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HICSS '94 Minitrack Proposals Solicited

Larry Hunter hunter at work.nlm.nih.gov
Tue Jan 19 19:46:13 EST 1993

This year's HICSS Biotech Track was an impressive success.  The Steering
Committee for the '94 Conference invites you to help us make next year even
better.  We are especially interested in increasing the participation of women
and minority scholars in the organization of the conference.  Please note that
the deadline for submitting minitrack (session) proposals is FEBRUARY 1.


		   Call For Minitrack Proposals in
		       Biotechnology Computing
       27th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
		       HICSS-27: HAWAII - JANUARY, 1994

This is an invitation to submit proposals for minitracks in the Biotechnology
Computing Track of HICSS-27.  The Hawaiian International Conference on System
Sciences (HICSS) is a unique and respected forum for the exchange of ideas
among the computer science research and development community in North America,
the Asian and Pacific Basin Nations, and Europe.  All conference papers are
closely peer reviewed, and published in a proceedings by the IEEE Computer
Society Press.

In recognition of the growing importance of computer science in biology, HICSS
will for the second year devote an entire track to issues in Biotechnology
Computing: software research, computer application development and robotics
related to biological problems.  This track consists of three full days of
technical sessions, coupled with a set of advanced seminars and tutorials.  A
minitrack is either a half day or a full day of technical sessions devoted to a
particular topic within the scope of the track.

Minitrack proposals are hereby solicited to provide focus for the very broad
area of biological computing.  A minitrack proposal should identify a coherent
topic that can be addressed by 3 to 12 papers.  For example, a minitrack might
bring together papers on alternative approaches to a particular biological
question or it might examine the applications of a particular technology in a
variety of biological areas.  The previous year's minitracks were:

     Computer Support for Genome Mapping and Sequencing
     AI Technologies for Molecular Biological Analysis
     Protein Structure Prediction
     Computer-Aided Drug Design
     Methods for Dealing with Errors and Uncertainty in Molecular Biology
        Calculations and Databases

Other possible topics of interest include:

   Gene recognition algorithms
   Laboratory robotics and Laboratory management software
   Molecular graphics
   International coordination and exchange of genomic data
   Computational models of
	neural systems
	immune systems
   Taxonomic & collections systems
   Ethical and legal implications of computerized genetic databases

Responsbilities of a minitrack chair:

As a proposer of an accepted minitrack, you will become the chair of
the minitrack.  The chair's primary responsibility is to solicit high
quality papers for the minitrack and oversee their review.  Each
conference session consists of three 30 minute paper presentations.  A
minitrack typically involves 2 or 4 such sessions, concluding with an
open discussion forum.  You are to solicit manuscripts, have them
refereed, collaborate with the Track Coordinator in determining which
manuscripts are to be accepted, structure the sessions, introduce the
speakers in your sessions, and act as the moderator of the forum.
These responsibilities are described in more detail below.

Proceedure for submitting proposals:

Minitrack proposals should be no more than 6 pages.  The proposal

 * Define a specific technical area to be covered, and say whether the
   proposed minitrack is to be a half or full day.

 * Justify why the proposed area is appropriate for the Biotechnology
   Computing Track of HICSS-27.  Discuss why the topic is timely and
   important, and how the topic has been addressed in other
   conferences or recent publications.

 * Argue that there is likely to be sufficient high quality,
   unpublished material to fill the proposed minitrack.  A brief
   survey of existing work, a list of researchers you intend to
   solicit for papers, etc. are appropriate here.

 * Provide a short autobiographical sketch and an explicit statement
   that your organization endorses your involvement and has the
   infrastructure to support that involvement as described in the
   attached Responsibilities of Minitrack Coordinators.

We highly encourage the submission of proposals by e-mail.  If sent by
surface mail, send seven copies.  The deadlines are:

    February 1, 1993   Proposals Due
    February 12, 1993  Notification Regarding the Proposals
Each proposal will be evaluated by the steering committee whose 
decision will be based on the overall technical merit of the 
proposal.  Since there is only a limited amount of space for 
conducting the meeting, the number of proposals that will be 
approved in each track is limited.  We are looking forward to 
receiving a proposal from you.

The Biotechnology Computing Steering Committee:

Dr. Lawrence Hunter, chair
National Library of Medicine
Bldg. 38A, MS-54
Bethesda. MD 20894 USA
tel: +1 (301) 496-9300
fax: +1 (301) 496-0673 
internet: hunter at nlm.nih.gov

Dr. John Wootton
National Center for Biotechnology Information
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894 USA
phone (301) 496-2475
fax   (301) 480-9241
email: wootton at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Dr. Thomas Marr
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
PO Box 100
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 USA
phone: (516) 367-8393
fax: (516) 367-8389
email: marr at cshl.org

Dr. Minoru Kanehisa
Institute for Chemical Research 
Kyoto University, Japan
email: kanehisa at kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Dr. Peter Edwards
Department of Computing Science 
King's College
University of Aberdeen                  
Aberdeen, AB9 2UE SCOTLAND 
Tel.   +44 (0)224 272270
Fax    +44 (0)224 273422
email: pedwards at computing-science.aberdeen.ac.uk

Lawrence Hunter, PhD.
National Library of Medicine
Bldg. 38A, MS-54
Bethesda. MD 20894 USA
tel: +1 (301) 496-9300
fax: +1 (301) 496-0673 
internet: hunter at nlm.nih.gov
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