June 22, 2001
Presenters Wanted for the First O'Reilly Bioinformatics Conference
Sebastopol, CA--Because the bioinformatics revolution is both young and
far reaching, we're casting a wide net for proposals. Bioinformatics is
the art and science of using computational tools to find answers to
biological questions. Practitioners of biology and computational
science struggle to understand the mission, mindset, and issues that
each other face. This conference attempts to bridge the gap between the
communities and address what is perhaps the most important issue in
bioinformatics: how to get the job done. We are interested in ideas and
techniques that focus on innovative and practical ways of using tools
to extract, process, or predict information that advances biological
science, research, education, or commercial activity. We're also
interested in hearing about novel solutions to difficult problems.
Bioinformatics Conference will consist of various tracks
determined by the subject matter of the submissions. Presentations
should lean more towards practical matters of installing, running, or
extending existing bioinformatics tools and techniques, rather than to
theoretical issues of biology or biological algorithm design.
"The use of computing power in gene research, drug development, and
other life sciences applications is reaching critical mass," notes Tim
O'Reilly, founder and president of O'Reilly & Associates.
"Bioinformatics and related fields are on the verge of becoming the
next big thing for the computer industry, with billion dollar fortunes
made and lost, and products that change all of our lives." As renowned
technology pundit, and O'Reilly Bioinformatics Conference committee
member, Clay Shirky remarked at last year's Biological Open Source
Computing Conference, "In a few years, we'll realize that the Internet
explosion was only the second biggest thing that happened to technology
in the late '90s."
The goal is to share practical information about the uses of
computational techniques in R&D and in labs. Biologists have a real
need for information on implementation--that is, how to develop and use
software tools that will enable them to prove their theories and enable
them to explore the engineering aspects of bioinformatics.
Invited speakers include industry leaders Gene Myers, vice president
of Informatics Research, Celera Genomics, and Nathan Myhrvold, founder
of Open Design and former chief technology officer of Microsoft
The submission deadline for all proposals is: August 15, 2001.
Presenters will be notified of selection results by October 15, 2001.
See the Bioinformatics Call
for Participation for complete information about the requirement,
submission and acceptance process.
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