[BiO BB] BLC2004: Biological Language Conference

Madhavi Ganapathiraju madhavi+blc at cs.cmu.edu
Thu Jan 22 18:04:37 EST 2004

BLC2004:  2nd Biological Language Conference,
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA



Integration of language technologies in bioinformatics/computational 
biology research

Protein sequences from different organisms may be viewed as texts written 
in different languages. The mapping of protein sequence to their structure, 
dynamics and function then becomes analogous to the mapping of words to 
meaning in natural languages. This analogy can be exploited by application 
of statistical language modeling and text classification techniques to 
biological sequences, thereby generating testable hypotheses regarding the 
fundamental building blocks of "protein sequence language". The 
biology-language analogy enables novel applications of language 
technologies to the biology domain, but is to a great extent overlapping 
with existing other computational biology/bioinformatics applications. The 
purpose of the Biological Language Conference is to facilitate scientific 
exchange between researchers using the language analogy approach directly 
and researchers using other approaches.

We invite papers in the following areas of interest

secondary structure prediction
tertiary structure prediction
repetitive fold/supersecondary structure prediction
membrane protein-specific prediction challenges
protein folding/misfolding
protein dynamics and conformational changes
protein-protein interactions
protein/gene networks and pathways
microarray analysis
protein function prediction
DNA sequence analysis
efficient sequence processing
genome evolution/comparison
sequence alignment
protein family classification
immune system
database/toolkit development
mass spectrometry data analysis

Key Dates
June 1st, 2004      Deadline for electronic paper submission
August 1st, 2004  Notification of acceptance
August 15th, 2004  Final camera-ready manuscript due
October 15th, 2004    Registration deadline
November 18-19, 2004    Conference

Conference is organized by the NSF funded Centre for Biological Language 
Modeling (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~blmt)

Judith Klein-Seetharaman
judithks at cs.cmu.edu

BLC2003: http://flan.blm.cs.cmu.edu/meeting2003/

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