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      WABI 2006      

6th Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland September 11-13, 2006


The Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics covers research in all aspects of algorithmic work in bioinformatics. The emphasis is on discrete algorithms and machine-learning methods that address important problems in molecular biology, that are founded on sound models, that are computationally efficient, and that have been implemented and tested in simulations and on real datasets. The goal is to present recent research results, including significant work-in-progress, and to identify and explore directions of future research.

WABI'06 is sponsored by EATCS (the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science) and ISCB (the International Society for Computational Biology) and jointly organized and colocated with ESA'06 in the context of ALGO'06.


Original research papers (including significant work-in-progress) or state-of-the-art surveys are solicited in all aspects of algorithms in bioinformatics, including, but not limited to:

  • Exact, approximate, and machine-learning algorithms for genomics, sequence analysis, gene and signal recognition, alignment, molecular evolution, structure determination or prediction, gene expression and gene networks, proteomics, functional genomics, and drug design.
  • Development of methods, software and dataset repositories for development and testing of such algorithms and their underlying models.
  • High-performance computing approaches to computationally hard problems in bioinformatics, particularly optimization problems.
Accepted papers will be published in the Springer series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, under the series heading of Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics and will be allotted 12 pages. Previous proceedings of WABI appeared in LNCS/LNBI volumes 2149 (Aarhus 2001), 2452 (Rome 2002), 2812 (Budapest 2003), 3240 (Bergen 2004), and 3692 (Mallorca 2005).
By arrangement with the Editor-in-Chief, selected papers from WABI will be invited for an extended publication in a special issue of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.


Submissions should consist of an extended abstract of no more than 12 pages when formatted using the Springer LNCS style. An abstract should start with a presentation of the biological problem, the results achieved, their significance and a comparison with previous work. This material should be understandable to non-specialists. A more technical exposition should follow and an optional short appendix may contain details or additional data to be consulted at the discretion of the program committee. The submission must include the corresponding author's email address.

All submissions must be online, through the EasyChair submission system at the WABI'06 submission site. You need to register on that web site before submitting; you may update your submission(s) up to the last minute. A standard postscript or PDF file must be received by 23:59 (GMT) on May 15, 2006, in order for your submission to be considered. Authors who experience problems generating a suitable Postscript or PDF file or whose submission exceeds the file size limit should contact the program chairs.

Simultaneous submission to another conference with published proceedings is not allowed; however, simultaneous submission to a journal is allowed, provided that the authors notify the program chairs; if published in a journal, such a contribution will be published as a short abstract (1 page) in the WABI proceedings.

In order to ensure inclusion of their work in the proceedings, authors must present their accepted papers at the workshop. Be aware that the deadline for sending the final version of an accepted paper is firm, due to the tight schedule for preparing the proceedings in time for the workshop. The final version must be prepared in LaTeX using the LNCS style.

Address any questions to the program committee chairs, Philipp Bücher or Bernard M.E. Moret.

Important Dates

Submission deadline May 15, 2006
Notification to authors June 9, 2006
Final version due June 25, 2006
Symposium September 11-13, 2006

Program Committee

Philipp Bücher (ISREC, co-chair)
Rita Casadio (U. Bologna)
Phoebe Chen (Deakin U.)
Nadia El-Mabrouk (U. Montréal)
Olivier Gascuel (U. Montpellier)
Raffaele Giancarlo (U. di Palermo)
David Gilbert (U. Glasgow)
Roderic Guigo (U. Pompeu Fabra)
Vasant Honavar (Iowa State U.)
Daniel Huson (U. Tübingen)
Jens Lagergren (KTH Stockholm)
C. Randal Linder (U. Texas Austin)
Joao Meidanis (U. Campinas, Sao Paolo)
Satoru Miyano (Tokyo U.)
Bernard M.E. Moret (U. New Mexico, co-chair)
Gene W. Myers (HHMI Janelia Farm)
Luay Nakhleh (Rice U.)
Cedric Notredame (CNRS Marseilles)
Sven Rahmann (U. Bielefeld)
Knut Reinert (Freie U. Berlin)
Mikhail Roytberg (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Marie-France Sagot (U. Claude Bernard)
David Sankoff (U. Ottawa)
Adam Siepel (Cornell U.)
Jijun Tang (U. South Carolina)
Olga Troyanskaya (Princeton U.)
Alfonso Valencia (CNB-CSIC)
Jaak Vilo (Egeen Inc.)
Tandy Warnow (U. Texas Austin)
Lusheng Wang (City U. Hong Kong)
Tiffani Williams (Texas A&M U.)
Louxin Zhang (National U. Singapore)

Organizing Committee

Michael Hoffman (ETHZ, chair)
Angelika Steger (ETHZ)
Emo Welzl (ETHZ)
Peter Widmayer (ETHZ)
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