[BiO BB] The Second Automated Function Prediction Meeting August 30 -- Sep 1 2006

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at burnham.org
Fri Jan 20 16:57:18 EST 2006

Call for Participation: Talks, Papers and Posters
The Second Automated Function Prediction Meeting
August 30 -- Sep 1 2006, University of California San Diego


Sequence and structure genomics have generated a wealth of data, but 
extracting meaningful information
from genomic information is becoming an increasingly difficult
challenge. Both the number and the diversity of discovered genes is 
This increase means that established annotation methods, such
as homology transfer, are annotating less data. In addition, there is a 
need for annotation which is
standardized so that it could be incorporated into function annotation
on a large scale. Finally, there is a need to assess the quality of the 
function prediction software which is out there. We probably know the 
sequence of the target for next generation antibiotics or cancer  
treatment. We just don't realize that because the target is currently 
annotated as a "domain of unknown function". For  these reasons and many 
more, automated protein function prediction is rapidly gaining interest 
among computational biologists in academia and industry. The first 
Automated Function Prediction (AFP)  meeting was held alongside ISMB 
2005, and brought together some 100 attendees for a full day of talks, 
poster sessions, and a discussion panel. The second meeting will be a 
three day event, August 30-September 1st , 2006 at the campus of UCSD in 
San Diego, California.

AFP 2006 will feature:

* Plenary talks delivered by leading researchers in the field
* Conference proceedings published as research papers in BMC Bioinformatics
* A Special discussion panel on gene and protein annotation
* A poster session

Talks and posters are sought in, but not limited to, the following topics:

*Function prediction using sequence based methods. This would include
"classic" methods such as detection of functional motifs and inferring
from sequence similarity
* Function from genomic information: prediction by genomic location;
locus comparison with other organisms; function gain and loss.
* Phylogeny based methods
* Function from molecular interactions
* Function from structure
* Function prediction using combined
* "Meta-talks" discussing the limitations and horizons of computational
* Assessing function prediction programs

Authors of abstracts selected for talks would also have the opportunity  
to extend them to full length papers,
which will be reviewed for publication in BMC Bioinformatics in a
special AFP proceedings section.
BMC Bioinformatics is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that
considers articles on all aspects of
computational methods used in the analysis and annotation of sequences
and structures, as well as all other
areas of computational biology. It has an ISI impact factor of 5.42 for
year 2004.


Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: April 24, 2006
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2006

Deadline for poster abstract submission: May 30, 2006.

Registration & fees: to be announced

Please see the web site of the AFP 2006 meeting for further developments
and announcements.


The AFP2006 meeting is sponsored by:
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information
Technology http://www.calit2.net/
The Burnham Institute for Medical
Research http://www.burnham.org
The Systematic Protein Annotation and Modeling
Project http://spam.sdsc.edu

If you are interested in sponsoring the AFP 2006 meeting, please contact
Iddo Friedberg
(idoerg at burnham.org) to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Iddo Friedberg, in the name of the AFP 2006 organizing committee


Iddo Friedberg, Ph.D.
Burnham Institute for Medical Research
10901 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: (858) 646 3100 x3516
Fax: (858) 713 9949

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