CPSC536A Bioinformatics Mini-Workshop 2002
When? Wednesday, April 17th, 10:00-16:30
Where? Room 288, CICSR/CS Building (CICSR Boardroom)

About the Event

This mini-workshop marks the end of CPSC 536A, a graduate course on bioinformatics at the UBC Computer Science Department. The course covered a wide range of topics in bioinformatics, and as one major component of their course work, students selected and worked on a project in a particular area of bioinformatics. The results from these projects will be presented and discussed at this mini-workshop, which is intended to make this work accessible to a wider audience interested in bioinformatics topics, and to give the students the chance of presenting their work in a format and under conditions which are close to the standards of the scientific community.

The technical talks will have a duration of 30min each, and after each talk there will be a 10-15min discussion period. The closing discussion is intended to involve all participants and will provide the opportunity to discuss general aspects of computational challenges of bioinformatics, weaknesses of present approaches, approaches for future research, etc.

Preliminary Schedule

10:00-10:15 Opening Remarks and Overview
10:15-11:45 Session 1:
Support Vector Machine Classification of Cancer Using Gene Expression Data
(Zhimin Chen)
A Genetic Algorithm for the 2D HP Protein Folding Problem
(Alena Shmygelska, Rosalia Aguirre-Hernandez)
12:00-12:45 Session 2:
Extracting Biologically Relevant Common Motifs from Protein Sequences
(Jack Nansheng Chen, Jack Xiang-Jia Min, Xiaohong Zhao, Jason Xun Zhang)
14:15-15:45 Session 3:
Fast Approaches to Designing RNA Molecules
(Viann W. Chan, Daniel Archambault, Peter Huang, Barry Po)
A New Algorithm for Inverse Folding of RNA
(Mirela Andronescu, Firas Hamze, Frank Hutter, Anthony P. Fejes)
15:45-16:00 Closing Remarks and Discussion

Organisers / Contact Information

Anne Condon and Holger Hoos
University of British Columbia
Department of Computer Science
2366 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada