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DIMACS Special Focus on Computational Molecular Biology
DATE: September 2000-August 2003
UPCOMING EVENT: Protein Domains: Identification, Classification and Evolution Dates: February 27-28, 2003; DIMACS Center, Rutgers, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
URL: dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/index-compmolecbiol.html

O’Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference
DATE: February 3-6, 2003
LOCATION: San Diego, California, USA
URL: conferences.oreilly.com/biocon/
ABOUT: Lincoln Stein returns to keynote the O’Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference to discuss the challenges of bringing bioinformatics into the biological mainstream, and to chart a course for the future of bioinformatics.

First Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference Within Australia
DATE: February 4-7, 2003
URL: www.fit.qut.edu.au/~chenp/APBC2003
ABOUT: Opportunities are emerging to integrate molecular biology components of bioinformatics with computational, physiological, morphological, taxonomic, and ecological components. Addressing this challenge will facilitate the way life science researches retrieve, analyze and visualize data and relationships in a collaborative work environment.
CONTACT: p.chen@qut.edu.au

New Zealand Bioinformatics Conference
DATE: February 13-14, 2003
URL: bioconf.otago.ac.nz
ABOUT: Workshops will cater to biologists and computer scientists. Series of seminars focus on microarray analysis, phylogenetics and protein structure and function prediction.

Computational Methods in Systems Biology—University of Trento
DATE: February 24-26, 2003
URL: www.unitn.it/convegni/cmsb.htm
ABOUT: Focus on how biological molecules in living systems participate in very complex networks.

ACM Symposium on Applied Computing — Bioinformatics Track
DATE: March 9-12, 2003
LOCATION: Melbourne, Florida, USA
URL: www.cs.iupui.edu/~bioin/
ABOUT: The biomedical information science & technology initiative report identifies the need for computational tools to meet important challenges in biomedical research. This track will address research issues related to bioinformatics.

3rd IEEE Symposium on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE 2003)
DATE: March 10-12, 2003
LOCATION: Washington DC Area, USA
URL: www.cs.msstate.edu/~bibe/
ABOUT: Symposium will provide a common platform for the cross fertilization of ideas, and to help shape knowledge and scientific achievements by bridging bioinformatics and bioengineering in an interactive and attractive forum.

IBC’s Drug Discovery Technology 2003
DATE: March 31-April 3, 2003
URL: www.drugdisc.com/europe
ABOUT: Join peers and leading industry experts for 4 intensive days of innovative conference programming addressing the business, IT and science of Drug Discovery.

DATE: April 10-13, 2003
URL: www.ctw-congress.de/recomb
ABOUT: RECOMB Conference series was founded in 1997 to provide a scientific forum for theoretical advances in computational biology and their applications in molecular biology and medicine. The conference series aims at attracting research contributions in all areas of computational molecular biology.

WORKSHOP: Kernel methods in computational biology
DATE: April 14, 2003
LOCATION: Harnack-Haus, Berlin, GERMANY
URL: cg.ensmp.fr/~vert/kmb03
ABOUT: One-day workshop to review the state-of-the-art in the application of kernel methods to biology in order to highlight promising research directions, and to foster communication between the computational biology and machine learning communities.

HiCOMB 2003

DATE: April 22, 2003
URL: hpc.eece.unm.edu/HiCOMB/
ABOUT: The goal of the 2nd International Workshop On High Performance Computational Biology is to provide a forum for discussion of latest research in developing high-performance computing solutions to problems arising from molecular biology.

IMIA Working Group on Education
DATE: April 23-25, 2003
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon, USA
URL: www.ohsu.edu/bicc-informatics/imiawged
ABOUT: Teach Globally, Learn Locally: Innovations in Health and Biomedical Informatics Education in the 21st Century.
CONTACT: hersh@ohsu.edu, gormanp@ohsu.edu, sacherek@ohsu.edu

BioMED 2003
DATE: June 25-27, 2003
LOCATION: Salzburg, Austria
URL: www.iasted.org/conferences/2003/salzburg/biomed.htm
ABOUT: Sponsored by the Int’l Assoc of Science and Technology for Development Technical Committee on Biomedical Engineering.
CONTACT: calgary@iasted.com

ISMB 2003
DATE: June 29-July 3, 2003
LOCATION: Brisbane, Austraila
URL: www.iscb.org/ismb2003/index.shtml
ABOUT: Covers the development and application of advanced computational and informatic methods to address leading-edge problems in modern biological sciences and biotechnology.

15th Edition Lipari Summer School
DATE: July 13-26, 2003
URL: lipari.cs.unict.it
ABOUT: 15th ed. of the Int’l School for computer science researchers will focus on algorithmics for data mining and pattern discovery.
CONTACT: ferro@dmi.unict.it

BioThailand 2003
DATE: July 17-20, 2003
URL: biothailand2003.biotec.or.th
ABOUT: The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology will organize BioThailand 2003: Technology for Life featuring scientific meetings, trade show and the showcase of Thai biotechnology innovations.
CONTACT: biothailand2003@biotec.or.th

7th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL-2003)
DATE: September 14-17, 2003
URL: www.ecal2003.org
ABOUT: Bringing together scientists and engineers from different disciplines in an attempt to investigate complex systems from the class we call living systems.

2003 IEEE International Workshop on Neural Networks for Signal Processing
DATE: September 15-17, 2003
URL: isp.imm.dtu.dk/nnsp2003/
ABOUT: The special session is open to all persons working at the frontier between Bioinformatics and Signal Processing/Neural Networks and offers them the possibility of presenting and discussing recent and original work that merges the two fields.


ABioNet Announces New Website
URL: abionet.sanbi.ac.za
ABOUT: ABioNet is an organisation representing several African countries that have begun developing bioinformatics expertise

University of Manchester-Distance Learning course in Biocomputing
URL: pevesrv.cs.man.ac.uk/bodington/opensite/bioscience/info/b3bs/mandq/
ABOUT: Slated to begin 17 March 2003, the module is an element of the full MSc in bioinformatics, but is also suitable as an individual course for those with programming experience.
CONTACT: Heather.Vincent@man.ac.uk

STACKdb v3.1 Released
URL: www.egenetics.com/db.html
ABOUT: The STACKdb Human Gene Expression Index, provided free to academics, is now provided with a comprehensive full-length mRNA index and additional output reports containing potential alternate expression forms.
CONTACT: support@egenetics.com

Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (JBCB)
URL: www.worldscinet.com/jbcb/jbcb.shtml
ABOUT: New in 2003, JBCB aims to publish high quality, original research articles, expository tutorials and review papers as well as short, critical comments on technical issues associated with the analysis of cellular information and the use of such information in biomedicine.
CONTACT: imsoon@lit.a-star.edu.sg, mli@cs.ucsb.edu, jwooley@sdsc.edu

Protonet Releases Latest Version
URL: www.protonet.cs.huji
ABOUT: ProtoNet announces the launching of a new version of ProtoNet (v 2.1). ProtoNet provides a hierarchical classification of all Swissprot proteins.

NEW BOOK: Least Squares Support Vector Machines
J.A.K. Suykens, T. Van Gestel, J. De Brabanter, B. De Moor, J. Vandewalle
URL: www.esat.kuleuven.ac.be/sista/lssvmlab
ABOUT: Focus on Least Squares Support Vector Machines (LS-SVMs) which are reformulations to standard SVMs. LS-SVMs are closely related to regularization networks and Gaussian processes but additionally emphasize and exploit primal-dual interpretations from optimization theory.

New Distance Learning Professional Masters Program in Biomedical Informatics
URL: smi-web.stanford.edu/academics/
ABOUT: The Biomedical Informatics training program at Stanford University will offer a professional Masters degree beginning Spring 2003. The professional MS program is designed so students may remain fully employed while studying for their degree. Students accepted into the program may enroll part-time with up to 5 years to complete the program. It is possible to fulfill the requirements for the degree on-line through courses delivered by the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Faculty of 1000 Wins the ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation
URL: www.facultyof1000.com/
ABOUT: The online literature evaluation service, Faculty of 1000, has been recognised by The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers as the most innovative publication of 2002.

Announcing Cluster Analysis of Gene Expression Dynamics (CAGED)
URL: chip.org/caged
ABOUT: Computer program for cluster analysis of gene expression data collected through microarray experiments. CAGED implements a Bayesian clustering method designed to handle temporal experiments and subsuming standard independent experiments as a special case.

New Graduate Program at the University of Alabama: Specialization in Bioinformatics
URL: www.cis.uab.edu
ABOUT: Jointly administered by computer science faculty and biomedical research faculty in the UAB Medical Center. In addition to the computer science graduate admission requirements, the specialization requires an approved background in molecular biology.

Bioinformatics Training Program for Health Research
URL: www.bioinformatics.bc.ca
ABOUT: Trans-disciplinary program (offering learning streams leading toward certificate, MS, or PhD) designed and taught by leading researchers and their institutions in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
CONTACT: +1-604-707-5965; nstewart@bcgsc.ca

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Intl. Journal of Cooperative Information Systems
URL: www.worldscinet.com/ijcis/mkt/guidelines.shtml
ABOUT: This issue focuses is Data Management and Modeling Support in Bioinformatics. Papers describing state-of-the research including, but not limited to, the following areas are solicited: Database integration and interoperability; Information Modeling, metadata and data sharing; Multidatabase indexing and multidatabase queries; Data semantic and control; Ontology design; Knowledge discovery and datamining; Algorithms for large scale and distributed biological databases


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