on Board efforts and membership benefits
Bryant, ISCB secretary, leads the orienteering activity
official annual meeting, Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology
2002 (ISMB), capped four days of scientific presentations and exhibits
by recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions to the
field of computational biology. With over 1500 attendees, 500 posters,
and 50 podium presenters, the conference, held in Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada from August 3rd to the 7th, 2002, was the largest held to
by all the positive comments and the overflowing audiences for presentations,
ISMB 2002 was a great success, said ISCB president Phil Bourne.
This years meeting added to the foundation of ISMB as
the organizers of next years conference begin planning for
ISMB 2003 in Brisbane.
Wishart, ISMB 2002 chair, opens the plenary sessions.
a chance to hear talks by key figures in computational biology,
to view hundreds of scientific posters, to attend software demos,
and to participate in a number of Special Interest Group meetings
and Birds of a Feather sessions. Along with the scientific presentations
and the exchange of ideas, conference attendees were treated to
a festive evening at Fort Edmonton, where the crowd toured the historic
buildings, feasted on barbeque, and danced for hours.
Luigi Martelli, winner of the ISMB Best Paper by SGI discusses
On the last
day of the conference, the ISCB awarded the Overton Prize to David
Baker, associate professor at the University of Washington and Howard
Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. The SGI Best Paper Award
was given to Pier Luigi Martelli of the University of Bologna, and
ten posters won the SGI Best Poster Award (co-authors included Piero
Fariselli, Anders Krogh, and Rita Casadio). The ISCB also provided
a record 103 travel fellowships to graduate students and postdoctoral
researchers through contributions from several sponsors and government
Gerloff, ISMB board member, comments to a speaker.
ISMB 2002 highlighted
the work of many outstanding researchers in such diverse areas as:
machine learning, pattern recognition, knowledge representation,
databases, combinatorics, stochastic modeling, string and graph
algorithms, linguistic methods, robotics, constraint satisfaction,
and parallel computation. Biological areas of interest include:
protein structure, protein function, genomics, proteomics, molecular
sequence analysis, evolution and phylogenetics, molecular interactions,
molecular structure, gene expression, metabolic pathways, regulatory
networks, developmental control, and systems biology.
ISMB 2002 Conference Chair David Wishart, 90 people took part in
reviewing 207 papers for the program, and accepted 50. Over 60 volunteers
helped to keep the conference running smoothly.
Delegates dance at the ISMB Banquet held at Fort Edmonton.
liaison Stephanie Hagstrom said, I would like to thank the
Platinum Sponsors of ISMB 2002, Hewlett Packard and IBM, and our
Gold and silver sponsors. The conference would not be possible without
the support of those companies.
to serving as a forum for computational science, the ISCB held its
annual public membership meeting and a meeting of the Board of Directors,
where several new Directors were elected. The Board voted on a number
of other issues, including the promotion of the Societys Administrative
Officer to the position of Executive Officer.
Prospective attendees of ISMB 2003, to be held in Brisbane, Australia,
from June 29 to July 3 can learn more about next years conference