Accelerating Biology 2024: The Exascale Leap

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The growing computational power provides unprecedented opportunities to tackle complex challenges in life sciences. There has been a tremendous increase in the volumes of data being generated in the field of life sciences owing to rapid advances in high throughput technologies. Such voluminous biological data mandates scalable and efficient computational tools, advanced data storage and management systems, and significant leap in computing capacity towards exascale. Exascale computing promises to enable ‘data-driven discoveries’, empowering computational biology researchers to perform large-scale data mining. Exascale computing has transformative potential to address areas like unraveling the hidden patterns in multi-omics datasets, biomarker discovery and complex biological network analysis. Exascale computing platforms will help to leverage large-scale data processing, analysis, and derive insights from multifaceted biological datasets, leading to advancements in fields like genomics, systems biology, precision medicine and traditional approaches like Ayurveda.

Microbiome enables understanding the complex communities of microorganisms that inhabit various environments, including the human body, soil, oceans, and more. Taxonomic profiling of microbiome followed by functional enrichment has tremendous potential in providing therapeutics for personalized medicine. Single cell genomics has unraveled the multitude of cellular heterogeneity and thereby providing high-resolution of underlying biological process and in the process revolutionizing the scale of data generation. Rapid processing of single-cell genomics data is highly compute-intensive and exascale computing can accelerate this by enabling simultaneous analysis of millions of individual cells. The recent developments in medical diagnostics are focusing towards creation of non-invasive methods for detection of different types of cancers. 3D interactome consists of all the interactions between FDA drugs and the target proteins of pathogen. 3D interactome helps in identification of novel drug candidates for the treating infectious diseases like tuberculosis through computational drug repurposing approach. Computational AyurBiology will help in identifying phytochemicals targeting specific drug targets and also their probable mechanism of action. It would also enable efficient Ayurveda research and help Ayurveda professionals to carry out research in the area of computational Drug Discovery and would be a first step towards reaching the goal of bringing Ayurveda to the forefront. Such synergistic collaborations between the Ayurveda researchers and computational biologist will pave the way towards computational Ayurveda.

"Accelerating Biology 2024: The Exascale Leap" would provide a platform for knowledge exchange, idea sharing and foster fruitful connections among stakeholders that include participants, researchers, and industry professionals.

Thematic areas:

  • Precision Medicine
  • Microbiomics
  • Multiomics
  • Drug Discovery/Repurposing
  • Multiscale modeling
  • RNA therapeutics
  • Computational Ayurveda
  • HPC/Quantum/AI



  • Dr.Eric Stahlberg, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, USA
  • Dr. Cezary Mazurek, PSNC, Poland
  • Prof. Peter Coveney, University College London, UK
  • Dr. Mariano Vazquez, Elem Biotech, Spain
  • Dr. Dan Isaacs, Digital Twin Consortium, USA
  • Dr. Priyanka Banerjee, Charite-University of Medicine, Berlin
  • Dr C S Yajnik, KEM Hospital, Pune
  • Prof. Sudeep Gupta, TMH, Mumbai
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta, ACTREC, Mumbai
  • Dr. Vinod Scaria, Vishwanath Cancer Care, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Madhura Kulkarni,Center for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR), PCCM, Pune
  • Dr. Arvind Sahu, RCB, Faridabad
  • Dr. Dharani Gopal, NIOT, Chennai
  • Dr. Pragya Yadav, NIV, Pune
  • Dr. Anu Raghunathan, NCL, Pune
  • Dr. Georgia Tourassi, ORNL, USA
  • Dr. U. S.N. Murty, NIPER-Guwahati
  • Prof. B. Gopal, IISc, Bengaluru
  • Prof. Pradipta Bandopadhyay, JNU, New Delhi
  • Dr. Arnab Mukherjee, IISER, Pune
  • Dr. Akash Ranjan, CDFD, Hyderabad
  • Dr. Sangeeta Sawant, SPPU, Pune
  • Prof. R. Sankararamakrishnan, IIT Kanpur
  • Prof. Sanjib Senapati, IIT, Chennai
  • Dr. Chetan Gadgil, NCL, Pune
  • Dr. Durba Sengupta, NCL, Pune
  • Dr. T. Saketh Ram, Ayush Grid, Ministry of Ayush
  • Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Dhanjal, IIIT-D
  • Dr. Santosh Kumar Bhatted, AIIA, New Delhi
  • Dr. Ashok Giri, NCL, Pune
  • Prof. Saurabh Raghuvanshi, Delhi University, Delhi
  • Dr. Gulab D. Khedkar, BAMU, C. Sambhaji Nagar
  • Dr. Gitanjali Yadav, NIPGR, New Delhi
  • Dr. N. Subramanian, SETS, Chennai
  • Prof. Andrew Lynn, JNU, New Delhi
  • Dr. Dinesh Gupta, ICGEB, New Delhi
  • Prof. Binay Panda, JNU, New Delhi
  • Dr. Gaurav Ahuja, IIIT, New Delhi
  • Prof.Ajit Kembhavi, PKC, Pune
  • Dr. Venkata Palle, SPARC, Baroda
  • Shri. Vinay Kulkarni, TCS
  • Dr. Aditya Phatak, Velsera, Pune
  • Dr. Anamika Krishanpal, Persistent Systems, Pune


Technical Schedule

Know Us

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organization of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. As a scientific society, C-DAC has been continuously engaged for over three 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 is actively engaged in indigenous R&D of HPC components (processor, server board, interconnect, cluster and cooling systems), HPC system software, HPC applications, solutions and services, grid computing, cloud computing, big data analytics and Quantum computing. Under the National Supercomputing Mission, C-DAC's PARAM series of supercomputers with a cumulative computing power of 24 PF have already been deployed at various premier academic institutions across the nation. . In-house developed hardware components in the form of Reconfigurable Computing System (RCS) cards specific for particular scientific applications have accelerated them many folds. 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 activities carried out by the Bioinformatics Group at C-DAC have been a major driver of High Performance Computing Applications. The Bioinformatics Resources and Applications Facility (BRAF) has been pivotal in providing dedicated supercomputing infrastructure for Life Science researchers across India. The HPC-based tools and databases developed by the group have led to several national and international collaborations with leading research groups as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The group continues to be at the forefront in providing leadership for development of applications under National Supercomputing Mission.

The group has 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), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai, National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, Central Council of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), New Delhi and industries like Lupin Ltd. Pune.

Registration Fees*:

Category Early Bird Fees Fees
Student ₹ 3500 /- ₹ 4500 /-
Academic / Govt. ₹ 4500 /- ₹ 5500 /-
Industry ₹ 5500 /- ₹ 6500 /-

*Fees are inclusive of GST


Important Dates

Events Dates
Registration Starts 16th October 2023
Early Bird Registration Ends 1st December 2023
Registration Ends 5th January 2024
Abstract and Poster Deadline 5th January 2024
  • There are Limited seats, Registration will be on a First Come First Serve basis.
  • Registration will be closed as soon as the seats get full.


BRAF Users Special Discount

For BRAF users a special discount will be offered for existing BRAF user (Valid BRAF users already accessing BRAF on or before 9th October 2023). Only one discount will be given at a time.

It is compulsory to submit a poster to avail BRAF user discount.

To avail BRAF user discount download the form and send the duly filled scanned form along with IMPS/NEFT/UPI transaction receipt, institute's authorization letter or ID card photocopy duly signed and stamped by the HOD to ab2024@cdac.in. In subject line kindly mention "AB2024: BRAF Users Form -{BRAF account login name}"

Example: Subject: AB2024: BRAF User Form - vivekg


Group Registration Discount

To avail group (10+ participants) registration discount kindly email ab2024@cdac.in for further details.

Registration Closed

Alternatively, the applicant can also send the form along with all attachments through Post to following address:

Convenor: Dr. Rajendra Joshi
Kind Attn: Ms. Jyoti Chougule
HPC- Medical and Bioinformatics Applications Group,
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Innovation Park,
Panchavati, Pashan, Pune - 411 008, India.
Tel: 020-25503272 (10:00 am to 5:00PM)
Email: ab2024@cdac.in

Symposium Venue

The Orchid Hotel
Adjacent Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex,
Pune - Bangalore Road, Balewadi,
Pune, Maharashtra 411045


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 January 12, 2024.

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

The posters would be evaluated by the judges and the best few posters would be selected for "Young Speaker Program".


Abstract Guidelines

  • The title should summarize the abstract and convince that the topic is important.
  • Provide the names and department affiliation of all authors who contributed to the work being presented as a poster.
  • Name of presenting author should be underlined and certificate will be given only to presenting author.
  • Italicize your faculty mentor’s name and provide the department affiliation.
  • The word limit is 250 words.
  • Use font Calibri, font size 12 and line spacing 1.2.
  • The document should be submitted as a MS Word document (doc). A pdf is not acceptable.
  • Email your abstract to ab2024@cdac.in



For accommodation, the participant can approach the below mentioned hotels directly for bookings and payments on their own.

The Orchid Hotel would be providing exclusive discounted tariff for the participants.

The Orchid Hotel
Adjacent Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex,
Pune - Bangalore Road, Balewadi,
Pune, Maharashtra 411045
Contact Person Lalan Kumar
Sr. Sales Manager
Mob - 7738360382 / Phone: (20) 67914040
Hotel Tip Top International
S/No 153, Wakad, Mumbai Pune Expressway,
Near Wakad Bridge, Hinjewadi,
Pune, Maharashtra 411057
Contact Person: Rakesh Kumar Singh
Senior Sales Manager
Mobile: 9112007711, Phone: 020 - 63 11 11 11
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