The Workshop on the Future of Algorithms in Biology (FAB) 2018 will be hosted by the Computational Biology Department at Carnegie Mellon University on September 28 and 29, 2018.

The intent of this workshop is to bring together theoretically-minded researchers in computational biology and theoretical computer science to discuss a vision of the field over the next 5 years and beyond. The meeting will have a set of keynotes and invited speakers from a range of sub-disciplines who will share what they see as the important research directions, open problems and challenges that will propel algorithmic advances in biological problems. In addition to hearing from the speakers, attendees will participate in a moderated panel discussion, with the goal of identifying the overarching themes that arose during the meeting.

Participation is encouraged from researchers in all subfields and career stages. For more information on attending, see the link above.

Recorded talks on YouTube

The full workshop program (updated: 27 September) is now available for download as a PDF. We will have hard copies available for attendees when they register on site.

White paper discussion summary


Trey Ideker

University of California, San Diego

Nadia El-Mabrouk

University of Montreal

Gaudenz Danuser

University of Texas, Southwestern

more information about the keynote speakers


Ben Busby — NCBI, NIH
Christina Boucher — University of Florida
Navid Farahani — 3Scan, Inc.
Gregory R. Johnson and Rory Donovan-Maiye — Allen Institute for Cell Science
John Kececioglu — University of Arizona
Aly Azeem Khan — Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
Ben Langmead — Johns Hopkins University
Olgica Milenkovic — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Niema Moshiri — University of California, San Diego
Saket Navlakha — Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Laxmi Parida — IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
S. Cenk Sahinalp — Indiana University
Ana Ligia Scott — Universidade Federal do ABC (Brazil)/University of Pittsburgh
Kathy Tzeng — Optum, UnitedHealth Group
Fabio Vandin — University of Padova
Zhiping Weng — University of Massachusetts Medical School
Jinbo Xu — Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago



Grant CCF-1748493

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