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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

ISCB Student Council elections


Next SC leadership : 2010-2011

Jeroen de Ridder : SC Chair

Venkatakrishnan A.J : SC Vice Chair

Jayne Hehir-Kwa : SC Secretary

Avinash K Shanmugam : RSG Committee Chair

Nils Gehlenborg : SC Representative to ISCB Board of Directors


More here: Student Council

Monday, December 7, 2009

Call for Chapters - Computational & Data Grids: Principles, Designs, and Applications

CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Proposal Submission Deadline: -Extended- December 30, 2009
Computational and Data Grids: Principles, Designs, and Applications
A book edited by Dr.Nikolaos Preve
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

To be published by IGI Global: http://www.igi-global.com/requests/details.asp?ID=748

Introduction
Grid computing is the next generation information technology infrastructure that promises to transform the way organizations and individuals compute, communicate and collaborate. Grid computing is an evolution of distributed computing and it refers to a large-scale high-performance computing which combines distributed heterogeneous computing resources and the result is a unique large virtual supercomputer with a vast amount of shared processing power and data storage. Considering the enormous amount of these underutilized computing resources, the necessity of a grid infrastructure is compulsory. A computational grid provides access to users who want to utilize the shared processing resources in order to efficiently apply high throughput applications on distributed machines. The second most common shared resource used in a grid is data storage and it is known as data grid. This type of grid provides distributed storage capacity such as attached memory to the processor, hard di sk drives or other types of permanent storage. Grid computing can assist grid users in order to utilize to the maximum computing resources by applying tasks and solving a scientific or technical problem that requires a great number of computer processing cycles or the need to process large amounts of data.

Objective of the Book
This book aims to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and will cover the latest empirical research findings in the area of grid computing. The goal of this book is to represent theoretical frameworks, methodologies, implementations, and cutting edge research findings with a critical perspective bridging the gap between academia and the latest achievements of the computer industry. It will be written for professionals, as well as students, who are involved or interested in the study, use, design, and development of grid computing and want to improve and empower their understanding of it. Also, this book aims to help researchers and developers understand the basics of the field, to highlight the various developments over the years in the field by giving an in depth analysis of grid networks.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals, engineers, researchers and students who are interested and working in the field of grid computing. Moreover, the book will provide insights and can serve as both literature at an undergraduate level and as an overview of the area.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
1.Theories, definitions, methodologies, models, applications, simulations, and architectures relevant to grid computing
2.Implementations of computational grids, data grids, sensor and mobile grids
3.Grid data storage, grid databases, data management, and data mining
4.Indexing and query optimization over grid databases
5.Grid middleware
6.Web services
7.Security, cryptography, and cryptanalysis
8.Artificial intelligence
9.Algorithms
10.Scheduling, resource management, and optimization
11.Workflow and fault tolerance
12.Programming in grid computing
13.Cloud computing and grids
14.Grid computing in scientific problems (i.e. astrophysics, bioinformatics, chemistry, economy and finance, electromagnetics, geophysics, meteorology, numerical analysis, statistics)

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 30, 2009, a 1-2 page chapter clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. We also highly encourage early full chapter submissions. Please include the title of the book in the subject line of your e-mail. Authors will be notified by January 15, 2010 about the status of their proposals and will be sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 31, 2010 or earlier.
All submitted chapters must not have been published elsewhere and will undergo a double-blind peer review by at least two referees. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Publisher
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2010.

Important Dates
December 30, 2009: Proposal Submission Deadline
January 15, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
March 31, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
June 15, 2010: Review Results Returned
August 15, 2010: Final Chapter Submission
September 15, 2010: Final Deadline


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Dr.Nikolaos Preve
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National Technical University of Athens, 15773 Zographou, Greece
Tel.: +30 211 770 8053 - GSM: +30 697 750 4197
E-mail: nikpreb@mail.ntua.gr

with cc to:

Editorial Board
E-mail: editorialt@gmail.com
URL: http://www.igi-global.com/requests/details.asp?ID=748

Contact Person: Nikolaos Preve (nikpreb@mail.ntua.gr)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Forensic Bioinformatics Analyses Lead to Suspension of Clinical Trials

In its December issue the Annals of Applied Statistics feature an article on reproducible research in high-throughput biology by Keith A. Baggerly and Kevin R. Coombes of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In their article they describe how they used "Forensic Bioinformatics" to identify an array of problems - in many cases simple errors - in published studies that are the basis of several ongoing clinical trials. These trials have now been suspended, as the findings by Baggerly and Coombes suggest that patients could be harmed.

Stories published on October 2nd, October 9th and October 23rd in The Cancer Letter contain details about the developments.