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This article is part of the supplement: Eleventh International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB2012): Bioinformatics

Open Access Introduction

InCoB2012 Conference: from biological data to knowledge to technological breakthroughs

Christian Schönbach12*, Sissades Tongsima3, Jonathan Chan4, Vladimir Brusic5, Tin Wee Tan67 and Shoba Ranganathan68*

Author affiliations

1 Department of Bioscience and Bioinformatics, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka 820-8502, Japan

2 Biomedical Informatics Research and Development Center, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka 820-8502, Japan

3 National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand Science Park, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand

4 School of Information Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

5 Cancer Vaccine Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA

6 Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117597, Republic of Singapore

7 Computational Resource Centre (A*CRC), A*STAR, Singapore 138632, Republic of Singapore

8 Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

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BMC Bioinformatics 2012, 13(Suppl 17):S1  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-S17-S1

Published: 13 December 2012

Abstract

Ten years ago when Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network held the first International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) in Bangkok its theme was North-South Networking. At that time InCoB aimed to provide biologists and bioinformatics researchers in the Asia-Pacific region a forum to meet, interact with, and disseminate knowledge about the burgeoning field of bioinformatics. Meanwhile InCoB has evolved into a major regional bioinformatics conference that attracts not only talented and established scientists from the region but increasingly also from East Asia, North America and Europe. Since 2006 InCoB yielded 114 articles in BMC Bioinformatics supplement issues that have been cited nearly 1,000 times to date. In part, these developments reflect the success of bioinformatics education and continuous efforts to integrate and utilize bioinformatics in biotechnology and biosciences in the Asia-Pacific region. A cross-section of research leading from biological data to knowledge and to technological applications, the InCoB2012 theme, is introduced in this editorial. Other highlights included sessions organized by the Pan-Asian Pacific Genome Initiative and a Machine Learning in Immunology competition. InCoB2013 is scheduled for September 18-21, 2013 at Suzhou, China.