Special Session on

Advances in High-Performance Bioinformatics, Systems and Synthetic Biology (HPC4BSSB)

The computational approach to biology is dealing with an enormous availability of data and an extreme complexity in the modelling and analysis of life systems. Both these issues make the scaling-up promise of High Performance Computing extremely appealing. Currently, the possibility of parallelising algorithms and analysis techniques exploiting the various HPC emerging frameworks is receiving a lot of interest. Examples include the porting of legacy applications to clusters, e.g. those for genome analysis, and the use of distributed technologies, cloud computing, on-chip supercomputing, GPGPUs, and massively parallel architectures for the treatment of high-throughput data-sets (e.g. Xeon Phi implementations). Arguably, HPC will turn out to be an unifying aspect of the future integration of Bioinformatics, Systems and Synthetic Biology.

The aim of this special session is to present the latest efforts in HP Computational Biology and to foster the integration of researchers interested in HPC and Computational Biology.

Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to, HPC experiences in:
  • Algorithms for genomics and proteomics
  • DNA assembly and mapping
  • Bio-Molecular sequence analysis
  • Gene identification and annotation
  • SNP analysis and classification
  • Differential gene expression analysis and clustering techniques
  • Phylogeny reconstruction algorithms
  • Biological databases for big data management
  • Modelling and simulation of biological systems
  • Automated verification in Computational Biology
  • Virtual labs and experiments
  • HPC-based approaches in Synthetic Biology
  • DNA-based biological circuits simulations
  • Modelling of structural protein properties
  • Parallel architectures for Computational Biology
  • System infrastructure for high throughput analysis

Important dates

Paper submission: 8th Sep 2013 (extended!)
Acceptance notification: 7th Oct 2013 21st Oct 2013
Camera ready due: 31st Oct 2013 21st Nov 2013
Conference: 12th - 14th Feb 2014


  • Ivan Merelli, CNR-ITB, Italy
  • Marco Beccuti, University of Turin, Italy
  • Andrea Bracciali, University of Stirling, UK

Programme Committee:

  • Luca Bortolussi, University of Trieste, IT
  • Andrea Clematis, CNR-IMATI, IT
  • Daniele D'Agostino, CNR-IMATI, IT
  • Antonella Galizia, CNR-IMATI, IT
  • Sandra Gesing, University of Tuebingen, D
  • David Gilbert, Brunel University, UK
  • Monika Heiner, Brandenburg University at Cottbus, D
  • Alberto Policriti, University of Udine, IT
  • Luciano Milanesi, CNR-ITB, IT
  • Steffen Möller, Institut für Neuro und Bioinformatik, D
  • Gethin Norman, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Horacio Pérez-Sánchez, University of Murcia, E


Submission guidelines

Prospective authors should submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages in the IEEE Conference proceedings format (IEEEtran, double-column, 10pt). Double-bind review: the first page of the paper should contain only the title and abstract; in the reference list, references to the authors' own work should appear as "omitted for blind review" entries. Manuscript submission


Proceedings will be published by the Conference Publishing Services (CPS) in the same volume of the main track. Authors of accepted papers are expected to register and present their papers at the Conference. Conference proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in Xplore and the CSDL, and for indexing, among others, to DBLP, Scopus ScienceDirect, and ISI Web of Knowledge.


Dr. Ivan Merelli
Istitute for Biomedical Technologies
CNR - Italy
E-mail: ivan.merelli@itb.cnr.it
Tel: +39 02 26422600
Fax: +39 02 26422770
Dr. Marco Beccuti
Dept. of Computer Science
Università degli Studi di Torino
E-mail: beccuti@di.unito.it
Tel: +39 011 6706780
Fax: +39 011 751603
Dr. Andrea Bracciali
Dept. of Computing Science and Mathematics
University of Stirling
E-mail: abb@cs.stir.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1786 467446
Fax: +44 (0)1786 464551

Previous editions

Supporting projects

Bionformatics CNR

The aim of the CNR-Bioinformatics project is to establish a network of specific skills within CNR departments able to adequately respond to bioinformatics needs generated by CNR's projects. This project will support the development of new approaches to analysis and management of genomic and proteomic data in biomedical, biotechnological, agro-industrial molecular design fields. This project aims to conduct coordinated research activities, aid technological transfer and to run training programmes, all of which will contribute to the development of new and advanced bioinformatics tools that will be made available to the entire national and international scientific community.

Bioinformatics interomics

The flagship project InterOmics aims at the development of a platform for "omics" sciences, including genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.