The workshop intends to bring together bioscientists and computer scientists and to compare their approaches and their ideas for solving computational biology open problems. In particular, we expect the participation of those who are developing novel bioinformatics tools and those who are working towards the vision of biological systems as a model for designing new tools.

The workshop will also aim to inspire future collaboration between the different communities, to strengthen the relationships within the bioinformatics community, to activate a cooperation between bioscientists and computer scientists, to collect the latest ideas, achievements and proposals in computational models and metaphors from biology.

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Topics to be covered will include,but not limited to, the following list:

From Biologists Open problems in:

  • Molecular evolution and theoretical biology
  • Gene regulation and expression
  • Functional genomics
  • Comparative genomics
  • Protein structure and interaction
  • Gene and enzyme networks
  • Metabolic pathways and responses
  • Genetic and ecological systems
  • Pharmacogenomics and Toxicogenomics

From Bioinformaticians Novel techniques and computational tools in:
  • Bio-information processing systems
  • Data Integration
  • Ontology and Knowledge management
  • Protein interaction pathways and responses
  • Protein structure and modelling
  • Gene networks
  • Genomics and comparative genomics
  • Functional genomics
  • Microarrays and gene expression patterns
  • Sequence analysis
  • Motif finding

From Computer Scientists Promising models and metaphors in:
  • Bioware languages and models
  • Data management methods and systems
  • Biologically inspired systems
  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Machine learning
  • Genetic computation
  • DNA computing
  • Computation in neural systems
  • Neural hardware
  • Autonomous and evolutionary robotic
  • Cellular automata
  • Self-organizing, self-repairing and self- replicating systems
  • Data mining in bioscience literature
  • Concurrent languages for biology
  • New technologies and methods



NETTAB04 welcomes original contributions, containing new and unpublished results, on both theoretical and practical issues of computational paradigms and novel tools inspired or applied particularly to biological systems. Submitted papers should normally have at most 12 pages using the Springer LNCS style.

Templates (llncs.cls, llncs.sty, or are available under the "Downloads" heading at:,10735,5-164-2-72376-0,00.html

Ms-Word users and Mac-world download the template here.

Posters sessions will be organized as opportunity to exhibit late-breaking results and to discuss these results with conference participants in an informal setting. Abstracts for posters should consist of a 1-2 page summary of the work to be presented.



All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Furthermore, the best papers will be published in a special issue of Springer-Verlag "Transaction on Computational Systems Biology".



Paper submission (full paper): Date : June 29, 2004

Notifications of acceptance to authors: August 1, 2004

Final version of accepted papers: August 10, 2004

Poster submission: June 30, 2004

Workshop: September 5-7, 2004



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