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Friday, January 26, 2007

GECCO Paper Deadline is Jan. 31st

The deadline for submitting papers to the Biological Applications track of the 2007 Genetic and Evolutionary Computing Conference (GECCO) is January 31st. I hope you will consider submitting a paper. Here is a description:

Biological Applications:

The scope of this track is any research that applies evolutionary (and related) techniques to solving biological and biomedical problems. All " flavors" of evolutionary techniques consistent with GECCO are included in this scope, including genetic algorithms, genetic programming, estimation of distribution algorithms, evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, ant colony optimization, swarm intelligence, artificial life and hybrid systems with any of these components. Papers that integrate evolutionary methods into bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, biostatistics, computational biology and systems biology, for example, are particularly welcome. Papers that provide experimental validation and/or biological interpretation of computational results are also particularly welcome.

Some specific examples of biological and biomedical issues that papers could address include:

• Data mining in biological or biomedical databases
• Diagnostic or predictive testing in epidemiology and genetics
• Functional diversification through gene duplication and exon shuffling
• Gene expression and regulation, alternative splicing
• Genetic association studies
• Haplotype and linkage disequilibrium analysis
• Image analysis and pattern recognition
• Metabolomics
• Microarray analysis
• Network reconstruction for development, expression, catalysis etc.
• Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis
• Phylogenetic reconstruction and analysis
• Relationships between evolved systems and their environment (e.g. phylogeography)
• Relationships within evolved communities (cooperation, coevolution, symbiosis, etc.)
• Sensitivity of speciation to variations in evolutionary processes
• Sequence alignment and analysis
• Simulation of cells, viruses, organisms and whole ecologies
• Structure prediction for biological molecules (structural biology)
• Systems biology

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