The Eighth International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) will bring together researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities to discuss concepts, methodologies and software tools for the computational analysis and synthesis of biological systems.
The field of synthetic biology, still in its early stages, has largely been driven by experimental expertise, and much of its success can be attributed 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. Inspired by these challenges, the field has seen a proliferation of efforts to create computer-aided design tools addressing synthetic biology's specific design needs, many drawing on prior expertise from the electronic design automation (EDA) community.
The IWBDA offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion, with the aim of seeding and fostering collaboration between the biological and the design automation research communities.
IWBDA is organized by the non-profit Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC). BDAC is an officially recognized 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
Topics of interest include:
Abstracts should be two pages long and referenced, following the ACM SIG Proceedings templates at www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates. Inclusion of figures is encouraged. Indicate whether you would like your abstract considered for a poster presentation, an oral presentation, or both. Include the full names, affiliations and contact information of all authors. Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format and should not exceed two pages.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Those that are selected for oral and poster presentations will distributed to workshop participants and posted on the workshop website.
Call For Abstracts full pdf
Submit your abstracts here www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iwbda-2016
IWBDA Scholarships are available for students, postdocs, and young researchers. Applications received by April 30, 2016 will be given first consideration. Applications after that date will be handled as funds allow. Please see this PDF for details. This year applications will be accepted via Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/20dEolmbnU
This year IWBDA will be soliciting applications for the 2nd annual Allan Kuchinsky Internation Workshop on Bio-Design Automation Scholarship. Allan was a tremendous supporter of both synthetic biology as well as design automation. His contributions to projects such as Cytoscape and Eugene as well as numerous Agilent efforts was crucial in helping academic and industrial researchers develop state-of-the-art technologies and tools to lay the foundation for this field. This scholarship in some small measure attempts to recognize his tireless efforts by highlighting a student who shares Allan's vision for the field. This scholarship will provide support for one recipient to attend IWBDA (registration, airfare, hotel, and small travel stipend) along with a recognized poster presentation slot. Interested individuals should provide the following: IWBDA abstract, resume/CV, essay, and recommendation letter. For details, including how to apply, please see this PDF.
BDAthlon is a programming contest, in which teams are given a set of programming challenges and then work to solve these challenges as teams. BDAthlon questions will be from the following five areas:
Teams are composed of 2-3 people. Preference is given to graduate students but postdoctoral and undergraduate student members can be permitted. Selected teams will receive a travel stipend, up to $1000 PER TEAM. Registration to IWBDA is also included. The winning team will be awarded a certificate(s) along with a cash prize of $500.
We would like to invite all attendees to submit original work to the ACS Synthetic Biology “IWBDA 2016” Special Issue. ACS Synthetic Biology has the highest editorial standards, offers rapid publication of your research findings and imposes NO author submission, page, color, or cover art charges. We are looking for high quality submissions, for peer-review, as either short Letters or full-length Articles. The submission deadline is September 30, 2016.
If you wish to submit your research to the ACS Synthetic Biology “IWBDA 2016” Special Issue, please see the ACS Synthetic Biology Invitation for instructions on preparing your manuscript.
Dr. Amoolya Singh is a computational biologist and Senior Scientist at Amyris. She leads Amyris R&D's Scientific Computing group, whose work includes innovations in genotype representation and data visualization, building mathematical and statistical models to analyze high-throughput, multivariate genotype and phenotype data; metabolic modeling and design-of-experiments to perturb microbial biochemical pathways and identify bottlenecks therein; and statistical process control to accelerate Amyris' design-build-test-learn cycle.
Amoolya obtained a bachelor's degree with honors at Carnegie Mellon double majoring in Biology and Computer Science; and a Ph.D. in computational biology from UC Berkeley jointly advised by Adam Arkin (Bioengineering) and Richard Karp (Math/CS). Between degrees, she worked as a software engineer at an Internet startup, a multinational wireless telecommunications firm, and a Wall Street investment bank. Prior to joining Amyris, Amoolya completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the European Molecular Biology Lab in Heidelberg, Germany (with Peer Bork) and a Computational & Life Sciences fellowship at Emory University (with Bruce Levin) in the fields of comparative genomics and metagenomics, population genetics, and experimental evolution.
Prof. Natalio Krasnogor is Professor of Computing Science and Synthetic Biology, co-directs Newcastle's Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) research group and is director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy (CSBB). Prof. Krasnogor holds a prestigious EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in Synthetic Biology, is the overall lead in the EPSRC Synthetic Biology ROADBLOCK project involving Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Warwick and Bradford Universities that seeks to develop in silico and in vivo techniques for engineering biofilms. He leads the "Synthetic Portabolomics: Leading The Way at the Crossroads of the Digital and Bio Economies" EPSRC project.
With expertise in Synthetic Biology, Complex Systems and Machine Intelligence, Prof. Krasnogor gave several keynote talks (e.g., IEEE CEC, PPSN, GECCO); has >170 publications (H-index 37), with many of his papers in the top 0.1% and 1% for number of citations in computing science and has published also in top tier journals such as Nature Biotech, Nature Chemistry, and PNAs. He won several best papers prizes as well as Bronze, Silver and Gold awards of the American Computing Society’s (ACM) HUMIES award for human-competitive results that were produced by any form of genetic and evolutionary computation and an ACM’s Impact award. From 2012 to 2014 he was the Science Director of the European Centre for Living Technologies (Italy), was distinguished visiting professor at Ben Gurion University (Israel) in 2009 and Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
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