Fourth Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics (VCGB-IV)

Venue: Access Grid and Real Player Locations Around the World

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 21, 2004 End Date/Time: Sep 24, 2004
Early Registration Date: Jul 01, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 31, 2004
Paper Submission Date: Jul 31, 2004
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The Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics is an advanced collaborative environment featuring high profile researchers involved in the development and use of cutting edge technologies and approaches which allow a better understanding of the molecular structure and dynamics of biological systems. The objectives of the conference are:

Transcend geographical and economical barriers for the exchange of ideas that facilitates the interaction and collaboration among scientists and educators around the world.
Address the benefits and limitations of the newest developments in post-genomic technologies.
Explore the social and ethical implications of genomic and bioinformatic research.
Establish new ways to introduce the high school community to today's multidisciplinary science.
In order to accomplish our objectives, the Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics is completed without registration fees. The conference is broadcast around the world using Access Grid and real-time video streaming technologies. The Access Grid is a virtual collaboration tool designed for group-to-group communication (thus differentiating it from desktop-to-desktop based tools). The design of this system creates an atmosphere that enhances the exchange of ideas and the collaboration among participants. Large-format displays integrated with active meeting rooms are central features of the access grid nodes. This facilitates the interaction of researchers and students without incurring significant expenses associated with travel. For locations without an access grid, a live video streaming version of the conference is provided. A location featuring this version requires a digital projector, a set of speakers, and a computer connected to the Internet. Participants who use this system can attend the conference in small to medium size groups (5 to 40 people). Using a web-based forum participants of the live video streaming version can submit questions directly to remote presenters and all participants of the virtual conference.

In addition to the real-time virtual conference, presentations (visual and audio) are available on the web for delayed streaming. Threaded discussion sessions with the invited speakers and additional peer-reviewed paper sessions follow the conference.

Who Should Attend:

Students, Bioinformatics project leaders, Statisticians, Computational Biologists, Computational Chemists, IT leaders and Genomic database administrators, Biotechnology business analysts and anyone involved in the analysis of the genomic structure and dynamics of living systems.

Topics of the Conference Includes

Artificial Life
Biological Modeling
Computational Chemistry
Complex Biological Systems
Education and Training
Genomics of Infectious Diseases
Genomics of Cancer
High Performance Computing
Structural Genomics
Transcriptional Analysis and Gene Regulation
Bioethics and Intellectual Property Rights Issues


Additional Information

In addition to the invited speakers, selected papers will be invited to give oral presentations. Kim Baldridge, Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich. Switzerland Patsy Babbitt. University of California, San Francisco. USA Irene Bosch, University of Massachusetts Medical School. USA Carlos Camacho, Boston University. USA Colin C. Collins, Medicine and Cancer Research Institute, UCSF. USA Charles DeLisi, Boston University. USA Martin Gollery, University of Nevada at Reno. USA Maricel Kann, National Institute of Health. NCBI. USA Eugene Koonin, National Institute of Health. USA Luis Rocha, Los Alamos National Laboratory. USA Maryellen Ruvolo, Harvard University. USA John B. Shabb, University of North Dakota. USA Christoph W. Sensen, University of Calgary. Canada Richard Simon, National Institute of Health. NCI. USA William Perrizo, North Dakota State University. USA Willy Valdivia-Granda. Orion Integrated Biosciences. USA