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2006 BioGEC Workshop

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    WORKSHOP ON BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS OF GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTING (BioGEC) http://www.epistasis.org/biogec2006.html To be held as part of the 2006
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      WORKSHOP ON BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS OF GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTING
      (BioGEC)

      http://www.epistasis.org/biogec2006.html

      To be held as part of the

      2006 GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION CONFERENCE (GECCO-2006)

      July 8-12, 2006 (Saturday-Wednesday)

      Renaissance Seattle Hotel
      http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/SEASM
      Seattle, Washington, USA

      Organized by ACM SIG-EVO
      http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2006/

      SUMMARY

      The field of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (GEC) has greatly benefited
      by borrowing ideas from the biological sciences. Recently, it has become clear
      that GEC can help solve biological problems, and thereby irepay its debti.

      The fifth annual workshop on Biological Applications of Genetic and
      Evolutionary Computation (BioGEC), organized in connection with the 2006
      Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2006) in Seattle,
      Washington, USA, is intended to explore and critically evaluate the application
      of GEC to biological problems. Specifically, the goal is to bring biologists
      and computer scientists together to foster an exchange of ideas that will yield
      emergent properties that will move the field forward in unpredictable ways.

      The 2006 BioGEC workshop will span two four-hour sessions. The first session
      will feature a community analysis of a real biological dataset. An important
      feature of this session is that the biologist that generated the data will be
      present to provide feedback on the results. The second session will feature
      poster presentations of new or incomplete work in the BioGEC domain. The goal
      of this session is to provide a forum for receiving critical feedback on ideas
      and research results that might not yet be mature. More details on both
      sessions are provided below in the Request for Papers section.

      REQUEST FOR PAPERS

      Session 1 (4 hours): Community Analysis of a Biological Dataset

      Papers are requested that report results from the analysis of a published human
      scleroderma microarray dataset using genetic algorithms (GA), genetic
      programming (GP), evolutionary computing (EC), grammatical evolution (GE), ant
      colony optimization (ACO), estimation of distribution algorithms (EDA),
      artificial immune systems, or any other biologically-inspired algorithm or
      method. The data were originally published by Whitfield et al. in PNAS
      (100:12319-24, 2003). The PNAS paper is freely available from
      http://www.pubmedcentral.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=218756&blobtype=pdf. The raw
      data and the filtered/normalized data are freely available from
      http://genome-www.stanford.edu/scleroderma/data.shtml.

      The scleroderma question addressed and the biologically-inspired approach used
      is open-ended and up to the authors. However, all papers should include a
      section at the end titled iBiological Inferencei that summarizes the biological
      interpretations and inferences drawn from the analyses. Dr. Whitfield will
      attend the BioGEC workshop to provide feedback about the results and to answer
      questions about the disease endpoints and the data.

      Please send 4-8 page papers (PDF or Word) to Jason H. Moore
      (jason.h.moore@...) and Marylyn D. Ritchie
      (ritchie@...) by March 31, 2006. The format for manuscripts
      submitted to the workshop is that used for ACM SIG proceedings. Paper
      templates can be found at http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html.
      Please see the GECCO-2006 website for additional details.

      Authors of accepted paper will be invited to give oral presentation at the
      Workshop. There are also plans to publish the best papers in an online
      journal.

      Session 2 (4 hours): Critical Feedback Poster Session

      Papers are requested that report new or otherwise preliminary results and
      ideas. Papers presenting new hypotheses without experimental results are
      encouraged. For example, students could present thesis or dissertation ideas.
      Authors of accepted papers will be expected to present a poster at the
      workshop. This will provide a forum for critical feedback from participants.

      Please send 1-3 page papers (PDF or Word) to Jason H. Moore
      (jason.h.moore@...) and Marylyn D. Ritchie
      (ritchie@...) by March 31, 2006. The format for manuscripts
      submitted to the workshop is that used for ACM SIG proceedings. Paper
      templates can be found at http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html.
      Please see the GECCO-2006 website for additional details.

      Important Dates

      March 31, 2006: papers due
      April 5, 2006: acceptance notices
      April 19, 2006: camera ready revisions due
      July 8 or 9, 2006: BioGEC workshop

      WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

      Jason H. Moore, Ph.D.
      Dartmouth College
      http://www.epistasis.org
      jason.h.moore@...

      Marylyn D. Ritchie, Ph.D.
      Vanderbilt University
      http://chgr.mc.vanderbilt.edu
      ritchie@...
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