Call for abstracts: Automated Function Prediction, 2012

Call for abstracts: Automated Function Prediction, 2012

Locale: Long Beach, California USA
Date: July 14, 2012 (Just before ISMB 2012)

Important dates:

April 18, 20112: Deadline for submitting abstracts.

May 9, 2011: Notifications for accepted abstracts e-mailed to
corresponding authors

May 16, 2011: Deadline for presenters to confirm acceptance of
invitation to speak.

July 14, 2011: AFP SIG preceding ISMB 2012

An ISMB Special Interest Group Meeting

Automated Protein Function Prediction

Sequence and structure genomics have generated a wealth of data, but
extracting meaningful information from genomic information is becoming
an increasingly difficult challenge. Both the number and the diversity
of discovered sequences are increasing, while the fraction of genes
whose function is known is decreasing.In addition, there is a need for
annotation which is standardized so that it could be incorporated into
annotation on a large scale. Finally, there is a need to assess the
quality of the function
prediction software which is out there.

For these reasons and many more, automated protein function prediction
is rapidly gaining interest among computational biologists in academia
and industry.

The AFP SIG has been part of ISMB since 2005.
We call upon all researchers involved in gene and protein function
prediction to submit an abstract to the AFP meeting. Authors of select
abstracts will be invited to give a talk and/or present a poster.

This year, AFP is delighted to have Jonathan Eisen from the University of
California, Davis as its keynote speaker. Prof. Eisen is a pioneer in the
field of function prediction.

>From his lab page:

"Dr. Eisen has published more than 200 scientific papers and is a co-author
of a relatively recently published Evolution
Dr. Eisen is also a strong proponent of the Open Access movement in
scientific publishing and is Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS
Dr. Eisen is also an active and award winning science blogger (see his Tree
of Life blog here <>). For recent news
see" <>

For further instructions on how to submit abstracts to AFP 2012, please go

We are looking forward to seeing you in Long Beach, California!

Iddo Friedberg on behalf of the AFP organizing committee

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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