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[Gofriends] Call for abstracts: Automated Function Prediction meeting

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at
Mon Feb 28 14:44:35 PST 2011

Please forward as appropriate. Apologies for cross-posting

Locale Vienna, Austria
Dates: July 15-16, 2011

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 annotation
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

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 tools to predict the function for a large set
of protein sequences. The accuracy of these predictions will be assessed at
this year's AFP meeting.

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. Selected
works will also be invited to write a full paper which will be considered
for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

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

More details on AFP/CAFA:

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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