2003 Celebrates Bioinformatics Down Under
recipients of the 2003 SGI Best Poster Award
its 11th year by venturing beyond North America and Europe to Brisbane,
Australia from June 29 to July 3, 2003. The conference attracted
919 participants from 42 countries to its quality program of papers,
posters, tutorials, special interest group meetings, and more. The
Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Advanced Computational
Modelling Centre of the University of Queensland served as local
hosts for the meeting, which was held at the Brisbane Conference
and Exhibition Centre.
More than 500
participants took part in 15 tutorials on both established and cutting-edge
topics relevant to the bioinformatics field, including "Bioethics
for Bioinformaticists", "Molecular Modeling: building
a 3D protein structure from its sequence", "Artificial
Intelligence and Machine Learning Techniques for Bioinformatics",
and "Data Warehousing in Molecular Biology". The Special
Interest Group meetings also proved popular this year, with 98 participating
in Bioinformatics Open Source Conference, 100 in Biopathways, 51
in Bio-Ontologies, 28 in WEB03, and 42 in Text Mining (BioLINK).
participants calculate how many locations they can get to in
a short allotment of time.
attendees had the opportunity to participate in the popular Orienteering
Ice Breaker. The event, a tradition initiated at ISMB2002, involved
finding control locations in a Brisbane city park using a map and
a compass. Ironically, according to the ISMB website, the event
is analogous to the NP-complete Prize Collecting Traveling Salesman
problem, which has a respectable and fascinating literature, as
well as mostly untapped applications in bioinformatics. ISMB concluded
with a party at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, where attendees enjoyed
entertainment, wild rides, and wildlife.
at ISMB 2003 included: Sydney Brenner, one of three recipients of
the 2002 Nobel Prize in medicine and founder of the Molecular Sciences
Institute and distinguished research professor, Salk Institute;
David Haussler, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and
professor of computer and information sciences, University of California,
Santa Cruz; Yoshihide Hayashizaki, project director of Genome Exploration
Research Group, Genomic Sciences Center, RIKEN; John Mattick, director
of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland;
Ron Shamir, professor of computer science, Tel-Aviv University,
and Michael Waterman, professor of mathematics, computer science
and biological science, University of Southern California.
Sankoff takes home the ISCB Senior Scientist Accomplishment
W. James Kent,
the 2003 winner of the Overton Prize delivered the annual Overton
Lecture. Kent is an assistant research scientist at the University
of California, Santa Cruz. The prize, now in its third year, is
awarded for outstanding accomplishment to a scientist in the early-
to mid- stage of his or her career who has already made a significant
contribution to the field of computational biology. The winner of
the first-ever ISCB Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award was David
Sankoff, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Genomics at the University
of Ottawa and a member of the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques
at the Université de Montréal. The Senior Scientist
Accomplishment Award recognizes members of the computational biology
community who are more than 12 to 15 years post-degree and have
made major contributions to the field of computational biology.
for more information on Kents and Sankoffs research
and selection for these awards.)
and governmental sponsors provided invaluable support for ISMB 2003.
Platinum Sponsors included: Hewlett-Packard, Queensland Government
- Dept of Innovation and Information Economy, and Sun Microsystems,
Inc. Gold Sponsors included: Apple Computer Australia, SGI, and
The University of Queensland. Silver Sponsors included The Australian
Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) and Queensland Parallel
Supercomputing Foundation Ltd.
support, which allows students and early-career scientists to attend
ISMB, was provided by the United States Department of Energy, the
United States National Institutes of Health, the United States National
Science Foundation, and the ISCB.