Bioinformatics (BioInf)

Motivation and Objectives

Bioinformatics is a prominent interdisciplinary research area that began with the advances in Molecular Biology, in particular related to the sequencing of several genomes, including the Human Genome Project. Beyond its critical role in the field of Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics nowadays is also an essential component in biomedical and clinical research, particularly in the development of early diagnosis techniques, in the study of complex diseases, in the analysis of the efficacy of drugs, as well as in biotechnology, for instance in strain improvement, or environmental research.

The increasing amount and diversification of data being generated by several high-throughput experimental techniques, the so called omics data, together with the growing complexity of the problems arising in its analysis, has called for novel and scalable methods to tackle the deluge of biomedical information. The development of these methods poses important challenges in fields such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Information Systems, Computer Science, Signal and Image Processing, Statistics, Optimization, Privacy and Security, among several others that are within the confluence of Informatics.

Bioinformatics editions

This session is organized since 2011 (except 2012).

Topics of Interest

The session welcomes submissions of papers in subfields of Bioinformatics related (but not restricted) to the following topics:

  • Mining biological and biomedical data: algorithms & applications
  • Visualization techniques for biological data/networks
  • Inference/verification of regulatory/metabolic/signaling networks
  • Qualitative/Quantitative modeling and simulation of biological data
  • Molecular evolution and phylogenetic analysis
  • Semantic web and ontology-driven data integration methods
  • Protein/RNA structure, molecular docking and drug design
  • High-throughput/omics data analysis: genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics or other omics
  • Biological data management/integration techniques

Track chairs

Miguel RochaU. Minho / CEB
Óscar DiasU. Minho / CEB

Program Committee

Alexandre P. FranciscoIST - U. Lisboa / INESC-ID
Armando PinhoU. Aveiro
Cátia PesquitaFC - U. Lisboa / LASIGE
Claudine ChaouiyaIGC
Francisco CoutoFC - U. Lisboa / LASIGE
Joel P. ArraisU. Coimbra
José Luís OliveiraU. Aveiro
Mário J. SilvaIST - U. Lisboa / INESC-ID
Miguel RochaU. Minho / CEB
Óscar DiasU. Minho / CEB
Pedro FerreiraFC - U. Porto
Rui CamachoFE - U. Porto
Sara MadeiraFC - U. Lisboa / LASIGE
Sérgio MatosU. Aveiro
Susana VingaIDMEC


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