CALL FOR PAPERS
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
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
- Recognition, analysis, and organization of DNA sequences
- Biological systems simulations (for metabolic or regulatory
- Prediction of the spatial conformations and interactions of
biological polymers (e.g., proteins, RNA)
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
(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
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 unipr.it
Agostino Dovier, Udine University, Italy.
Email dovier at dimi.uniud.it
Sebastian Will, Freiburg University, Germany.
Email will at informatik.uni-freiburg.de