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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: 1st International Conference on Algorithms for Computational Biology, July 1-3, 2014,Tarragona, SPAIN


Organized by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University


AlCoB aims at promoting and displaying excellent research using string and
graph algorithms and combinatorial optimization to deal with problems in
biological sequence analysis, genome rearrangement, evolutionary trees, and
structure prediction.

The conference will address several of the current challenges in
computational biology by investigating algorithms aimed at: 1) assembling
sequence reads into a complete genome, 2) identifying gene structures in the
genome, 3) recognizing regulatory motifs, 4) aligning nucleotides and
comparing genomes, 5) reconstructing regulatory networks of genes, and 6)
inferring the evolutionary phylogeny of species.

Particular focus will be put on methodology and significant room will be
reserved to young scholars at the beginning of their career.


AlCoB 2014 will take place in Tarragona, located 90 kms. to the south of
Barcelona. The venue will be the Catalunya Campus.


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not
limited to:

Exact sequence analysis
Approximate sequence analysis
Pairwise sequence alignment
Multiple sequence alignment
Sequence assembly
Genome rearrangement
Regulatory motif finding
Phylogeny reconstruction
Phylogeny comparison
Structure prediction
Compressive genomics
Proteomics: molecular pathways, interaction networks ...
Transcriptomics: splicing variants, isoform inference and quantification,
differential analysis 
Next-generation sequencing: population genomics, metagenomics,
metatranscriptomics ...
Microbiome analysis
Systems biology


AlCoB 2014 will consist of:

invited talks
invited tutorials
peer-reviewed contributions


Michael Galperin (National Center for Biotechnology Information, Bethesda),
Comparative Genomics Approaches to Identifying Functionally Related Genes

Uwe Ohler (Max-Delbrck Centre for Molecular Medicine, Berlin), Decoding
Non-coding Regulatory Regions in DNA and RNA (tutorial)

Jason Papin (University of Virginia, Charlottesville), Network Analysis of
Microbial Pathogens


Tatsuya Akutsu (Kyoto, JP)
Amihood Amir (Ramat-Gan, IL)
Alberto Apostolico (Atlanta, US)
Joel Bader (Baltimore, US)
Pierre Baldi (Irvine, US)
Serafim Batzoglou (Stanford, US)
Bonnie Berger (Cambridge, US)
Francis Y.L. Chin (Hong Kong, HK)
Benny Chor (Tel Aviv, IL)
Keith A. Crandall (Washington, US)
Bhaskar DasGupta (Chicago, US)
Joaqun Dopazo (Valencia, ES)
Liliana Florea (Baltimore, US)
Olivier Gascuel (Montpellier, FR)
David Gilbert (Uxbridge, UK)
Gaston H. Gonnet (Zurich, CH)
Roderic Guig (Barcelona, ES)
Dan Gusfield (Davis, US)
Vasant Honavar (University College, US)
Sorin Istrail (Providence, US)
Tao Jiang (Riverside, US)
Inge Jonassen (Bergen, NO)
Anders Krogh (Copenhagen, DK)
Giovanni Manzini (Alessandria, IT)
Carlos Martn-Vide (Tarragona, ES, chair)
Satoru Miyano (Tokyo, JP)
Burkhard Morgenstern (Gttingen, DE)
Shinichi Morishita (Tokyo, JP)
Cdric Notredame (Barcelona, ES)
Graziano Pesole (Bari, IT)
Mark Ragan (Brisbane, AU)
Timothy Ravasi (Thuwal, SA)
Allen G. Rodrigo (Durham, US)
Steven Salzberg (Baltimore, US)
David Sankoff (Ottawa, CA)
Thomas Schiex (Toulouse, FR)
Joo C. Setubal (So Paulo, BR)
Steven Skiena (Stony Brook, US)
Peter F. Stadler (Leipzig, DE)
Wing-Kin Sung (Singapore, SG)
Alfonso Valencia (Madrid, ES)
Jacques van Helden (Marseille, FR)
Arndt von Haeseler (Vienna, AT)
Lusheng Wang (Hong Kong, HK)
Limsoon Wong (Singapore, SG)
Xiaohui Xie (Irvine, US)
Dong Xu (Columbia, US)
Zohar Yakhini (Santa Clara, US)
Alex Zelikovsky (Atlanta, US)
Michael Q. Zhang (Dallas, US)


Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
Carlos Martn-Vide (Tarragona, chair)
Bianca Truthe (Magdeburg)
Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona)


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting
original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced
pages (including eventual appendices) and should be formatted according to
the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see

Submissions have to be uploaded to:



A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS/LNBI series will
be available by the time of the conference.

A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing
peer-reviewed extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the
conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


The period for registration is open from September 21, 2013 to July 1, 2014.
The registration form can be found at:



Paper submission: February 4, 2014 (23:59 CET)
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: March 15, 2014
Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNBI proceedings: March 22, 2014
Early registration: March 29, 2014
Late registration: June 17, 2014
Starting of the conference: July 1, 2014
End of the conference: July 3, 2014
Submission to the post-conference journal special issue: October 3, 2014




AlCoB 2014
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34 977 559543
Fax: +34 977 558386


Departament dEconomia i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya
Universitat Rovira i Virgili