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Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology

Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology
ISMB/ECCB 2015 Logo
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Dublin, Ireland (2015)
Years active 21
Previous event ISMB 2014
Next event ISMB/ECCB 2015
Attendance 2,000[1]
Organised by Alex Bateman, Janet Kelso, Des Higgins (2015 chairs)
Member International Society for Computational Biology
Website
/ismbeccb2015.org.iscbwww

Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) is an annual International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). The principal focus of the conference is on the development and application of advanced computational methods for biological problems. The conference has been held every year since 1993 and has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious meetings in these fields, hosting over 2,000 delegates in 2004.[1][2] From the first meeting, ISMB has been held in locations worldwide; since 2007, meetings have been located in Europe and North America in alternating years. Since 2004, European meetings have been held jointly with the European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB).

The main ISMB conference is usually held over three days and consists of presentations, poster sessions and keynote talks. Most presentations are given in multiple parallel tracks; however, keynote talks are presented in a single track and are chosen to reflect outstanding research in bioinformatics. Notable ISMB keynote speakers have included seven Nobel laureates. The recipients of the ISCB Overton Prize and ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award are invited to give keynote talks as part of the programme. The proceedings of the conference are currently published by the journal Bioinformatics.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Early meetings 1.1
    • Formation of ISCB and expansion 1.2
    • Partnership with ECCB 1.3
    • Recent meetings 1.4
  • Format 2
    • Main conference 2.1
    • Satellite events 2.2
  • List of conferences 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

History

A black and white portrait of Lawrence Hunter
Lawrence Hunter, co-chair of the first ISMB conference.

Early meetings

The origins of the ISMB conference lie in a workshop for American researcher Lawrence Hunter, then director of the Machine Learning Project at the United States National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Maryland.[4] A subsequent workshop on the same topic held in 1992, hosted by the NLM and the National Science Foundation, made it clear that a regular international conference for the field was required. Such a conference would be dedicated to molecular biology as a rapidly emerging application of artificial intelligence.[5] Having successfully applied for grants from AAAI, NIH and the Department of Energy Office of Health and Environmental Research, the first ISMB conference was held in July 1993, at the NLM. The conference was chaired by Hunter, David Searls (research associate professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) and Jude Shavlik (assistant professor of computer science at University of Wisconsin–Madison) and attracted over 200 attendees from 13 countries,[4] submitting 69 scientific papers.[3]

The success of the first conference prompted the announcement of a second ISMB conference at the end of the meeting. ISMB 1994 was initially planned to be held in Russ Altman, a research scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine.[3] To emphasise the international aspect of the conference, ISMB 1995 was held at Robinson College, Cambridge. ISMB 1995 also marked a shift in the focus of the conference. ISCB Board member and Director of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute Alfonso Valencia has stated that, in 1995, "the conference changed from a computer science-based conference to a point where everyone realized that, if you want to make progress, there has to be more focus in biology."[3]

Formation of ISCB and expansion

ISMB 1997 was held in

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  15. ^ "Tutorials". ISMB/ECCB 2013.  
  16. ^ "SIGs & Satellite Meetings". ISMB/ECCB 2013.  
  17. ^ "BOSC - Open Bioinformatics Foundation". http://www.open-bio.org.  
  18. ^ "Previous meetings - Bio-ontologies 2013". Bio-Ontologies 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "3DSIG 2013 - Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics, Berlin 2013". 3DSIG 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "CAMDA 2013 Conference - CAMDA 2013". CAMDA 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
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  22. ^ "Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. ISMB--94". Proceedings / ... International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology ; ISMB. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology 2: 1–384. 1994.  
  23. ^ "Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. ISMB--95". Proceedings / ... International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology ; ISMB. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology 3: i–xii, 1–415. 1995.  
  24. ^ "Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. ISMB-96". Proceedings / ... International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology ; ISMB. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology 4: 1–262. 1996.  
  25. ^ "Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. Halkidiki, Greece, June 21-26, 1997". Proceedings / ... International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology ; ISMB. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology 5: 1–371. 1997.  
  26. ^ "Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 28-July 1, 1998". Proceedings / ... International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology ; ISMB. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology 6: 1–223. 1998.  
  27. ^ "ISMB '99. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. Heidelberg, Germany, August 6-10, 1999". Proceedings / ... International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology ; ISMB. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology: 1–307. 1999.  
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  30. ^ "Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology". Bioinformatics 18 (suppl 1): S1–S363. July 2002. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  31. ^ "Eleventh International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, Brisbane, Australia June 29 - July 3, 2003". Bioinformatics 19 (suppl 1): i1–i349. 3 July 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  32. ^ "Proceedings Twelfth International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/Third European Conference on Computational Biology 2004 Glasgow, UK July 31-August 4, 2004". Bioinformatics 20 (Suppl 1): i1–i395. 4 Aug 2004. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  33. ^ "ISMB 2005 Proceedings. Thirteenth International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, Detroit 25-29 June 2005". Bioinformatics 21 (Suppl 1): i1–i510. 2005. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  34. ^ "ISMB 2006 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, AUGUST 6-10, FORTALEZA, BRAZIL". Bioinformatics 22 (14): e1–e568. 15 July 2006. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
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  36. ^ "ISMB 2008 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS 19-23 JULY 2008, TORONTO". Bioinformatics 24 (13): i1–i423. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  37. ^ "ISMB/ECCB 2009 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS JUNE 27 TO JULY 2, 2009, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN". Bioinformatics 25 (12): i1–i384. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  38. ^ "ISMB 2010 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS JULY 11 TO JULY 13, 2010, BOSTON, MA, USA". Bioinformatics 26 (12): i1–i408. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  39. ^ "ISMB/ECCB 2011 PROCEEDINGS PAPERS COMMITTEE JULY 17 TO JULY 19, 2011, VIENNA, AUSTRIA". Bioinformatics 27 (13): i1–i411. 1 July 2011.  
  40. ^ "ISMB 2012 PROCEEDINGS PAPERS COMMITTEE JULY 15 TO JULY 19, 2012, LONG BEACH, CA, USA". Bioinformatics 28 (12): i1–i301. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
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References

See also

Conference Location Venue Notes
ISMB 1993[21] Bethesda, USA United States National Library of Medicine
ISMB 1994[22] Stanford, USA Stanford University
ISMB 1995[23] Cambridge, UK Robinson College, Cambridge
ISMB 1996[24] St. Louis, USA Washington University in St. Louis
ISMB 1997[25] Halkidiki, Greece Sithonia Beach Hotel, Porto Carras
ISMB 1998[26] Montreal, Canada Radisson Hotel des Gouverneurs
ISMB 1999[27] Heidelberg, Germany Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg
ISMB 2000[28] San Diego, USA University of California, San Diego
ISMB 2001[29] Copenhagen, Denmark Tivoli Gardens (Concert Hall)
ISMB 2002[30] Edmonton, Canada Shaw Conference Centre
ISMB 2003[31] Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
ISMB/ECCB 2004[32] Glasgow, UK Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre First joint meeting with ECCB.
ISMB 2005[33] Detroit, USA Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
ISMB 2006[34] Fortaleza, Brazil Fortaleza Convention Center
ISMB/ECCB 2007[35] Vienna, Austria Vienna International Centre
ISMB 2008[36] Toronto, Canada Toronto Convention Centre
ISMB/ECCB 2009[37] Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm International Fairs
ISMB 2010[38] Boston, USA John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
ISMB/ECCB 2011[39] Vienna, Austria Vienna International Centre 10th ECCB meeting.
ISMB 2012[40] Long Beach, USA Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center 20th ISMB meeting.
ISMB/ECCB 2013[41] Berlin, Germany Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin
ISMB 2014[42] Boston, USA John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
ISMB/ECCB 2015 Dublin, Republic of Ireland Convention Centre Dublin
ISMB 2016[43] Orlando, USA
ISMB/ECCB 2017[43] Prague, Czech Republic
ISMB 2018[43] Chicago, USA
A view of the Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin
ISMB/ECCB 2013 was held at the Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin.

The entrance to the United States National Library of Medicine
The first ISMB conference was held at the United States National Library of Medicine, Bethesda.

List of conferences

As attendance at ISMB grew in the late 1990s, several satellite meetings and special interest group (SIG) meetings formed alongside the main conference. SIG meetings are held over one or two days before the main conference and focus on a specific topic, allowing more detailed discussion than there would be time for in the main conference.[16] Notable SIG meetings include the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC), which has been held annually since 2000[17] and Bio-Ontologies, which has been held annually since 2001.[18] Satellite meetings are usually two days long and are held in conjunction with ISMB. The 12th CAMDA conference and the 9th 3DSIG meeting were held as satellite meetings of ISMB/ECCB 2013.[19][20]

Pre-conference tutorials have played an important role in ISMB since the first conference.[2] Tutorials at ISMB 1994 included introductions to genetic algorithms, neural networks, AI for molecular biologists and molecular biology for computer scientists.[4] Tutorials on computational mass spectrometry-based proteomics and ENCODE data access were presented at ISMB/ECCB 2013.[15]

Satellite events

As of 2012, ISMB runs on a budget in excess of $1.5M and, in terms of proceeds, brings in four times that of the other ISCB conferences (ISCB-Latin America, ISCB-Africa, ISCB-Asia, Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference, CSHALS and the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference) combined.[1] Standard registration fees (as of 2013) are around $1,000 for academics who are ISCB members ($1,350 for non-members), with lower rates for students and higher rates for corporate delegates respectively. Discounts are provided for early registration.[14]

Keynote talks are presented in a single track and generally attract the largest audience.[2] These presentations are chosen to highlight outstanding research in the field of bioinformatics. Notable ISMB keynote speakers have included seven Nobel laureates: Richard J. Roberts (1994, 2006), John Sulston (1995), Manfred Eigen (1999), Gerald Edelman (2000), Sydney Brenner (2003), Kurt Wüthrich (2006) and Robert Huber (2006).[5][13]

Gunnar von Heijne
ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award winner Gunnar von Heijne giving his keynote talk at ISMB 2012.

[3] As the number of submitted proceedings papers has increased, the acceptance rate has decreased dramatically, from 75% in 1994 to 13% in 2012.[3] ISMB proceedings from 1993-2000 were published by AAAI Press. Since ISMB 2001, proceedings have been published in the journal Bioinformatics.[11][12] The number of posters presented at ISMB has also increased dramatically. 25 posters were presented at ISMB 1994;[4] at recent ISMB meetings, 500-1,000 posters have been presented in multiple poster sessions.[1]

The main ISMB conference is usually held over three days and consists of presentations, poster sessions and keynote talks.[1]

Main conference

Format

ISMB celebrated its 20th meeting with ISMB 2012, held in Long Beach, California. This event attracted around 1,600 delegates,[1] submitting 268 scientific papers.[3] Richard H. Lathrop and Lawrence Hunter presented a special keynote presentation, looking back at previous ISMB meetings and attempting to predict where the field of bioinformatics may head in the future.[9] ISMB/ECCB 2013 was held in Berlin, Germany and was attended by around 2,000 delegates, submitting 233 scientific papers.[10]

[1] (which hosted ISMB 2010 and 2014) is predicted to become a 'safe' site which ISMB can periodically return to.Boston Vienna became the first city to host ISMB twice with ISMB/ECCB 2011. This 'return visit' was an experiment intended to reduce the increasing effort required to find suitable conference venues. Although the return to Vienna was only deemed partially successful due to price increases, [1] By the end of 2006, ISCB was in financial difficulty. Two conferences (ISMB 2003, in

Recent meetings

In 2004, ISMB was jointly held with the European Conference on Computational Biology for the first time. The conference was also co-located with the Genes, Proteins and Computers conference. This meeting, held in Glasgow, UK, was the largest bioinformatics conference ever held,[6] attended by 2,136 delegates, submitting 496 scientific papers.[7] Alfonso Valencia considers ISMB/ECCB 2004 to be an important milestone in the history of ISMB: "it was the first one where the balance between Europe and the States became an important part of the conference. It was here that we established the rules and the ways and the spirit of collaboration between the Americans and the Europeans."[3] The success of the joint conference paved the way for future European ISMB meetings to be held jointly with ECCB.[3]

The entrance to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
The first joint conference with ECCB was held in 2004 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Partnership with ECCB

[1] This meeting was also the last time ISMB would be held at a university, due to size limitations.[3] submitting 141 scientific papers.[1]) was attended by over 1,000 delegates,University of California, San Diego The period following the formation of ISCB also marked an expansion in the number of ISMB attendees: ISMB 2000 (held at the [2]

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