5th International Workshop on Parallelism in Bioinformatics

(PBio 2017)

Helsinki, Finland, 21-23 August, 2017

In Bioinformatics, we can find a variety of problems which are affected by huge processing times and memory/storage consumption, due to the large size of biological data sets and the inherent complexity of biological problems. In fact, Bioinformatics is one of the most exciting research areas in which Parallelism finds application. Successful examples are mpiBLAST, RAxML-HPC or ClustalW-MPI, among many others. In conclusion, Bioinformatics allows and encourages the application of many different parallelism-based technologies. The focus of this workshop is on parallel and distributed computing in bioinformatics, and consequently, we welcome any technique based on: multicore computing, cluster computing, supercomputing, cloud computing, grid computing, green computing, hardware accelerators as GPUs, FPGAs, etc.

The goal of PBio is therefore to bring together researchers in the fields of Parallelism and Bioinformatics, hence establishing a forum for discussing challenges, new ideas, results, applications, and future directions. In conclusion, we seek original, high-quality research papers, clearly focused on the application of Parallelism to any possible Bioinformatics problem.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Parallel and distributed algorithms in Bioinformatics
  2. Workload partitioning strategies in Bioinformatics
  3. Memory-efficient algorithms in Bioinformatics
  4. Parallel tools and applications in Bioinformatics
  5. Data-intensive Bioinformatics (including Big Data storage and processing)
  6. Multicore computing in Bioinformatics
  7. Multithreaded computing in Bioinformatics
  8. Cluster computing in Bioinformatics
  9. Supercomputing in Bioinformatics
  10. Cloud/Grid/P2P computing in Bioinformatics
  11. Volunteer computing in Bioinformatics
  12. Hardware accelerators (GPUs, FPGAs, etc.) in Bioinformatics
  13. Heterogeneous computing in Bioinformatics
  14. Green computing in Bioinformatics
  15. Mobile computing in Bioinformatics
  16. Emerging parallel programming models in Bioinformatics
  17. Parallel performance evaluation, analysis, and optimization in Bioinformatics
  18. Parallel visualization, modelling, simulation, and exploration in Bioinformatics

With regard to the Bioinformatics problems, many different alternatives exist: bioinformatics applied to biomedicine and drug design; biological sequence analysis, comparison and alignment; motif, gene and signal recognition/discovery; molecular evolution; phylogenetics and phylogenomics; determination or prediction of the structure of RNA and protein; DNA twisting and folding; gene expression and gene regulatory networks; deduction of metabolic pathways; microarray design and analysis; proteomics; functional genomics; molecular docking; design of DNA sequences for molecular computing; etc.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline extended to: 10 May, 2017
Paper submission deadline: 15 April, 2017
Internal Reviews to be completed: 1 June, 2017
Author notification: 1 June, 2017
Camera-ready and Registration: 18 June, 2017
Conference dates: 21-23 August, 2017

Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 10 pages (extra pages will be charged), including tables, figures, references and appendixes, in Springer LNCS Format with Portable Document Format (.pdf). Please submit your paper at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pbio2017.

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by PBio's technical program committee. Papers will be selected based on their originality, technical soundness, timeliness, significance, relevance, presentation, and interest to the workshop attendees. Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work. The workshop paper will be involved into the ICA3PP2017 proceedings published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS, EI indexed).

The authors of the best workshop papers, accepted and presented in PBio 2017, will be invited to submit properly extended and improved versions of their papers to special issues in the Journal of Computational Biology (ISSN: 1066-5277, Impact Factor: 1.537, Quartile Q1) and the International Journal of Parallel Programming (ISSN: 0885-7458, Impact Factor: 0.680, Quartile Q3).

Workshop Organizers

PC Members (In alphabetical order)


Please email inquiries concerning PBio2017 to:
Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez, Email: mavega@unex.es