DIMACS Workshop on Combinatorial Methods for DNA Mapping and Sequencing

October 6, 1994 thru October 9, 1994
DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

Pavel Pevzner (CS Dept., Penn State) [pevzner@cse.pesu.edu]
Charles Cantor (Center for Advanced Biotechnology, Boston U.)

Program Committee:
Pat Gillevet (National Center for Human Genome Research)
Richard Karp (CS, U.C. Berkeley)
Maynard Olson (Molecular Biotechnology, Washington)
Gene Myers (CS, Arizona)
Mihalis Yannakakis (AT&T Bell Labs)
Presented under the auspices of the Special Year in Mathematical Support for Molecular Biology.

Call for Participation

In the context of the 1994-95 DIMACS special year on Mathematical Support for Molecular Biology, a four day workshop on "Combinatorial Methods for DNA Mapping and Sequencing" will be held on October 6 - October 9, 1994. The focus of the workshop will be on the computational problems involved in mapping and sequencing DNA. The scope encompasses the mathematical problems motivated by DNA mapping and sequencing with a strong emphasis on applications of combinatorial methods in molecular biology. The goal is to create a dialogue between biologists and computer scientists. We aim to offer a setting for relaxed and productive professional interaction, and hope that the workshop activities will expand the participants' research interests and promote collaborations between biologists and computer scientists.


The workshop will be held at DIMACS at Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey. DIMACS is the NSF science and technology center for discrete mathematics and computer science. It is a consortium of Rutgers and Princeton Universities, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Bellcore.

Co-organizers for this workshop are:
Charles Cantor - co-chair (Center for Adv. Biotechnology, Boston U.)
Patrick Gillevet (National Center for Human Genome Research, NIH)
Richard Karp (Comp. Sci. Div., U. of California, Berkeley)
Maynard Olson (Molecular Biotechnology Dept, U. of Washington)
Gene Myers (Comp.Sci. Dept., University of Arizona)
Pavel Pevzner - co-chair (Dept. of Comp. Sci. and Eng., Penn State U.)
Mihalis Yannakakis (Bell Labs) mihalis@research.att.com
The workshop will include invited presentations, contributed talks, poster presentations, software demonstrations and an open problems session. Limited number of contributed talks will be selected by the Workshop Committee for inclusion in the program. Contributions from junior researchers are encouraged. Contributed talks, poster presentations and software demonstrations are solicited in all areas of DNA mapping and sequencing.

Applications for contributed talks, poster presentations and software demonstrations should be received by July 1, 1994 at:

Pavel A. Pevzner (DNA Mapping and Sequencing Workshop)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-3599
Requests for contributed talks, poster presentations and software demonstrations should include a 1 page hard-copy abstract plus any other supporting data such as a copy of a paper, a statement of interest, or a summary of related research by the individual. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July,30. The authors of the accepted applications will be invited to contribute a paper to the special issue, "DNA Mapping and Sequencing", of the new Journal of Computational Biology.

We invite contributions of open problems which will generate discussions and collaborations. In order to make the Open Problems Session more productive, participants are urged to submit problems in advance of the workshop dates. Each submission should include information on the origin/context of the problem, partial results and known special cases as appropriate, and references.

Please send each submission to:

Dr. Gene Myers
Computer Science Dept.
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721 gene@cs.arizona.edu

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