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AlCoB 2020 &amp; 2021: extended submission deadline January 25*To be removed from our mailing list, please respond to this message with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line*




AlCoB 2020 &amp; 2021

Missoula, Montana, USA

June 7-11, 2021


Co-organized by:


Department of Computer Science

University of Montana




Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice – IRDTA





* Extended submission deadline: January 25 *





AlCoB aims at promoting and displaying excellent research using string and graph algorithms and combinatorial optimization to deal with problems in biological sequence analysis, genome rearrangement, phylogeny reconstruction, and structure prediction.


AlCoB 2020 &amp; 2021 will merge the scheduled program for AlCoB 2020, which could not take place because of the Covid-19 crisis, with a new series of papers submitted on this occasion.


Previous events were held in Tarragona, Mexico City, Trujillo (Spain), Aveiro, Hong Kong and Berkeley.


The conference will address several of the current challenges in computational biology, with topics including:


1) assembling sequence reads into a complete genome,

2) identifying gene structures in the genome,

3) recognizing regulatory motifs,

4) aligning nucleotides and comparing genomes,

5) reconstructing regulatory networks of genes, and

6) inferring the evolutionary phylogeny of species.


Special focus will be put on methodology and significant room will be reserved for scholars at the beginning of their career.



AlCoB 2020 &amp; 2021 will take place in Missoula, Montana, a college town located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, near Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The meeting will be hosted in the University Center, a few hundred feet from the base of Mount Sentinel.



Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:


Sequence analysis

Sequence alignment

Sequence assembly

Genome rearrangement

Regulatory motif finding

Phylogeny reconstruction

Phylogeny comparison

Structure prediction

Compressive genomics

Proteomics: molecular pathways, interaction networks, mass spectrometry analysis

Transcriptomics: splicing variants, isoform inference and quantification, differential analysis

Next-generation sequencing: population genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, epigenomics

Genome CD architecture

Microbiome analysis

Cancer computational biology

Systems biology



AlCoB 2020 &amp; 2021 will consist of:


invited lectures

peer-reviewed contributions




Terry Gaasterland (University of California, San Diego), Genetic Risk of Disease through Genome Variation and Regulation of Transcription


Christine Orengo (University College London), Algorithms for Mining Massive Metagenome Repositories to Detect Novel Enzymes


Tamar Schlick (New York University), Folding Genes at Nucleosome Resolution



Ludmil Alexandrov (University of California, San Diego, US)

Can Alkan (Bilkent University, TR)

Mani Arumugam (University of Copenhagen, DK)

Bonnie Berger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US)

Sanchita Bhattacharya (University of California, San Francisco, US)

Chao Cheng (Baylor College of Medicine, US)

Keith Crandall (George Washington University, US)

Colin Dewey (University of Wisconsin, Madison, US)

Ian Dunham (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)

Anton Enright (University of Cambridge, UK)

Joe Felsenstein (University of Washington, US)

Pedro G. Ferreira (University of Porto, PT)

Martin Frith (University of Tokyo, JP)

Debashis Ghosh (University of Colorado, US)

Michael Gribskov (Purdue University, US)

Michael Hawrylycz (Allen Institute for Brain Science, US)

Daniel Huson (University of Tübingen, DE)

Kazutaka Katoh (Osaka University, JP)

Miriam Konkel (Clemson University, US)

Maria-Jesus Martin (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)

Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, ES, chair)

David H. Mathews (University of Rochester, US)

Aaron McKenna (Dartmouth College, US)

Ryan E. Mills (University of Michigan, US)

Burkhard Morgenstern (University of Göttingen, DE)

Zemin Ning (Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK)

Joel S. Parker (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US)

Kay Prüfer (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, DE)

Knut Reinert (Free University of Berlin, DE)

Walter L. Ruzzo (University of Washington, US)

Russell Schwartz (Carnegie Mellon University, US)

Gordon Smyth (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, AU)

Peter F. Stadler (Leipzig University, DE)

Alfonso Valencia (Barcelona Supercomputing Center, ES)

Fabio Vandin (University of Padua, IT)

Kai Wang (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, US)

Matthew T. Weirauch (Cincinnati Children's Hospital, US)

Travis Wheeler (University of Montana, US)

Zohar Yakhini (Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, IL)

Shibu Yooseph (University of Central Florida, US)



Sara Morales (Brussels)

Manuel Parra-Royón (Granada)

David Silva (London, co-chair)

Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (Cáceres)

Travis Wheeler (Missoula, co-chair)



Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (all included) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see


Upload submissions to:



A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS/LNBI series will be available by the time of the conference.


A special issue of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (2019 JCR impact factor: 2.85) will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.



The registration form can be found at:

DEADLINES (all at 23:59 CET):


Paper submission: January 25, 2021 – EXTENDED -

Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: February 15, 2021

Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNBI proceedings: March 1st, 2021

Early registration: March 1st, 2021

Late registration: May 24, 2021

Submission to the journal special issue: September 11, 2021



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