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Accelerating Biology 2014 - Computing Life
(18-20 February, 2014)

Registration Deadline Extended till January 31, 2014

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



With the advent of the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology, the world of genomics has undergone a revolution and their effects are becoming increasingly widespread. With the onset of the 1000 Genome Project, future medical research studies are providing new dimensions to pharmaceutical research, drug development and the practice of medicine will witness a significant spark leading to the concept of personalized medicine. Advances in medicine have enabled us to conceptualize 'tailor made' cure a reality. The high pace of NGS research is likely to boost the market for personal genome sequencing in the coming years. Along with Next Generation Sequencing, technologies like microarray, bead-chip array, whole cell metabolism and high throughput mass spectrometry have aided to the exponential rise in data – sequence as well as structure. The unprecedented growth in the area of sequencing technologies has had a huge impact on the way genomes are being addressed. The previously unimaginable scale of data handling has become a reality today due to the advent of next generation technologies.

Today, in-silico biology has truly come of age, wherein global consortiums assisted by large cyber infrastructure facilities are coming close to solving difficult problems in biology. As we equip ourselves with large supercomputing facilities and high speed networks, some of the grand challenge problems in biology can possibly be addressed. The sheer volume and complexity of data being generated in life sciences is crippling the current cyber infrastructure facilities and driving the demand newer and faster computing technologies. An extremely high level of automation in the form of high throughput analytics would be required to analyze this Bigdata to generate knowledge. It is expected that, in due course of time, the information and knowledge generated, will start flowing downward to benefit different sectors of human health, agriculture, livestock and environment.

This symposium intends to bring together scientists and technologists, who can dissect the data deluge and accelerate biology.


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 524 TF PARAM-YUVA-II, 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.

The Bioinformatics Resources & Applications Facility (BRAF) at C-DAC, is an effort providing high-end supercomputing facility to the researchers working in the areas of Bioinformatics. It is funded by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. The facility is equipped with a dedicated supercomputer named "PARAM BioChrome" and a centralized network attached storage called “PARAM Biobank”. 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 group 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 Cloud Computing, and has developed an in-house repertoire of bioinformatics software for the pharmaceutical and research industry, like NGS-TK, GENOPIPE to name a few.

The group has active collaborations with a number of eminent research organizations and industries, national and international such as Pirbright Institute, (UK), Roslin Institute (UK), University of Surrey (UK), Oregon Health and Science University (USA), NIH (USA), Bard College (USA), University of Illinois (USA), National Centre for Cell Science (Pune), University of Pune (Pune), IIT Madras (Chennai), Tata Memorial Hospital (Mumbai), National Chemical Laboratory (USA), Ventri Biologicals (Pune), IBB (Pune), ACTREC (Mumbai).


Scientific Programme

Scientific Program: "Accelerating Biology 2014 (Computing Life)" is a 3-day symposium on current trends in Bioinformatics. The sessions will comprise of invited talks from eminent academicians from esteemed institutes. The talks will address the challenges in the above mentioned focus areas. The symposium is targeted at students and researchers from academic institutes, universities and Bioinformatics industries.

List of Speakers

Inaugural address by Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Dr.Michael Watson, Roslin Institute, UK
Dr.Binay Panda, Ganit Labs, Bangalore
Dr.Amit Dutt, ACTREC, Mumbai
Dr.T.Rajkumar, Cancer Institute Adyar, Chennai
Dr.Sanjay Gupta, ACTREC, Mumbai
Dr.V.Maraudam, TANUVAS, Chennai
Dr.Prakash Reddy, Ventri Biologicals, Pune
Dr.Shashi Rawat, CPRI, Shimla
Dr.Kishore Gaikwad, NRCPB, New Delhi
Dr.Anuradha Upadhayay, NRC Grapes, Pune
Prof.R.K.Shyamsunder, TIFR, Mumbai
Dr.Saumyadipta Pyne, CR Rao Advanced Institute, Hyderabad
Dr.Parbati Biswas, Delhi University, New Delhi
Dr.Ansuman Lahiri, Calcutta University, Kolkata
Dr.Jan Kim, Pirbright Institute, UK
Dr.Deepti Deobagkar, Bioinformatics Center, University of Pune, Pune
Dr.Sanjeev Kumar, IASRI, New Delhi
Dr.Sameer Maji, IIT Bombay
Prof.Ravisankar Iyer, UIUC, US
Dr. C Gopi Mohan, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kochi
Dr. Kakoli Bose, ACTREC, Mumbai
Valedictory address by: Dr.Venkata Palle, Vice President- Discovery Research, Lupin Research Park, Pune


Focus Areas

The symposium will focus of the following areas of computational biology:

  • Computational Genomics: Applications in Agriculture
  • Computational Genomics: Applications in Livestock
  • Computational Genomics: Applications in Human Health
  • Computational modelling of life’s processes: Bioengineering/Synthetic Biology/Biofuels
  • Challenges in BIGDATA analysis in Life Sciences
  • Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecules
  • Case studies of BRAF users

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 2014.

Poster size should be 3ft width X 4ft height. Material required for mounting the poster will be provided by organizers.

The posters would be evaluated and the best few will be selected for oral presentation in the "Young Speaker Program".

Abstract Guidelines:

  1. Provide the names and department affiliation of all authors who contributed to the project.

  2. Presenting author's name should be underlined.

  3. The word limit is 250 words.

  4. Use font Callibri, font size 12 and line spacing 1.2.

  5. The document should be submitted as a Word document (doc). A pdf is not acceptable.

Registration Fees

Academic Institutes/
Government Organizations
Rs. 1500/-
Rs. 2500/-
Rs. 4000/-

Note: 10% discount for group registration of 3 or more.

The registration fee includes symposium kit, breakfast, tea/coffee during breaks, lunch during symposium days.

Registration details and Payment method

There are two modes of payment for registration

  • Online payment (Transaction fee to be levied as applicable)
  • Demand Draft in favour of "Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)" payable at Pune. Note: Kindly mention name of participants at the backside of Demand Draft.

Kindly print the form after the completion of the application process and post it with the requisite fee to the following address:

Registration Closed! For more Information contact

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


Shared accommodation will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Accomodation will be arranged in nearby hotels with an approximate charge of Rs.800/- per day per person. Accommodation will be arranged for 3 nights (From February 17-20, 2014) with a charge of Rs.2400/-.The accommodation charges will be paid along with the registration fee.

Important Dates

Events Dates
Registration Start 15th October 2013
Registration End Extended Till 31th January 2014
DD-receipt Deadline 31th January 2014
Abstract Deadline 31th January 2014


Symposium Venue

Yashawantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA)
Rajbhavan Complex,
Baner Road,
Pune – 411 007


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

Note: Registrations once confirmed are non-transferable & non-refundable