IWBDA 2009: 1st International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation, San Fransisco, CA, USA

1st International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation


The First International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) will bring together researchers from the synthetic biology and design automation communities. The broad focus will be on concepts, methodologies and software tools for the automated synthesis of novel biological functions. A specific focus will be on the application of computational expertise from electronic circuit design to these areas.

Still in its early stages, the field of synthetic biology has been driven by experimental expertise; much of its success has been attributable to the skill of the researchers in specific domains of biology. There has been a concerted effort to assemble repositories of standardized components. However, creating and integrating synthetic components remains an ad hoc process. The field has now reached a stage where it calls for computer-aided design tools. The electronic design automation (EDA) community has unique expertise to contribute to this endeavor. This workshop offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion, with the aim of seeding collaboration between the research communities.

Topics of interest include:

Please email questions to Douglas Densmore, densmore@eecs.berkeley.edu.


The workshop will be held in the Moscone Center, in downtown San Fransisco on July 27, 2009, co-located with the Design Automation Conference. DAC is the premier conference in the field of electronic design automation with over 10,000 attendees.
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The program is posted here in pdf and text.


Workshop Proceedings‎ (Program, Abstracts, Participant List).


The registration fee for the workshop is $195. To register:

For those planning on attending DAC, there is a discount on the full conference registration fee if you register for IWBDA.

Badge pick-up at DAC: All workshop attendees can pick up their badge at the Advance Registration desk located in the North Lobby. Please proceed to the Speaker Desk. All organizers, presenters and attendees must have a badge to attend the workshops. All badges will have a specific code that indicates they are registered for the Bio Design workshop.


Internet access: Wireless internet access is available only in the foyers and lobbies of the convention center. There is no internet access in the meeting rooms.

Talk guidelines: We-will supply a projector, laser pointer, computer and a wired lavaliere microphone. There will also be a podium microphone. Each speaker should bring their talk on a USB stick to Douglas Densmore before their session (by 7:50am for morning talks and by 1:20pm for afternoon talks). The talks should be in Microsoft Powerpoint. Talks scheduled as 25 minutes should be 20 minutes in length with 5 minutes for Q&A and speaker transitions. Talks scheduled as 15 minutes should be 12 minutes in length with 3 minutes for Q\&A and speaker transitions. Due to the tight time constraints, we'll adhere to this schedule rigorously.

Poster guidelines: Poster boards and thumbtacks will be provided. Each poster should be 30 inches tall and 40 wide.

Organizing Committee


We ask that all the workshop participants take a few minutes to complete the following surveys:

Mailing List

To add yourself to the IWBDA mailing list, please send an email to listserv@lists.umn.edu with a blank subject line, consisting of a single line of text:
(where Joe Nobody is your name).

This is a moderated list: only postings approved by the owners will be distributed. Only material directly related to IWBDA will be sent.


The workshop is supported in part by The Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, by DNA 2.0, and by Invitrogen.

DNA 2.0

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