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PACBB 2011 : Internacional Conference on Practical Applications of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics


When Apr 6, 2011 - Apr 8, 2011
Where Salamanca, Spain
Submission Deadline Nov 15, 2010
Notification Due Dec 15, 2010
Final Version Due Dec 30, 2010
Categories    bioinformatics   computational biology   systems biology

Call For Papers

5 th International Conference on Practical Applications of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics (PACBB '11)
6 th - 8 th April, 2011 - Salamanca - Spain

The success of Bioinformatics in recent years has been prompted by research in Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine in several initiatives. These initiatives gave rise to an exponential increase in the volume and diversification of data, including nucleotide and protein sequences and annotations, high-throughput experimental data, biomedical literature, among many others.
Systems Biology is a related research area that has been replacing the reductionist view that dominated Biology research in the last decades, requiring the coordinated efforts of biological researchers with those related to data analysis, mathematical modeling, computer simulation and optimization.
The accumulation and exploitation of large-scale data bases prompts for new computational technology and for research into these issues. In this context, many widely successful computational models and tools used by biologists in these initiatives, such as clustering and classification methods for gene expression data, are based on Computer Science/ Artificial Intelligence (CS/AI) techniques. In fact, these methods have been helping in tasks related to knowledge discovery, modeling and optimization tasks, aiming at the development of computational models so that the response of biological complex systems to any perturbation can be predicted.
The 5th International Conference on Practical Applications of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics (PACBB) aims to promote the interaction among the scientific community to discuss applications of CS/AI with an interdisciplinary character, exploring the interactions between sub-areas of CS/AI, Bioinformatics, Chemoinformatics and Systems Biology.
Brand new ideas in these fields are sought, as well as substantial and relevant revisions and actualizations of previously presented work, project summaries and PhD thesis presented or not.

Everyone interested in participating and presenting his/her work in this workshop may do it by sending a contribution. The papers should be written in English. There are three possibilities:

1- Long papers:
A maximum length of 8 pages. They must consist of original, relevant and previously unpublished sound research results related to any of the topics of the conference.

2- Short papers:
A maximum length of 4 pages. They can be project reports, a summary of a PhD thesis, or work in progress.

3- Doctoral consortium:
PhD students are invited to present the topic and progress of their research, in order to obtain feedback from a panel of experts. The length of these papers should be no longer than 8 pages.

- Papers Format
All papers must be formatted according to the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing Series Springer template. The template can be downloaded ( . All proposed papers must be submitted in electronic form (PDF format) using the Paper Submission Page.

- Publication
Accepted papers will be included in 2011 Proceedings, published in the Advances in Intelligent and Soft-Computing series of Springer. At least one of the authors will be required to register and attend the symposium to present the paper in order to include the paper in the conference proceedings. All accepted papers will be published by Springer Verlag.

- Submitting papers
In order to submit a paper you must register as an author at PACBB 2011 conference management system . In order to submit a paper to PACBB'11, authors must register at the paper submission system form PAAMS 2011 (Event 3 - PACBB'11). All papers for PACBB 2011 must be submitted in electronic form (PDF format, original document word or latex and images).

- Paper submission deadline: November 15, 2010
- Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2010
- Final version submission: December 30, 2010
- (PACBB '11) celebration: April 4-6, 2011

Computational areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
· Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining techniques
· Text Mining and Language Processing
· Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
· Rough, Fuzzy and Hybrid Techniques
· Hidden Markov Models
· Bayesian Approaches
· Artificial Neural Networks
· Support Vector Machines
· Evolutionary Computing
· Case-Based Reasoning systems
· Non-linear dynamical analysis methods and Intelligent signal processing
· Feature selection
Biological areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
· Sequence analysis
· Next generation sequencing
· Comparison and alignment methods
· Motif, gene and signal recognition
· Molecular evolution
· DNA twisting and folding
· High-throughput data analysis (transcriptomics, proteomics, etc)
· Phylogenetics and phylogenomics
· Determination or prediction of the structure of RNA and proteins
· Gene expression data analysis
· Identification of metabolic pathways
· Functional genomics
· Biomarker identification
· Molecular docking and drug design
· Computational problems in genetics such as linkage and QTL analysis, linkage disequilibrium analysis in populations, haplotype determination, SNPs
· Molecular and cellular interactions
· Emergence of properties in complex biological systems
· Visualization of biological systems and networks
· Data and software integration
· Biomedical ontologies
· In silico optimization of biological systems
· Metabolic engineering applications
· Cell simulation and modeling
· Metabolic, regulatory and signaling models/ networks: properties, dynamics, inference/ reconstruction
· Metabolomics/ metabolic fingerprints
· Health-care applications
· Bio imaging


Scientific Committee
Florentino Fdez-Riverola - University of Vigo (Spain)
Alfonso Valencia (Chairman) - Structural Biology and BioComputing Programme(CNIO)

Organization Committee
Juan M. Corchado - - Universidad de Salamanca
Miguel P. Rocha - CCTC, Univ. Minho (Portugal)

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