Special Issue on Constraint based methods for Bioinformatics


Bioinformatics is a challenging and fast growing area of research, which is of utmost importance for our understanding of life. Major contributions to this discipline can provide significant benefits in medicine, agriculture, and industry. To pick out only a few examples, Bioinformatics tackles problems related to: Recently, these problems have been formalized and studied using constraints (often over finite domains or intervals of reals). Biology is a source of extremely interesting and computationally expensive tasks, that can be encoded exploiting the application of recent and more general techniques of constraint programming. As evidence of this trend, various workshops (Constraints and Bioinformatics/Biocomputing at CP97, CP98 and Constraint based methods for Bioinformatics at ICLP2005 and CP2006) witnessed the interest and the importance of research in the topic and moreover presented new developments of constraint technology (see details) We believe that is valuable to gather papers addressing the application of constraints to biological problems. With this special issue, we desire to reflect the state of the art of this field, and thus we seek for papers that report new ideas, advances and results. The submission of papers is opened to anyone who developed ideas and/or obtained results in the bioinformatics area making use of constraint programming.


Researchers are invited to submit original or survey papers to all the editors (addresses below). The editors would appreciate receiving a tentative short abstract (may be partial) at the beginning of January. In the first email, please specify the title, keywords, abstract and the author's email addresses. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged. All final submissions should be in .pdf format, and must adhere to the Constraints Journal guidelines (Note that the usual on-line submission procedure for the Constraints Journal will not be followed initially for the Special Issue).
We expect papers no longer than 25 pages, but this is not a strict constraint. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. All accepted papers will meet the usual high-quality standards of the Constraints Journal


Abstract submission: January 10th, 2007
Submission Deadline: FEBRUARY 14th, 2007 --- CLOSED
Notification of acceptance: MAY, 25th, 2007
Final versions of accepted papers: JULY, 15th, 2007


Alessandro Dal Palù, Parma University, Italy. Email alessandro.dalpalu at
Agostino Dovier, Udine University, Italy. Email dovier at
Sebastian Will, Freiburg University, Germany. Email will at