CPSC 545 Mini-Workshop "Algorithms for Bioinformatics"
When? Tuesday, 16 March, 13:00-17:30
Where? McMillan 256
This mini-workshop marks the end of CPSC 545, 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 25min each, and after each talk there will be a 10min 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

13:00-13:15 Opening Remarks and Overview
13:15-13:50 Invited Talk:
Hardness of RNA Secondary Structure Design
(Rosalia Aguirre-Hernandez, UBC CS Dept / Institute for Applied Mathematics)
14:00-15:10 Session 1:
Comparison of HP and MJ Protein Folding Models on a 3-Dimensional Cubic Lattice
(Bojana Jankovic, Viet Le, Igor Naverniouk, and Timothy Chan)
Improvement of the Projection Motif Finding Algorithm
(Mohammed Alam, Warren Cheung, Juan Estrada, and Jamie King)
15:30-16:40 Session 2:
Linear Time Algorithm for Calculating the Free Energy of the RNA Secondary Structure Including Pseudoknots
(Baharak Rastegari, Shelly Zhao, Mohammad Safari, and Jack Jia)
Collecting and Characterizing RNA Molecules with Known Secondary Structure
(Mario Enriquez, Zsuzsanna Hollander, and Jessica Zheng Zhao)
17:00-17:30 Closing Remarks and Discussion

Organiser / Contact Information

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