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1992 was a leap year that showcased the maiden voyage of Space Shuttle Endeavor, the release of the Macintosh LCII, riots in LA, the release of the first video phone (AT&T $1,499), and the Imageend of apartheid in South Africa. It was also the same year a group of researchers interested in artificial intelligence and molecular biology participated in a joint NLM meeting with the National Science Foundation on the future of what was then termed artificial intelligence in molecular biology. The following year, the meeting evolved into the first Intelligent Systems in Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference, held in Washington DC.

Today, ISMB celebrates 20 years as the longest running annual bioinformatics/computational biology conference. Over the next five days in Long Beach, California, scientists from diverse disciplines and geographic coordinates will meet to share their work, exchange ideas and discuss challenges and opportunities. This meeting is near and dear to my heart given its focus on methodology and research centered on key biological problems.

Short list of useful links for in-person and virtual attendees:
Proceedings and News Feeds
Meeting Coordinates: Long Beach Convention Center 
Public Transit: Passport Shuttle
Local Attractions: Long Beach Interactive Map

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” — Carl Jung

The SIGs and satellite meetings are underway in advance of the 16th Annual International Conference Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) in Toronto, Canada. Already there is a plethora of blogs, feeds and summaries on the net. They provide some excellent snapshots of the scientific proceedings (and some rather harsh but accurate commentaries on the food at the convention center).

A few of I’ve noted thus far:

The ISMB 2008 Room on Friend Feed

Buried Treasure’s notes on Tumblr (with pictures!)


Biomed Central’s Blog (with Freebies!)

Plos Computational Biology (with more Freebies!)


Tweet Musings