PhyloInformatics Workshop

22 October, 07 08:30 AM - 24 October, 07 12:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Organisers:Prof. Roderic Page, , Prof. Vincent Moulton and Prof. Mike Steel
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This event is being run in conjunction with the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences as part of its Phylogenetics Programme.

As phylogenetics scales up to grapple with the tree of life, new informatics challenges have emerged. Some are essentially algorithmic - the underlying problem of inferring phylogeny is computationally very hard. Large trees not only pose computational problems, but can be hard to visualise and navigate efficiently. Methodological issues abound, such as what is the most efficient way to mine large databases for phylogenetic analysis, and is the "tree of life" the appropriate metaphor given evidence for extensive lateral gene transfer and hybridisation between different branches of the tree. Phylogenies themselves are intrinsically interesting, but their real utility to biologists comes when they are integrated with other data from genomics, geography, stratigraphy, ecology, and development.

This poses informatics challenges, ranging from the more general problem of integrating diverse sources of biological data, to how best to store and query phylogenies. Can we express phylogenetic queries using existing database languages, or is it time for a phylogenetic query language? All these topics can be gathered together under the heading "phyloinformatics". This workshop brings together researchers with backgrounds in biology, computer science, databasing, and mathematics. The aim is to survey the state of the art, present new results, and explore more closely the connections between these topics.

The 3 day workshop will consist of 12 talks from invited experts (50 mins each), plus 3 group discussion sessions (30 mins - 1 hour each). A poster session will be held in the middle of the meeting for investigators who wish to present their results, and there be also be time set aside for additional discussion and interaction.

Invited Speakers

Target Audience

This workshop is targeted at computational biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, evolutionary biologists, statisticians and mathematicians.


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Important Dates

24 Apr - Registration Opens
15 Oct - Registration Deadline
15 Oct - Date we will respond to your application by (Please note this is the latest date we will respond to your application. It is normal policy for us to respond within 5 working days where possible.)
22 Oct - Event Starts at 08:30hrs


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This event is sponsored by eSI in association with the following organisations:
  BBSRC     The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences       
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