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OSB 2008


Theme and Scope

The 2nd International Symposium on Optimization and Systems Biology (OSB 2008), organized by Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai University and University of Tokyo will be held in Lijiang, China from October 31 to November 3, 2008. The symposium is sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

Systems Biology and Bioinformatics have become intensive research topics in the recent past decade and attracted great many leading scientists working in Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. Optimization, Statistics, and many other mathematical methods have been widely used in the field. Following the successful OSB 2007, the purposes of OSB 2008 is to extend the international forum for scientists, researchers, educators, and practitioners to exchange ideas and approaches, to present research findings and state-of-the-art solutions in this interdisciplinary field, including optimization methods and its applications in biosciences and researches on various aspects of Systems Biology, such as integration of genome-wide microarray, proteomic, and metabolomic data, inference and comparison of biological networks, and model testing through design of experiments.

Themes of the OSB 2008 will be interdisciplinary by its nature and focus on bridging opportunities between Optimization and Systems Biology studies. We are particularly interested in submissions that report on theoretical, experimental and applied research motivated by systems biology problems. Theoretical and applied papers are expected to show convincingly the usefulness and efficiency of optimization algorithms discussed in a practical setting. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

  • Optimization Theory & Applications
  • Approximation Algorithms
  • Combinatorics
  • Neural Networks
  • Data Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • High Performance Computing
  • Information Theory and Statistical Analysis
  • Gene Regulatory Network
  • Protein Interaction Network
  • Protein Structures and Functions
  • Comparative Genomics
  • Microbial Community Analysis
  • Quantitative Models of Cellular & Multi-Cellular Systems
  • Designing and Modeling Synthetic Biological Systems
  • Nonlinear Dynamics and Analysis of Biological Systems

Program Committee

Kazuyuki Aihara University of Tokyo and ERATO, JST, Japan (Co-Chairs)
Luonan Chen Shanghai University, China (Co-Chairs)
Xiang-Sun Zhang Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Co-Chairs)
Tatsuya Akutsu Kyoto University, Japan
William R. Atchley North Carolina State University, USA
Xiuli Chao North Carolina State University, USA
Runsheng Chen Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Kwang-Hyun Cho Seoul National University, Korea
Ali Cinar Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Naiyang Deng China Agricultural University, China
Andreas Dress CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, China
Ding-Zhu Du University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Shu-Cherng Fang North Carolina State University, USA
Susumu Goto Kyoto University, Japan
De-Shuang Huang Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Jenn-Kang Hwang National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Christopher Lee University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Doheon Lee Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Guojun Li Shandong University, China
Jie Liang University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Haiyan Liu University of Science and Technology of China, China
Jun Liu Harvard University, USA
Zengrong Liu Shanghai University, China
Hiroshi Mamitsuka Kyoto University, Japan
Kenji Mizuguchi National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Japan
Haruki Nakamura Osaka University, Japan
Yi Pan Georgia State University, USA
Yonghong Peng University of Bradford, UK
Stephen Wong Harvard Medical School, USA
Jiarui Wu Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Yu Xia Boston University, USA
Dong Xu University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Yaoqi Zhou Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Proceeding Papers and Contributing Authors

In Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Optimization and Systems Biology (OSB 2008), the papers are indexed by ISTP (Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings).

Fifty full papers in this volume cover wide range of optimization and systems biology. Authors of these papers come from United States, China mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Poland. Many active researchers in various areas contributed their overview and introduction in their fields besides specific deep research achievements. During the symposium, focusing sessions are organized such as in optimization, systems biology, bioinformatics, feature selection and extraction, networks in cellular systems, dynamic of molecular networks, support vector machine, computational models and algorithms.

OSB 2008 is held in Lijiang, the most famous old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture. We hope all the participants will enjoy very much not only the academic exchange, but also the beautiful trip of Lijiang.

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