[BiO BB] First call for talks: AFP / Biosapiens 2008 July 18-19 Toronto, Canada

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 18:18:03 EST 2008

Joint AFP-Biosapiens SIG


The Automated Function Prediction (AFP) SIG and the Biosapiens European
network of excellence are teaming up to hold a two-day Special Interest
Group (SIG) meeting July 18-19, 2007 alongside ISMB 2008 in Toronto, Canada.

The deluge of genomic information is challenging biologists to annotate
this data, from locating genes in the raw data through predicting the
function form protein sequence and structure. AFP and Biosapiens share
many common goals, and this year we have decided to join forces for a
SIG that will deal with a wide scope of gene, protein, and genomic

For more information:

Talks are sought in, but are not limited to:

    * Various aspects of gene and protein function prediction
          o Function prediction using sequence based methods. This
would include "classic" methods such as detection of functional motifs
and inferring function from sequence similarity.
          o Function from genomic information: prediction by genomic
location; locus comparison with other organisms; function gain and loss.
          o Phylogeny based methods
          o Function from molecular interactions
          o Function from structure
          o Function prediction using combined methods
          o "Meta-talks" discussing the limitations and horizons of
computational function prediction.
          o Assessing function prediction programs
    * Genomic annotation
          o Gene finding
          o Genome visualization
          o Collaborative annotation
          o Cooperation between experimental and computational biologists
          o Metagenomics

This year we are considering proposals fro mini-tutorials. For more
information see the AFP / Biosapiens site.

Confirmed speakers include:

       *  Barry Honig,Columbia University and Howard Hughes Medical
Institute, USA
       *  Peer Bork, European Molecular Biology Laboratories, Germany
       *  Andrew Emily, University of Toronto, Canada
       *  Olga Troyanskaya, Princeton University, USA
       *  Kimmen Sjolander, University of California Berkeley, USA

Important dates::

   - April 20, 2008: Talk, tutorial and poster abstracts due.
   - May 16, 2008: notification of acceptance
   - May 25, 2007: final abstracts due
   - July 18-19, 2008: AFP-Biosapiens SIG alongside ISMB 2008 in Toronto,

For inquiries, including sponsorship opportunities, please email:

afpbiosap2008 at gmail.com


Iddo Friedberg, Ph.D.
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