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[PVS] 22nd Jacob T. Schwartz International School for ScientificResearch -- CALL FOR PARTICIPATION


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22nd Jacob T. Schwartz International School for Scientific Research -- CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Biology and Computer Science: Modelling and Computing

July 10 - July 17, 2010, Lipari Island


Deadline: April 20, 2010

22nd Jacob T. Schwartz International School for Scientific Research addresses PhD students and young researchers who want to get exposed to the forefront of research activity in the field of Modelling and Computing and their applications to biology. The school will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Island of Lipari.
The theme of the school is the cross-fertilization of biology and computer science, shown by means of some examples. On the one hand, it will be shown how methods of computer science can be employed in the analysis of microarray data and in the construction of models of biological phenomena, such as cell behaviour and evolution. On the other hand, models of computing will be presented which are inspired by biology and propose new ways for representing data and elaborating them, with interesting results on the computational complexity. DNA and P systems are the models which will be described.

List of speakers

* Sorin Draghici
A novel systems biology approach for the analysis of signaling pathways
Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mi, USA

* Alberto D'Onofrio
Models of cellular populations
Department of Experimental Oncology, European Institute of Oncology, Milano, Italy

* Sergey Gavrilets
Models of evolution
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Tennessee, Dabney Hall, Knoxville, USA

* Vincenzo Manca
Molecular computing
Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Verona, Italy

* David Harel
Can we Computerize an Elephant? Some Thoughts on Reverse-Engineering Nature
Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Participants will be arranged in a comfortable hotel at very special rates. The conference room is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily reached from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).
Two kinds of participants are welcome. Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon courseworks and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). Auditors: Participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.
Registration fee is 450 Euros (not refundable) all inclusive of: course material, bus + hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, 1 social tour and the social dinner on the beach of Vulcano.
Deadline for application is April 20, 2010. Late registration is 550 Euros (not refundable).

Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae and specify two professors whom letters of recommendation will be asked to, if deemed necessary. Applicants will be notified about admission by April 30, 2010. For late-registrations the Bank transfer fax must be sent before June 30, 2010.
The official language is English.


* Prof. Alfredo Ferro, (University of Catania), Co-Chair
* Prof. Andrea Maggiolo Schettini, (University of Pisa), Co-Chair
* Prof. Roberto Barbuti (University of Pisa), Co-Chair
* Dr. Rosalba Giugno (University of Catania), Co-Chair
* Dr. Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania), Co-Chair

People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Lipari School Organization
Prof. Alfredo Ferro -- Susanna Caramello (Lipari School secretary)
Universita' degli Studi di Catania - Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Citta' Universitaria - Viale A.Doria, 6 - 95125 Catania - ITALY
Tel: +39 095 7383071
Fax: +39 095 330094
E-mail: school@dmi.unict.it - susanna@dmi.unict.it

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