[Bioclusters] Call for Participation: Third International Symposium in Life Sciences Grid, Tokyo

Angulo, David dangulo at cti.depaul.edu
Mon Sep 18 12:12:24 EDT 2006

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Call for Participation:  Life Science Grid Workshop (LSGRID2006)

Date:          October 13th(Fri)-14th(Sat)
Place:         1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Venue:         Koryuto Hall, Main Office Building, 
               RIKEN Yokohama Institute
Map:            http://www.yokohama.riken.jp/eng/access/
Language:       English

Fee:            Free; 150 seats are available; pre-registration is
                strongly recommended

Please visit the following web site for Registration and Program:

Organized by:  RIKEN
Sponsored by:  Initiative for Parallel Bioinformatics (IPAB)

Workshop Overview:

The life science community is experiencing a period of unprecedented change, challenge and opportunity. With the completion of the sequencing of the human genome (and ever increasing numbers of other genomes), the opportunities of in-silico scientific research offer a new horizon of
possibilities: from rapid targeted drug discovery, identification of genetic factors to disease causes and epidemiological studies through to complete biological understanding of complete organisms and tailored genetic treatments supporting e-Health solutions. 
The possibilities abound! 

Fundamental to the realization of this vision is the infrastructure needed to use and analyze the vast array of data sets associated with such research. 
These data sets are growing exponentially, often have radically different characteristics, are often maintained by completely different groups and bodies, and importantly are perpetually evolving. In this context, the development of an infrastructure that allows to access, use, and analyze such changing and growing amounts of data is both technically challenging, offers huge benefits to the scientific community and is potentially extremely viable commercially. Similarly, such in-silico research necessitates access to and usage of large scale high performance computing infrastructures for the wider life science research community. Here life science is italicized since it is essential that such infrastructures are made accessible to potentially non-computer savvy biologists and related research communities.

The Grid represents one way in which such an infrastructure can be developed and supported, providing seamless access to computational and data resources. 
However Grid technologies and their associated standards are changing and evolving with moves towards web service-based service oriented architectures. 
How best to develop open Grid based systems allowing collaborative inter-organizational life science research to be undertaken without compromising the security of individual sites and their resources offers numerous challenges, especially in supporting flexible, scalable and secure collaborations. 

The purpose of the Life Science Grid workshop is to explore this problem space and gain a better understanding of how Grids, their architectures and associated technologies can be developed and applied to address these challenges. This is the third occurrence of the Life Science Grid workshop with previous events held in Kanazawa in 2004 and in Singapore in 2005. 
The Life Science Grid 2006 workshop which was held in Yokohama in 2006 received numerous high quality papers and poster presentations from the complete spectrum of the life science research domain and the best of these were selected for presentation at the workshop.

Program (Tentative):

Keynotes amd invited talk:

    Dr Paul Gilna (Executive Director, CAMERA)
    "The CAMERA project; a cyberinfrastructure for microbial metagenomic research" 

    Professor Carole Goble (University of Manchester) 
    "Sense and Sensibility: Adding meaning to metadata for manageable middleware"

    Dr Makoto Taiji (Team Leader, RIKEN GSC)
    "Peta Flops Molecular Dynamics Computing (MDGRAPE3) "

Technical Session 1: Grid based genome analysis

    Gridifying Viral MicroRNAs Identification 
    Computational grid for comparative genomics to identify conserved non-coding regions 

Technical Session2: Security infrastructures

    Towards Data Grids for Microarray Expression Profiles
    Secure, Reliable and Dynamic Access to Distributed Clinical Data
    User-Oriented Access to Secure Biomedical Resources through the Grid

Technical Session3: Grid architectures for the life sciences

    Distributed Workflow Management System based on Publish-Subscribe Notification for Web Services
    RABC: New Barrier-less Approach for Public Computing Platform
Technical Session4: Large scale high throughput Grid computing

    Large Scale In Silico Screening on Grid Infrastructures
    Parameter Mining: Discovery of Parameter Characteristics using Geometrical Patterns of
    Parameter-Parameter Dependencies on Differential Equations

September 2006 

Program Chairs

Richard Sinnott (National e-Science Centre, Glasgow, UK)
David Sigfredo Angulo    (DePaul Univ., USA)

Local Chair
Akihiko Konagaya (RIKEN GSC, Japan)

David Sigfredo Angulo
DePaul University
School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Information Systems
dangulo at cti.depaul.edu

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