Indo US Workshop on Biocomputing ( ISB 2011)

Monday, September 12, 2011 to Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The primary objective of the Indo-US   workshop   on   Biocomputing (ISB-2011) was to bring together domain experts from India and the US to create a bilateral forum, which would provide a platform for engineers, scientists and academicians to exchange views, develop curricula and improve the quality of research in the area of bioinformatics, for the benefit of both countries. The workshop was organized from 12-13 September 2011 at Taj Gateway Hotel at Calicut. This workshop was organized as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of NIT Calicut.

Sr. E.Ahamed, Honourable Minister of state for Human Resources and External Affairs inaugurated the Workshop. Mr.M.K Raghavan, Honourable member of Parliament Calicut and Prof. Sandeep Sanchethi were present during the inauguration.

The Organizing Chairs were Dr. S. D. Madhu Kumar, CSED, NITC, Dr. G. K. Rajanikant (NITC) and Dr. Mathew J. Palakal (Indiana University Perdue University Indianapolis [IUPUI], USA). The workshop was funded by the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF), New Delhi, India and  Department of BioTechnology, Govt. of India and National Science Foundation ((NSF) USA.

Following is the list of speakers of the event.






Dr. Thomas E Ferrin

University of California, San Francisco, USA


Dr. Mona Sing

Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University, USA


Dr. Mathew J Palakal

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA


Dr. Keith Dunker

Indiana University, USA


Dr. Tarynn M Witten

Virginia Commonwealth University, USA


Dr. Lang Li

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI),USA


Dr. Teresa M Przytycka

National Center for Biotechnology Information,  National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, USA


Dr. G P S Raghava

Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh


Dr. Rajanikant G K

National Institute of Technology, Calicut


Dr. Ashish V Tendulkar

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


Dr. Pawan K Dhar

Symbiosis International University, Pune


Dr. Ramesh Hariharan

Strand life Sciences, Bangalore



The participants for the workshop were based on  invitation only  and about eighty delegates from India and USA participated. Delegates from different backgrounds and expertise sat together and discussed about the latest trends and future developments in the area of Biocomputing. The workshop consisted of thirteen expert lectures by eminent researchers both from India and USA on various aspects of Biocomputing.

The workshop also consisted of dedicated breakout sessions, where the participants were broken up into smaller groups, each one consisting of US and Indian experts for the purpose of discussing possible future research collaborations. During this session, the dynamic exchange of information resulted in a fruitful brainstorming activity.

Further, more than fifty scientific posters covering all the major areas of bioinformatics were displayed in the workshop. It was a golden opportunity for young participants (research scholars, post-graduates and undergraduates) from reputed research institutes (Rajiv Gandhi Center For Biotechnology, Central Food Technological Research Institute, National Chemical Laboratory, Indian Institute Of Technology Madras, Bose Institute, Indian Statistical Institute, Institute Of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, NIT Calicut etc to present their work.

Outcome of the Workshop: A centre of excellence for Biocomputing is being   setup at the Dept. of Computer science & Engineering at NIT Calicut, In collaboration with IUPUI USA. The director board of the centre has been formed. A panel of researchers from USA and India have signed up for doing result oriented research in the area of Biocomputing. 

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