Methods and Algorithms for Genome Evolution

  • Start Date: 08/24/2013
  • End Date: 08/26/2013

Keynote speakers:
Joe Felsenstein (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
Gene Myers (Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany)
Joseph H. Nadeau (Institute for System Biology, Seattle, USA)
Pavel Pevzner (University of California at San Diego, San Diego, USA)
Ron Shamir (Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel)



Regular speakers:
Victor A. Albert (University of Buffalo, USA)
Marilia Braga (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, Brazil)
Vicky Choi (Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA)
Miklos Csuros (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada)
Jotun Hein (Oxford University, Oxford, UK)
Tao Jiang (University of California at Riverside, Riverside, USA)
John Kececioglu (University of Arizona at Tucson, Tucson, USA)
Eric Lyons (iPlant Collaborative, Tucson, USA)
Aoife McLysaght (University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)
Bernard Moret (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)
Laxmi Parida (IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Yorktown, USA)
[To be confirmed] Marie-France Sagot (INRIA, Lyon, France)
Jens Stoye (Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany)
Sophie Yancopoulos (The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, USA)
Tandy Warnow (University of Texas at Austin, Austin, USA)
Liqing Zhang (Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA)
Binhai Zhu (Montana State University, Bozeman, USA)


Eastern Twps, QC

David Sankoff is known as one of the founding father of molecular bioinformatics and computational biology. As stated by Pavel Pevzner in a recent book, “He (M. Waterman) and David Sankoff are responsible for transforming bioinformatics from a ‘stamp collection’ of ill-defined problems into a rigorous discipline with important biological applications”. Without such transformation “bioinformatics would never be able to attract the top talent in computer science and statistics or the other members of the generation of talented young scientists who are working in the field today”. Among other achievements, David contributed to the early introduction of dynamic programming in computational biology. David has the reputation to ask the right questions, to be visionary, and to have laid the foundations of numerous fields in comparative genomics, such as sequence alignment, RNA folding, phylogenetics, genome rearrangements and genome organization evolution.

David Sankoff published his first paper in 1963, as an undergraduate student at McGill University, and we will celebrate his 50th birthday of research contribution by gathering together a large group of prominent senior and junior researchers from the mathematical, computer science, genomics and life sciences communities working in comparative genomics, phylogenetics and related fields. The goal of this conference will not only be to celebrate and reflect on David’s unique research contribution and on its impact, but also to share the latest developments in comparative genomics and to discuss about the challenges that our community faces and will face in the future to unravel the intricacies of complex biological datasets and questions. 
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Each day will be subdivided into two sessions: a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session will begin with a keynote talk (45 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions), followed by 5 short talks (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions).

The afternoon session will begin with a keynote talk, followed by up to 4 talks and then a poster session. We will leave enough time for discussions, collaborations and special talks dedicated to David Sankoff contribution to the field. There will also be opportunities for junior participants the to present posters. The expected the number of participants is around 50: the organizing committee, 6 keynote speakers, 16-20 regular speakers and around 15 graduate students, postdocs and early career researchers.

Organizers: Cedric Chauve (co-chair), SFU
Nadia El-Mabrouk (co-chair), UMontréal
Eric Tannier (co-chair), Claude Bernard Lyon 1
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Location: Hotel Chateau-Bromont, Eastern Townships, Quebec


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