IWBDA 2017: 9th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

9th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation

Late-breaking abstract deadline June 23, 2017

Registration now open

IWBDA 2017 will be held in Pittsburgh, PA! August 8-11, 2017


The Ninth 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:



Twist Bioscience
ACS Synthetic Biology

Raytheon BBN Technologies

TeselaGen Biotechnology

Information about sponsorship is available here.

Call for Papers

We are now accepting late-breaking abstracts! The submission site will be open through June 23, 2017.

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-2017


Scholarship applicants should wait until after they find out about their scholarship to register

Please note that registration includes the annual dinner on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Please contact us with any registration questions.

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IWBDA Scholarships are available for students, postdocs, and young researchers. Applications are due May 12, 2017. Please see this PDF for details. This year applications will be accepted via Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/XScMAGNiwxJkiRNJ3

Allan Kuchinsky IWBDA Scholarship

This year IWBDA will be soliciting applications for the 3rd 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.

The Allan Kuchinsky scholarship is generously sponsored by Agilent and Cytoscape.
Agilent     Cytoscape

BDAthlon Competition

BDAthlon is a programming contest, in which teams are given a set of programming challenges and then work to solve these challenges as teams. The first BDAthlon was held at IWBDA 2016 in Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The second BDAthlon will be held August 8, 2017.

Teams are composed of 2-3 people. Preference is given to graduate students but postdoctoral and undergraduate student members can be permitted.

ACS Synthetic Biology IWBDA 2017 Special Issue

We would like to invite all attendees to submit original work to the “IWBDA 2017” Special Issue in ACS Synthetic Biology. 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 November 30, 2017.

If you wish to submit your research to the “IWBDA 2017” Special Issue in ACS Synthetic Biology, please see the ACS Synthetic Biology Invitation for instructions on preparing your manuscript.

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Contact us at: iwbda-exec AT lists.bio-design-automation.org

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