Accelerating Biology 2018: Digitizing Life

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Biology is one of the killer application area which demands the need of supercomputers. There is a high level of automation and robotics being used in all areas of life sciences, right from genome sequencing to drug discovery to systems biology. This is resulting in a tsunami of data being produced. The challenges in biology have shifted from data generation to analysis of the data. We can generate knowledge from this information only when we model, simulate and analyse the huge data. This knowledge can lead us to the further understanding of the behaviour of organisms and intelligence at the molecular level. This can be achieved by the use of technologies like deep learning and cognitive computing. This information that can guide a million new hypotheses and launch a million more experiments. Such analysis requires supercomputing machines in the petaflop to exaflop range. There are a whole range of supercomputing challenges in the area of biology. Some of them are like genome assembly using next generation sequencing data, whole genome phylogeny, molecular docking, protein structure prediction, molecular dynamics simulations of large biomolecules, systems biology simulations etc. Biology is expected to drive the needs of the next generation supercomputers. Conversely, the use of supercomputers is changing the horizon of biological sciences itself. Biologists are able get deeper understanding of living organisms by using the power of supercomputers. Besides supercomputing, a number of new technologies like cloud computing, bigdata analytics and special purpose machines are expected to revolutionize life sciences research. More importantly, all this is not just stopping at basic research, but is being translated into societal impact. Today many laboratories are using supercomputing technologies to analyse next generation sequencing data of patients to better and faster diagnosis of various diseases. This revolution in biological sciences leading towards digitizing life.

C-DAC's Bioinformatics Resources and Applications Facility (BRAF) has recognized the need of dedicated supercomputing facility much ahead of time and is already playing a major role in providing dedicated supercomputing facility to biologists all over the world. Under the National Supercomputing Mission, the Government of India, intends to create a platform for personalized genomics and drug discovery. The proposed symposium aims to provide a forum to bring together scientists and technologists to enter the era of digital biology.

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Technical Programme
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Know Us

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) with its genesis in the year 1988 as a national initiative of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), 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 and a half 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.


The Bioinformatics Group at C-DAC leverages on the inherent technological expertise to delve into complex biological systems and develop an understanding of underlying processes by providing high throughput solutions and services. The group has a dual capability of expertise in advanced areas of research in computational biology along with understanding of High Performance Computing. The activities of the Bioinformatics Group 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 simulation using advanced Molecular Modelling techniques. Backed by its Bioinformatics Resources and Applications Facility (BRAF), the team has developed an entire spectrum of tools, databases and allied resources for research to address current and future Bioinformatics challenges.

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) and industries like Lupin Ltd. Pune

Poster Submission and Young Speaker program

All registered participants are encouraged to prepare 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 20 December 2017.

Poster size should be 3ft X 4ft. 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".

Abstract Guidelines:

  1. The title should summarize the abstract and convince that the topic is important.
  2. Provide the names and department affiliation of all authors who contributed to the project.
  3. Italicize your faculty mentor’s name and provide the department affiliation.
  4. The word limit is 250 words.
  5. Use font Callibri, font size 12 and line spacing 1.2.
  6. The document should be submitted as a MS Word document (doc). A pdf is not acceptable.
  7. Email your abstract to

Note: Name of presenting author should be underlined and certificate will be given only to presenting author.



For accommodation, following are the details of suitable hotels and guest houses, where participant can approach directly for bookings and payments on their own.

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Important Dates

NOTE: Early bird registration has ended. Attendees can continue to register without early bird discount till 6th December 2017.
Events Dates
Registration Start Wednesday, 16 August, 2017
Early Bird Registration End Thursday, 9 November, 2017 Thursday, 16 November, 2017
Registration End Wednesday, 6 December, 2017
Abstract Deadline Wednesday, 6 December, 2017
DD receipt Deadline Monday,11 December, 2017

Registration Fees

Category Fees* Fees + 18% GST
Student ₹ 2000/- ₹ 2360/-
Academic/Govt. ₹ 3000/- ₹ 3540/-
Industry ₹ 4500/- ₹ 5310/-

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

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

Early Bird Registration: CLOSED

Register early for the "Accelerating Biology 2018: Digitizing Life" symposium at lowest registration fees. Early bird registration is available till 09 November 2017 16 November 2017.

Group Registration:

For group registration more than 10, kindly send request to

For BRAF users:

For BRAF users special discount of ₹ 500 per user for existing BRAF user (Valid BRAF users already accessing BRAF on or before 15 Aug 2017).

It is compulsory to submit a poster to avail BRAF user discount of ₹ 500:
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To avail BRAF user discount download the form and send the duly filled form along with DD. to the address mentioned below. The discount will be given only after verification of BRAF logins.


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Symposium Venue

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),
Dr Homi Bhabha Rd,
Pashan, Pune,
Maharashtra 411008

Contact details

Convenor: Dr. Rajendra Joshi
Kind Attn: Ms. Jyoti Chougule
HPC- Medical and Bioinformatics Applications Group,
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Savitribai Phule Pune University Campus, Ganeshkhind,
Pune - 411 007, India.
Tel: 020-25704196
Telefax: +91-20-25694084