformatics

The Third International Conference on Bioinformatics of Genome Regulation and Structure (BGRS2002)
DATE: July 14-20, 2002
LOCATION: Novosibirsk, Russia
ABOUT: BGRS2002 will provide a forum for the accumulation, analysis, and recognition of genomic regulatory sequences. Experimental biologists are also encouraged to attend—BGRS2002 aims to be a stimulating event to facilitate an application of computational biology to experimental research.

WABI 2002: 2nd Workshop on Algorithms in BioInformatics
DATE: September: 16-21, 2002
LOCATION: Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy)
ABOUT: WABI2002 will cover research in algorithmic work in bioinformatics and computational biology. The emphasis is on discrete algorithms that address important problems in molecular biology, genomics and genetics that are founded on sound models, computationally efficient, and have been implemented and tested in simulations and on real datasets.
• Exact and approximate algorithms for genomics, genetics, sequence analysis, gene and signal recognition, alignment, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, structure determination or prediction, gene expression and gene networks, proteomics, functional genomics, and drug design.
• Development of methods, software and dataset repositories to develop and test such algorithms and their underlying models.
• High-performance computing approaches to computationally hard problems in bioinformatics, particularly optimization problems.

Invitation to the 3rd International Conference on Systems Biology — The Logic of Life
DATE: December 13-15, 2002
LOCATION: Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SWEDEN
ABOUT: ICSB 2002 will feature experimental, computational and theoretical advances in the rapidly advancing fields of gene expression acquisition technologies, gene expression data analysis, functional analysis of biological control systems, proteinomics, modeling and analysis of kinetic networks, metabolomics, signal transduction, morphogenesis, and much more.

First O’Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference Built Bioinformatics Bridges
SUMMARY: O’Reilly and Associates’ first Bioinformatics Technology Conference took place January 28-31, 2002. Over 700 scientists, researchers, programmers and bioinformaticians came together to examine the state of computational biology and learn from each other’s study and practice. O’Reilly and Associates will post news on future conferences as they become available on their website:

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