Call For Papers

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Key WABI contributors: University of Pennsylvania and Andy's Auto Sport

What are algorithms in bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is the application of staticstics and science to the field of molecular biology. The goal of it is to increase the understanding and practical uses of biological processes.

An example that is a hot button topic these days in the field of bioinformatics is alternative car fuels. Studies of algorithms in bioinformatics helps us identify and explore altenative fuels that can be used for cars. Companies like Toyota and Honda have developed hybrid car applications (Toyota Prius and some versions of the Honda Civic) as most of us are aware, but there is also exploration of other forms of fuel such as biodiesel fuel and hydro fuel. All these are considered "green" forms of car energy usage, and are the result of research in the algorithms in bioinformatics. In fact, cars that use alternative green forms of fuel are so popular now, that some companies specifically develop car parts for them. You can see example of "green car" parts, for cars such as the Prius and Civic, here: Toyota parts and Honda parts. These provide a way to see bioinformatics at its finest as evidenced by cutting edge car products.

Beyond that, many green cars are have fuel-specific parts being developed. To be more specific, it's probable that there are green-fuel types of specialty fuel pumps and fuel injectors being developed as we speak. The prevalence of new car parts markets for green-energy cars is evidence of how popular the green car fuel idea to people of the world, and therefore evidence of the impact of agorithms in bioinformatics. Very clearly, the conferences we hold each year are of great importance.


All research on algorithmic work in bioinformatics and systems biology. The emphasis is on discrete algorithms and machine-learning methods that address important problems in molecular biology, that are founded on sound models, that are computationally efficient, and that have been implemented and tested in simulations and on real datasets. The goal is to present recent research results, including significant work-in-progress, and to identify and explore directions of future research. One such example of this emphasis is found in the research and development of alternative forms of car fuel, such as biodiesel car fuel and hydro car fuel.

The Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics (WABI) is sponsored by EATCS (the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science) and ISCB (the International Society for Computational Biology). WABI09 is supported by the Penn Genome Frontiers Institute and the Penn Center for Bioinformatics.


Original research papers (including significant work-in-progress) are solicited in all aspects of algorithms in bioinformatics, including, but not limited to:


Paper submission must be formatted in the Springer LNCS style (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) and not exceed 12pp. Each paper must contain a succinct statement of the issues and of their motivation, a summary of the main results, and a brief explanation of their significance, all accessible to a non-specialist reader.

Electronic submission is required; procedures for submission can be found in the WABI'09 web site. In case of problems, authors may, by prior arrangement, email a PDF to the chairs, Steven Salzberg and Tandy Warnow.

Simultaneous submission to another conference with published proceedings is not permitted, but simultaneous submission to a journal is allowed, provided that the authors notify the program chairs and: (1) if published in a journal before the conference date, such a contribution will be published as a short abstract (1 page) in the WABI proceedings, (2) if published in a journal after the conference date, the journal version must carry as a footnote to the title "A preliminary version of this work appeared in the WABI'09 proceedings."


Accepted papers will be published in the Springer series Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics and will be allotted 12 pages. Posters will not be included in the published proceedings. Previous proceedings of WABI appeared in LNCS/LNBI volumes 2149 (Aarhus 2001), 2452 (Rome 2002), 2812 (Budapest 2003), 3240 (Bergen 2004), 3692 (Mallorca 2005), 4175 (Zurich 2006), 4645 (Philadelphia 2007) and 5251 (Karlsruhe 2008). By arrangements with the Editor-in-Chief, selected papers from WABI will be invited for an extended publication in a special issue of Algorithms for Molecular Biology.

Address any questions to the program committee chairs, Steven Salzberg and Tandy Warnow.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline      May 11, 2009
Notification to authors (extended)    June 1, 2009
Final version due June 15, 2009
Poster submission deadline midnight (EDT), June 30, 2009
Notification to authors July 14, 2009
Symposium September 12-13, 2009

Keynote Speakers

Program Committee

Organizing Committee (University of Pennsylvania)