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June 2002

More than 103 papers from around the globe have been submitted to the IEEE Computer Society Bioinformatics Conference, set for August 14-16 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

The conference, the first in bioinformatics to be sponsored by the IEEE, is intended to present cutting-edge computational biology research to the largest group of computer scientists in the world, according to Peter Markstein of HP Labs, who is conference program chair.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Leroy Hood, who recently was named winner of the 2002 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technologyfor his work mapping the human genome.

The conference will include presentations of accepted papers, which will be published in the conference proceedings. Ten will be published in the Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Markstein, who works in the area of bioinformatics, said papers included a wide range of subject matter.

"We got very computer-oriented papers such as using computer parallelism to accelerate bioinformatic computation and more biological papers on topics such as classifying proteins by searching databases."

The conference also will feature tutorials in the interdisciplinary fields related to bioinformatics and the efficient implementation of large-scale applications to high throughput computing.

Lada A. Adamic, a scientist at HP Labs, will deliver a paper on a statistical method that can swiftly identify, from the literature, sets of genes known to be associated with given diseases. Adamic co-authored the paper, with Dennis Wilkenson, Bernardo A. Huberman and Eytan Adar, all of HP Labs' Information Dynamics Lab. To read an abstract, go here.

HP is the leading provider of computing equipment in the bioinformatics field.



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