|CCL 08.10.29 Metaheuristics and Structural Biology at META'08 in Hammamet, Tunisia|
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Date: Mon Apr 28 02:19:41 2008
Subject: 08.10.29 Metaheuristics and Structural Biology at META'08 in Hammamet, Tunisia
Special session on 'Metaheuristics and Structural Biology' organized by Carsten Baldauf (PICB, Shanghai) and Daniel Merkle (University of Southern Denmark, Odense) carsten]_[picb.ac.cn, daniel]_[imada.sdu.dk Almost all predictive methods in structural biology induce difficult optimization problems, protein folding and molecular docking being two very prominent examples. Due to the complex nature of these problems, often having several objectives, being inherently dynamic, and having highly irregular fitness landscapes, metaheuristics are a valuable approach to achieve satisfying solutions in an efficient way. From an industrial point of view the importance of this research area is obvious. In the area of life sciences the approaches satisfy the request for a deeper understanding of the underlying biological processes. From a metaheuristic point of view it is evident that a thorough analysis of the fitness landscapes and a scientifically founded decision for the appropriate metaheuristic variants is necessary to gain such results. Besides the presentation of recent research results, this special session tries to reduce the lack of communication between the communities from computer and life sciences involved in these topics. We encourage researchers from life sciences and computational sciences to consider submitting their recent research results for a successful event, which should also deal as a platform for exchange of knowledge and for discussion. The topics of this session include but are not limited to: RNA and protein folding Structure prediction Molecular docking Drug design and lead optimization Protein-protein docking Exploration and analysis of fitness landscapes Conformational search Parallel implementations Bioinformatics 'Metaheuristics and Structural Biology' is a special session of META'08 in Hammamet, Tunisia. http://www2.lifl.fr/META08/ Please submit your contributions via the conference website: http://www2.lifl.fr/META08/submit.html Questions? Please contact the organizers: carsten]_[picb.ac.cn & daniel]_[imada.sdu.dkNOTE THAT E-MAIL ADDRESSES HAVE BEEN MODIFIED!!!
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