The Second COBRA Workshop on Biological and Chemical Information Technologies (BioChemIT2012) was held on 6th September 2012 as part of Unconventional Computation & Natural Computation 2012. The conference was held in the beautiful setting of the University of Orleans (France) and was hosted by the Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale d'Orléans (LIFO).
The full-day workshop was very popular and was attended by about 40 people, at times there was standing room only. Eleven papers were presented illustrating the breadth of work in the field from wet lab work to computer simulations. Presenters ranged from well established researchers to very early career researchers.
The plenary lecture was given by Professor Susan Stepney, Director of the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA), on the subject of 'Sub-symbolic artificial chemistries'. The interesting and stimulating lecture outlined work carried out in the Centre developing an Artificial Chemistry and was followed by a lively discussion.
The day concluded with a panel session on Technology Governance and Roadmapping introduced by a presentation from Dr. Jane Calvert. Dr. Calvert, who is a member of Innogen; the Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics and is based at the University of Edinburgh, spoke about her invlovement in the writing of the UK Government's Synthetic Biology Roadmap for the UK and the role of roadmapping.
Professor John McCaskill, who is leading the development of the COBRA roadmap, then presented the draft COBRA Roadmap for Biological and Chemical Information Technology. A lively discussion about both the role of roadmapping in general and more particularly the scope and meaning of the COBRA roadmap followed.
Professor Stepney's presentation Sub-symbolic artificial chemistries can be viewed here.
Dr. Calvert's presentation Governing and imagining the future: reflections on the UK synthetic biology roadmap can be viewed here.
Further information about the roadmapping project within COBRA can be found on the Roadmap area of this website.
Benes et al.: Evolutionary search in engineered bacterial population. Abstract and Slides.
Goni Moreno and Amos: Engineering multicellular logic through conjugation. Abstract.
Lui et al: Optimizing for open-ended complexity in simulated prebiotic evolution. Abstract and Slides.
Ieropoulos et al.: Towards MicroBRAIN. Abstract and Slides.
Holley et al.: Neural isomorphisms of adaptive Belousov Zhabotinsky encapsulated vesicles. Abstract and Slides.
Jones et al.: Autonomous droplets: From neurons to muscles. Abstract.
Luo et al.: Selecting self-assembly pathways. Abstract and Slides.
Abraham et al.: Selective propagation of Belousov-Zhabotinsky waves in milliscale channels. Abstract and Slides.
Landrain et al.: De novo automated design of RNA logic circuits. Abstract.
Gordon-Smith; SimSoup: Molecular structures designed for network memory and evolution. Abstract and Slides.
McCaskill et al.: MICREAgents: Microscale Chemically Reactive Electronic Agents. Abstract.