[BiO BB] Fwd: Automated Function Prediction SIG: Call for Abstracts

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at gmail.com
Wed Feb 23 15:40:27 EST 2011

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Locale Vienna, Austria
Dates: July 15-16, 2011
URL: http://biofunctionprediction.org

Important dates:

April 18, 2011: Deadline for submitting extended abstracts.

May 9, 2011: Notifications for accepted abstracts e-mailed to
corresponding authors

May 16, 2011: Deadline for presenters to confirm acceptance of
invitation to speak.

July 15-16, 2011: AFP SIG alongside ISMB 2011

An ISMB Special Interest Group Meeting

Automated Protein Function Prediction featuring CAFA: Critical
Assessment of Function Annotations

Sequence and structure genomics have generated a wealth of data, but
extracting meaningful information from genomic information is becoming
an increasingly difficult challenge. Both the number and the diversity
of discovered sequences are increasing, while the fraction of genes
whose function is known is decreasing.In addition, there is a need for
which is standardized so that it could be incorporated into function
annotation on a large scale.
Finally, there is a need to assess the quality of the function
prediction software which is out there.

For  these reasons and many more, automated protein function prediction
is rapidly gaining interest among computational biologists in academia
and industry.

The AFP SIG has been part of ISMB since 2005. This year the AFP SIG will
feature CAFA: Critical Assessment of Function Annotations.
Over 30 research groups from around the world are
participating in CAFA. In late 2010, these groups have used computational
to predict the function for a large set of protein sequences. The
accuracy of these predictions will be assessed at this year's AFP

We call upon all researchers involved in gene and protein function
prediction to submit an abstract to the AFP meeting. Authors of selected
abstracts will be invited to give a talk and/or present a poster. Select
will also be invited to write a full paper which will be considered for
in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

For further instructions on how to submit abstracts to AFP/CAFA, please go


We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!

Iddo Friedberg, Michal Linial and Predrag Radivojac

The AFP organizing committee

Iddo Friedberg

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