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Symposium on "Accelerating Biology" during December 14-16, 2010


Know Us | Bioinformatics@C-DAC | Background | Scientific Programme
Confirmed Speakers as of Date | Call for Posters
Symposium Venue
| Registration | Last Date for Registration

Know Us

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) with its genesis in the year 1988 as a national initiative of the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MC&IT), Government of India, embodies the spirit of indigenous high-end research and development for state-of-the-art technologies and solutions. As a scientific society, C-DAC has been continuously engaged for over two decades, towards the design, development and deployment of electronics and advanced Information Technology (IT) products and solutions for the benefit of the society. C-DAC’s thrust in meeting the national agenda has manifest itself in the execution of several key projects, leading to the creation of a strong brand equity for its inherent expertise and capabilities, in the global context. Presently, this expertise extends to High Performance Computing (HPC) fuelling various scientific, engineering and business applications. Fostering an environment of innovation and dealing with cutting edge technologies, C-DAC's PARAM series of supercomputers, the latest being the 54 TF PARAM-Yuva, have been used to address these diverse applications at various national and international institutions. The implementation of the Garuda Grid has seen the optimal usage of HPC resources spread across the nation in a congregated manner accelerating scientific research. In-house developed hardware components in the form of Reconfigurable Computing System (RCS) cards specific for particular scientific applications have accelerated them many fold. Over the years the Bioinformatics group as a part of the Scientific and Engineering Computing Group of C-DAC, has developed into an active centre of bioinformatics research, applying HPC to accelerate biological research towards the betterment of human life.

Bioinformatics@C-DAC

Activities of the Bioinformatics Group @C-DAC are aimed towards acquiring in-depth knowledge and understanding the various strata of bio-complexity and hence include an entire spectrum of data analyses and essential research consumables. Various in-house research activities are being carried out which include genome sequence assembly, microarray data analysis, structure-based drug discovery, protein folding and various molecular dynamics simulation using advanced MD techniques like REMD and CGMD.

One of the major projects successfully completed by the group is the setting up of the Bioinformatics Resources & Applications Facility (BRAF), funded by the Department of Information Technology, Government of India. Equipped with a dedicated 1 teraflop supercomputing machine "Biogene", BRAF offers various sequence analysis and molecular modelling codes in an effort towards providing high-end supercomputing facility to the researchers working in the area of bioinformatics.

The team leverages its core strengths and intellectual property from advanced research in the areas of Computational Biology and development of various cutting edge tools to accelerate biological research, the latest being the development of “Anvaya”, a workflows environment for high-throughput genome analysis. Anvaya consists of several bioinformatics software loosely tied together in a coordinated system to execute a set of analyses tools in a series or in a parallel environment. Apart from this, the group has also made major contributions in High Performance Computing including Grid Computing, and has developed an in-house repertoire of bioinformatics software for the pharmaceutical and research industry, like GenomeGrid, iMolDock, GENOPIPE and GIPSY to name a few.

The group has active collaborations with a number of eminent research organizations and industries, national as well as across the globe such as Institute for Animal Health (UK), University of Surrey (UK), Oregon Health & Science University (USA), Sanger Institute (UK), National Centre for Cell Science (Pune), University of Pune (Pune), IIT Madras (Chennai), Piramal Life Sciences (Mumbai) and Jubilant BioSys (Bangalore).

 

Background

In the past few decades, advances in eco-genomics and a myriad of comparative genomics projects have made it possible to gain increasing insight into the nature of genetic diversity amongst various organisms. The ongoing “1000 Genomes Project” is aimed to revolutionize the medical world by introducing an exhaustive public catalogue of human genetic variations, which will provide a new dimension to pharmaceutical research and the practice of medicine in a significant way leading to the concept of personalized medicine. This has led to an unprecedented increase in the use of Information Technology to manage the huge amount of biological data available at our disposal and analyse them in real time. Advances in the field of Computational Biology in conjunction with the deployment of High Performance Computing (HPC) in the form of Grid and Cloud Computing have helped to accelerate biological research by many folds.

Next Generation Sequencing technology has not only revolutionized sequencing based solution but has also thrown new challenges which involve development of new algorithms for assembly, SNP identification, structural variant detection and efficient handling of peta-bytes of data. It has provided an entire new dimension of research and diagnostic capabilities by handling multiple genomes at a time in the form of Metagenomics. Today, advanced simulation techniques along with HPC have made it possible to vividly describe complex biological processes like molecular motions of proteins and their interaction within a cellular environment, conduction of ions through ion-channels, structural movements of an entire virion and even the functioning of the ribosome, which are hard to fathom with present day experimental setups.

The future looks propitious with increasing analytical techniques for high throughput data, plus rapidly developing theories behind pathways and protein interactions/networks which may culminate into large-scale in silico models to depict a living cell or an entire living organism. And this encourages one to contemplate futuristic ideas like virtual screening and simulation of virtual human being, furthering our understanding of life as it is.

Scientific Programme

The technical sessions will comprise of invited talks from eminent academicians from esteemed national institutions like IBAB (Bangalore), IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, JNU (Delhi) and University of Madras to name a few. The talks will address the challenges in the areas of genome analysis, comparative genomics, molecular modelling and algorithm development, along with demos and presentations of Bioinformatics resources, facilities and solutions developed at C-DAC. The symposium is targeted at students and researchers from academic institutes, universities and Bioinformatics industries.

 

Confirmed Speakers as of Date

  • Prof. Alok Bhattacharya (JNU New Delhi)
  • Prof. Yathindra (IBAB, Bangalore)
  • Prof. B.Jayaram (IIT, Delhi)
  • Dr. D.Velmurugan (University of Madras, Chennai)
  • Dr. N.Gautham, (University of Madras, Chennai)
  • Prof. S.Durani (IIT Bombay)
  • Prof. Rahul Siddharthan (The Institute of Mathematical Science, Chennai)
  • Dr. K.V.Venkatesh (IIT Bombay)
  • Dr. Evans Coutinho (Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai)
  • Dr. Prakash B.Reddy (Ventri Biologicals, Pune)
  • Prof. Rajani Joshi (IIT Bombay)
  • Prof. Ram Ramswamy (JNU, New Delhi)
  • Prof. Indira Ghosh (JNU, New Delhi)
  • Dr. Chandrika Rao (Piramal Life Sciences, Mumbai)
  • Dr. Sharmila Mande (TCS, Hyderabad)


Call for Posters

All registered participants are encouraged to make a poster presentation of their recent research activities and submit an abstract at "http://www.cdac.in/accelerating_biology", not exceeding 250 words. Last day for abstract submission is October 31, 2010. The authors of selected abstracts will be intimated through email for poster presentation by November 15, 2010.

 

Smposium Venue

The symposium and accommodation have been arranged at VITS Hotel, Pune (Adjacent to Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Pune Bangalore Highway, Balewadi, Pune – 411045; Tel.: 91-20-66177400 / 6 / 61517555).

venue

For further details, you can visit http://www.vitshotelpune.com

 

Registration

 
Students
Academic Institutes/
Government Organizations
Industry
Only Symposium
Rs. 1500/-
Rs. 2500/-
Rs. 4000/-
Symposium with Accommodation
Rs. 4500/-
Rs. 5500/-
Rs. 7000/-

The registration fee includes symposium kit, breakfast, tea / coffee during breaks, lunches and dinners. Shared accommodation will be made available to limited participants on request at an additional charge of   Rs. 3000/- per person for 4 days / 3 nights (13 – 16 December 2010) only, on a first come first serve basis at VITS Hotel, Pune. The accommodation charges include food. Hotel check-in is on 13th December 2010 at 12 noon onwards and check-out is on 16th December 2010 before 12 noon. The symposium will start on 14th December 2010 at 9 am and will conclude on 16th December 2010 by 1 pm. Please submit a single combined demand draft (DD) for registration and accommodation. Accommodation will not be available after 12 noon on 16th December 2010.

Registration Closed

Last Date for Registration

Applications in the prescribed registration form along with the applicable registration fees and accommodation charges in the form of a DD should reach the below mentioned address not later than October 31, 2010. Registration would be confirmed after receiving the DD of required amount. Registrations once confirmed, are non transferable and non refundable (including accommodation charges).

 

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)
Bioinformatics Team, SECG

Convener: Dr. Rajendra Joshi
Kind Attn.: Ms. Sayali Gongle
Pune University Campus, Ganesh Khind,
Pune - 411 007, India.
Tel/ Fax: +91-20-25694084
Email: bio@cdac.in