The workshop is a one-day event with the goal to promote Bioinformatics activities taking place in the Genoa area. It is scientifically and financially supported by the Italian Section of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), and it is organized in partnership with the Ligurian Bioinformatics Network, an informal association that gathers and coordinates researchers interested in the subject around Genova and Liguria. Additionally, it is temporally contiguous with two other events of interest to the same audience, the Tenth International Meeting on Computational Intelligence Methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (CIBB 2013) and the Eighth IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics (PRIB 2013), scheduled in the following days in Nice, France.
Bioinformatics is an actively developing discipline, witnessing a steady growth especially in the last decade. It is strongly application-oriented, with a particular focus on molecular aspects of biological and clinical research. In this realm data are available in large (and growing) quantities, which continuously stimulate new developments in scarcely explored directions. This combination of factors makes it necessary to develop tight scientific collaborations with disciplines that once were not considered as close neighbours with biology and medicine, since it requires a scientific support from both strictly computational and automated information analysis perspectives. It is, by its own nature, an inherently interdisciplinary domain, generating interesting scientific questions in computer science, mathematics, and statistics.
The specific topic of this workshop, Interacting proteins: a computational intelligence challenge, touches on one side a theme that is central to both basic science and some advanced applications (like pharmacogenomics), namely, protein interaction networks, and on the other side hot and stimulating problems in complex network analysis, with a special emphasis on (but not limited to) computational intelligence approaches.