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MLCB-2005: Computational Biology and the Analysis of Heterogeneous Data

The NIPS workshop on Computational Biology and the Analysis of Heterogeneous Data will held in Whistler (B.C.) on the 9th and 10th of December, 2005.

2005 Workshop Schedule: HTML, PDF.

Workshop Description

The field of computational biology has seen dramatic growth over the past few years, both in terms of available data, scientific questions and challenges for learning and inference. These new types of scientific and clinical problems require the development of novel supervised and unsupervised learning approaches.

In particular, the field is characterized by a diversity of heterogeneous data. The human genome sequence is accompanied by real-valued gene expression data, functional annotation of genes, genotyping information, a graph of interacting proteins, a set of equations describing the dynamics of a system, localization of proteins in a cell, a phylogenetic tree relating species, natural language text in the form of papers describing experiments, partial models that provide priors, and numerous other data sources.

The goal of this workshop is to present emerging problems and machine learning techniques in computational biology, with a particular emphasis on methods for computational learning from heterogeneous data. The workshop includes invited and submitted talks from experts in the fields of biology, bioinformatics and machine learning. The topics range from case studies of particular biological problems to novel learning approaches in computational biology.

Please check out the Workshop Schedule (PDF).


  • Christina Leslie, Center for Computational Learning Systems, Columbia University
  • William Stafford Noble, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
  • Gunnar Rätsch, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society (Tübingen)
  • Simon Kasif, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
  • Koji Tsuda, AIST Computational Biology Research Center (Tokyo)

Program Committee

  • Michael I. Jordan, UC Berkeley
  • Kristin Bennett, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Nir Friedman, Hebrew University and Harvard
  • Gal Chechik, Stanford University
  • Eleazar Eskin, UC San Diego
  • Pierre Baldi, UC Irvine
  • Nello Cristianini, UC Davis
  • Alexander Hartemink, Duke University
  • Eran Segal, Stanford University
  • Michal Linial, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Klaus-Robert Müller, Fraunhofer FIRST
  • Alexander Schliep, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
  • Bernhard Schölkopf, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
  • Jean-Philippe Vert, Ecole des Mines de Paris
  • Tommi Jaakkola, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT

Location and Registration

This NIPS workshop takes place at the Westin Resort and Spa, Whistler, B.C., on the 9th and 10th of December 2005. Please register at the NIPS registration site.


If you are interested in contributing or have comments please send an e-mail to and check out the Call for contributions.

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