Search the Dagstuhl Website
Looking for information on the websites of the individual seminars? - Then please:
Not found what you are looking for? - Some of our services have separate websites, each with its own search option. Please check the following list:
Schloss Dagstuhl - LZI - Logo
Schloss Dagstuhl Services
Within this website:
External resources:
  • DOOR (for registering your stay at Dagstuhl)
  • DOSA (for proposing future Dagstuhl Seminars or Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops)
Within this website:
External resources:
Within this website:
External resources:
  • the dblp Computer Science Bibliography

Dagstuhl Seminar 02471

Computational Biology

( Nov 17 – Nov 22, 2002 )

Please use the following short url to reference this page:


  • Group testing with DNA chips : article : generating designs and decoding experiments S. 1-8 - Alexander Schliep ; David C. Torney ; Sven Rahmann - Piscataway : IEEE, 2003 - (Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE bioinformatics conference : S. 1-8). ISBN: 0-7695-2000-6.


Computational Biology addresses the problems of interpreting genomic data with computational methods. These data harbor the biological secrets of life, however, these secrets are encoded in intricate ways that we do not understand yet. The genome tells which molecules should be manufactured and when they should be manufactured in what quantities. It says how the molecules should be arranged and harbors information on how they interact with each other. All of this information is so cryptically encoded in the genome, however, that we need computers to learn biology from the genomic information.

With the great advance of the underlying experimental techniques in biology – which provided complete genomes of several hundred organisms, by now and is unearthing additional voluminous data on the difference of the molecular makeup of different tissues in healthy and diseased conditions, computational biology has experienced rapid development. The field is highly intediciplinary, with aspects from physics, chemistry, biology and medicine as well as mathematics, statistics and computer science. Therefore the need of scientific exchange is enormous. This seminar series addresses this need and brings together active researchers for a wide variety of backgrounds that participate in the quest of understanding the molecular basis of life with computational methods.

The seminar explored traditional as well as some more novel issues in computational biology. The field has expanded greatly in the past years, and the danger has grown of splitting the field into more and more separate sub-disciplines. This seminar attempted to slow down this trend by giving all attendees an overview of the state of the art in widely differing sub-areas of computational biology. These included haplotype analysis, sequence analysis, molecular structure analysis, molecular docking, analysis of gene expression data and biochemical networks as well as issues in medical applications and software issues in project design. The days were filled with lectures that had extended discussion periods. Some of the talks had decidedly tutorial character. Early afternoons were set aside for informal discussions. There were evening discussion sessions on Biochemical Pathways, and Bioinformatics and Disease. It was a common sentiment that the broad scope of the seminar is worthwhile and should be maintained in future seminars.

This seminar was the fourth seminar on general issues in Computational Biology that was held at Dagstuhl. Three previous seminars on this topic have been held in 1992, 1995 and 2000.

  • Mar Albà (UPF - Barcelona, ES)
  • Mario Albrecht (MPI für Informatik - Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Rolf Backofen (Universität Jena, DE) [dblp]
  • Niko Beerenwinkel (University of California - Berkeley, US) [dblp]
  • Søren Brunak (Technical University of Denmark - Lyngby, DK) [dblp]
  • Mark Craven (University of Wisconsin - Madison, US)
  • Ulrik de Lichtenberg (Technical University of Denmark - Lyngby, DK)
  • Ingvar Eidhammer (University of Bergen, NO)
  • Patricia Evans (University of New Brunswick, CA)
  • Anders Fausboll (Technical University of Denmark - Lyngby, DK)
  • Nir Friedman (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL)
  • Irit Gat-viks (Tel Aviv University, IL)
  • David Gilbert (Brunel University, GB) [dblp]
  • Hanspeter Herzel (HU Berlin, DE)
  • Desmond Higgins (University College Cork, IE)
  • Alfred Hofmann (Springer-Verlag - Heidelberg, DE)
  • Sorin Istrail (Celera Genomics Corp. - Rockville, US)
  • Peter Jeavons (University of Oxford, GB)
  • Thomas S. Jensen (Technical University of Denmark - Lyngby, DK)
  • Kevin Karplus (Santa Clara University, US) [dblp]
  • Ross Donald King (University of Wales - Aberysthwyth, GB)
  • Lars Kunert (MPI für Informatik - Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Thomas Lengauer (MPI für Informatik - Saarbrücken, DE) [dblp]
  • Hans-Peter Lenhof (Universität des Saarlandes, DE) [dblp]
  • Jochen Maydt (MPI für Informatik - Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Satoru Miyano (University of Tokyo, JP) [dblp]
  • Gene Myers (University of California - Berkeley, US) [dblp]
  • C. David Page (University of Wisconsin - Madison, US)
  • Dana Pe'er (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL)
  • Tal Pupko (Florida State University, US)
  • Ela Pustulka-Hunt (University of Glasgow, GB)
  • Jörg Rahnenführer (TU Dortmund, DE)
  • Somak Ray (MPI für Informatik - Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Marie-France Sagot (University Claude Bernard - Lyon, FR) [dblp]
  • Alexander Schliep (MPI für Molekulare Genetik - Berlin, DE) [dblp]
  • Benno Schwikowski (Inst. Pasteur et LIX (Paris) & MPI (Berlin), FR)
  • Joachim Selbig (Universität Potsdam, DE)
  • Ron Shamir (Tel Aviv University, IL)
  • Francisco Silva Domingues (MPI für Informatik - Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Florian Sohler (LMU München, DE)
  • Lev A. Soinov (European Bioinformatics Institute - Cambridge, GB)
  • Ingolf Sommer (MPI für Informatik - Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Jens Stoye (Universität Bielefeld, DE) [dblp]
  • Priti Talwar (MPI für Informatik - Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Aik Choon Tan (University of Glasgow, GB)
  • Esko Ukkonen (University of Helsinki, FI) [dblp]
  • Juris Viksna (University of Latvia - Riga, LV)
  • Thomas Werner (Genomatix Software, DE)
  • Roland Yap (National University of Singapore, SG)

Related Seminars
  • Dagstuhl Seminar 9237: Molecular Bioinformatics (1992-09-07 - 1992-09-11) (Details)
  • Dagstuhl Seminar 00491: Bioinformatics (2000-12-03 - 2000-12-08) (Details)