The 13th European Conference on Computational Biology ECCB’14 took place in Strasbourg, from September 7 to 10. Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France. Strasbourg hosts several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.
“ECCB’14 is the key European computational biology event in 2014 gathering scientists working at the intersection of a broad range of disciplines including computer science, mathematics, biology, and medicine. New challenges are emerging today in these fields with the recent advances in low-cost ultra-fast sequencing, bio-imaging and big-data approaches. Databases and software are evolving especially rapidly. Nonetheless, new algorithms are still required to improve computing with massive biological or biomedical data. Indeed, multi-scale integrative analyses are struggling to deal with the enormous complexity of biological systems modelling and the “data deluge” that results from next-generation sequencing technologies.” (Taken from ECCB’14 website)
Participation at ECCB’14 was a prime opportunity to keep pace with cutting-edge research in such exciting topics, and to network with other members of the computational biology community.
ECCB’14 awards have been announced during the event’s closing ceremony held on September 10th.
Best Proceedings Paper
The Best Proceedings Paper award went to Chris J. Oates, Frank Dondelinger, Nora Bayani, James Korkola, Joe W. Gray, and Sach Mukherjee. Causal network inference using biochemical kinetics. [pdf]
Co-authors Frank Dondelinger and Sach Mukherjee are scientists at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, in the Statistics and Machine Learning for Precision Medicine Research Programme.
Honourable Proceedings Papers
In addition to the best paper, the best paper committee selected two very honorable papers:
- Andrea Gobbi, Francesco Iorio, Kevin J. Dawson, David C. Wedge, David Tamborero, Ludmil B. Alexandrov, Nuria Lopez-Bigas, Mathew J. Garnett, Giuseppe Jurman and Julio Saez-Rodriguez.Fast randomisation of large genomic datasets while preserving alteration counts. [pdf]
- Thorsten Will and Volkhard Helms. Identifying transcription factor complexes and their roles. [pdf]
- Sequencing and sequence analysis for genomics
- Gene expression
- Pathways and molecular networks
- Computational systems biology
- Structural bioinformatics
- Evolution and population genomics
- Bioinformatics of health and disease
- Biological knowledge discovery from data, texts and bio-images
- Methods and technologies for computational biology
To learn more about the European Conference on Computational Biology ECCB’14 please visit http://www.eccb14.org/