Accelerating Biology 2012 : Computing to Decipher

Accelerating Biology 2012 (Computing to Decipher)
(15-17 February, 2012)

Background | Know Us | Bioinformatics@C-DAC | Scientific Programme
Session Topics | List of Speakers | Poster Submission and Young Speaker program | Registration FeesAccommodation | Registration details and Payment method | Important Dates
Symposium Venue | Contact details



During the past decade genomics has made major contributions to the fundamental knowledge about biology and its perturbation in disease.

Biology is information driven science. Large scale data sets from genomics, physiology, population genetics and imaging are driving research at a fast pace. To enable scientists and researchers to achieve breakthrough one needs to provide a stable cyber infrastructure which is a combination of databases, network protocols and high speed computational resources that brings people, information and computational tools together to perform science in this information driven world. High performance computing, Grid & cloud computing, high speed networking are some of the powerful engines driving the progress of this area.

Genomics has grown primarily out of genetics and molecular biology. Genomics aims to generate complete and comprehensive data sets which require large scale effort involving large interdisciplinary consortia, robust data standards to ensure high quality data and exceptionally high computational resources. Technology development has driven genomics both through new methods and higher efficiency. This has been critical for achieving the remarkable increases in throughput and reductions in cost. As a result, today major bottleneck is not longer data generation but the challenges have shifted around data analysis, display and integration. For meeting the above challenges we require scientists with expertise in biology as well as in informatics and computer science.

The science of medicine and the practice of medicine are distinct domains. The increasing knowledge of the human genome is beginning to transform the former and there are already examples where genomic information is now part of standard healthcare. Genomic discoveries will increasingly advance the science of medicine in the coming decades, as important advances are made in developing improved diagnostics, more effective therapeutic strategies, an evidence based approach for demonstrating clinical based efficiency and better decision making tools for patients and providers.


Know Us

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) with its genesis in the year 1988 as a national initiative of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MC&IT), Government of India, embodies the spirit of indigenous high-end research and development for state -of -the-art technologies and solutions. As a scientific society, C-DAC has been continuously engaged for over two decades, towards the design, development and deployment of electronics and advanced Information Technology (IT) products and solutions for the benefit of the society. C-DAC's thrust in meeting the national agenda has manifest itself in the execution of several key projects, leading to the creation of a strong brand equity for its inherent expertise and capabilities, in the global context. Presently, this expertise extends to the field of High Performance Computing (HPC) fueling various scientific, engineering and business applications. Fostering an environment of innovation and dealing with cutting edge technologies, C-DAC's PARAM series of supercomputers, the latest being the 54 TF PARAM-YUVA, have been used to address these diverse applications at various national and international institutions. The implementation of the Garuda Grid has seen the optimal usage of HPC resources spread across the nation in a congregated manner accelerating scientific research. In-house developed hardware components in the form of Reconfigurable Computing System (RCS) cards specific for particular scientific applications have accelerated them many fold. Over the years the Bioinformatics Group of C-DAC has developed into an active centre of bioinformatics research, applying HPC to accelerate biological research towards the betterment of human life.


Activities of the Bioinformatics Group @ C-DAC are aimed towards acquiring in-depth knowledge and understanding the various strata of bio-complexity and hence include an entire spectrum of data analyses and essential research consumables. Various in-house research activities are being carried out, which include genome sequence assembly, microarray data analysis, structure-based drug discovery, protein folding and various molecular dynamics simulations using advanced MD techniques like REMD and CGMD.

One of the major projects successfully completed by the group is the setting up of the Bioinformatics Resources and Applications Facility (BRAF), funded by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. The facility is equipped with a dedicated 1 TF supercomputer named “Biogene”. BRAF offers various genome analysis and molecular modelling codes in an effort towards providing high-end supercomputing facility to the researchers working in the area of bioinformatics.

The team leverages its core strengths and intellectual property from advanced research in the areas of Computational Biology and development of various cutting edge tools to enhance biological research, the latest being the development of “Anvaya”, a workflows environment for high-throughput genome analysis. Apart from this, the group has also made major contributions in High Performance Computing including Grid Computing, and has developed an in-house repertoire of bioinformatics software for the pharmaceutical and research industry, like NGS-TK, GenomeGrid, iMolDock, GENOPIPE and GIPSY to name a few.

The group has active collaborations with a number of eminent research organizations and industries, national as well as across the globe such as Institute of Animal Health (UK), Roslin Institute (UK), University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Surrey (UK), Oregon Health and Science University (USA), Sanger Institute (UK), National Centre for Cell Science (Pune), University of Pune (Pune), IIT Madras (Chennai).


Scientific Programme

“Accelerating Biology 2012 (Computing to Decipher)” is a 3-Day symposium on current trends in Bioinformatics. The sessions will comprise of invited talks from eminent academicians from esteemed national institutes. The talks will address the challenges in the areas of Next Generation Sequencing technologies, genome analysis, advanced molecular dynamics simulations and algorithm development, High Performance Computing (HPC) and cloud computing. The symposium is targeted at students and researchers from academic institutes, universities and Bioinformatics industries.


Session Topics

  • Computational Genomics for Plants and Microbes
  • Molecular Modelling and Simulations
  • Next Generation Sequencing Technology
  • Algorithms, Clusters, Grids, Clouds

List of Speakers

Dr. Michael Watson, ARK Genomics, Roslin Institute, UK
Dr. Emily Richardson, ARK Genomics, Roslin Institute, UK
Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan, University of Minnesota, USA
Dr. Arvind Mahajan, Roslin Institute, UK
Dr. Rajendra Badwe, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai
Dr. Akash Ranjan, CDFD, Hyderabad
Dr. Sekhar Mande, NCCS, Pune
Dr. Rakesh Tuli, NABI, Mohali
Prof. P.V.Balaji, IIT Bombay
Dr. B.Jayaram, IIT Delhi
Dr. Debashis Mohanty, NII, Delhi
Dr. Sanjib Senapati, IIT Madras
Dr. Priyanka Pandey, NIBMG, Kolkata
Dr. Malali Gowda, C-CAMP, Bangalore
Dr. Sudeep Gupta, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai
Dr. Farhat Habib, IISER, Pune
Dr. Yogesh Shouche, NCCS, Pune
Dr. Prahalad, Geschickten Biosciences, Bangalore
Mr. Prasad Nirantar, BMC Software
Dr. Pradipta Bandhopadhyay, JNU, Delhi
Prof. Deepti Deobagkar, University of Pune
Mr. Amit Naik,  BMC Software
Dr. V.N.Balaji, Jubilant Biosys, Bangalore
Dr. V.K.Jayaraman, C-DAC, Pune
Dr. V.Vishwanadhan, Jubilant Biosys, Bangalore

Poster Submission and Young Speaker program

All registered participants are encouraged to make a poster presentation of their recent research activities and submit an abstract, not exceeding 250 words. The confirmation of poster selection will be notified by 20th January 2012.

Poster size should be 2ft X 3ft. Material to be required for mounting the poster will be provided by organizers.

The posters would be evaluated and the best few will be allowed for oral presentation in the “Young Speaker Program”.


Registration Fees

Academic Institutes/
Government Organizations
Symposium only
Rs. 1500/-
Rs. 2500/-
Rs. 4000/-
Symposium + Accomodation
Rs. 4950/-
Rs. 5950/-
Rs. 7450/-

The registration fee includes symposium kit, breakfast, tea/coffee during breaks, lunches and dinners.


Shared accommodation will be made available to limited participants on request of additional charge of Rs. 3450/- per person for 4 days 3 nights (15-17, February 2012) on a first come first serve basis at VITS Hotel and the check in time is 14th February 2012 noon and check out is 17th February 2012 noon. Participants who would like to avail accommodation at Hotel VITS should inform us before 15th January 2012. After this date, participants are requested to arrange for their own accommodation.

Registration details and Payment method

Registration Closed

Kindly print the form after the completion of the application process and send it with the demand draft. Kindly make your demand draft in favour of “Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)” payable at Pune. Mail the registration form with the requisite fee to the following address:

Convenor: Dr. Rajendra Joshi
Kind Attn.: Ms. Sayali Gongle
Bioinformatics Group,
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),
Pune University Campus, Ganeshkhind,
Pune – 411 007

Important Dates

Events Dates
Registration Start 4th November 2011
Registration End 30th January 2012
DD-receipt Deadline 30th January 2012
Abstract Deadline 30th January 2012


Symposium Venue

The symposium will be organized at VITS Hotel, Pune (Adjacent to Chatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex), Pune-Bangalore Highway, Balewadi, Pune – 411 045


Contact details

Ms.Sayali Gongle
Bioinformatics Group,
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),
Pune University Campus, Ganesh Khind,
Pune - 411 007, India.
Telephone/Fax: +91-20-25694084/25704196
Web: /index.aspx?id=bioinfo

Note: Registrations once confirmed are non-transferable & non-refundable (including accommodation charges)