[robotics-worldwide] CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AND POSTERS: RSS 2009 Workshop (Half Day) on Protein Structure, Kinematics, and Motion Planning

Lydia Tapia ltapia at cs.tamu.edu
Sat Apr 25 11:11:06 PDT 2009

RSS 2009 Workshop (Half Day)
on Protein Structure, Kinematics, and Motion Planning

In conjunction with the Robotics: Systems and Sciences Conference (RSS)
Monday 29 June 2009, 8:30am-12:30pm
Seattle WA

We welcome participation from experts, non-experts, researchers,
students, and industry and will encourage lively discussion and
posters of current research from all participants. Our goal is to
explore the many connections between robotics and protein modeling and
will feature speakers who work in robotics and computational
structural biology.  Proteins play an essential role in many
biochemical processes including: catalyzing biochemical reactions,
having structural or mechanical functions, and undergoing critical
conformational changes that affect their functionality.  We will focus
on three concepts vital to the simulation of proteins: structure,
kinematics, and motions. Speakers from robotics and computational
structural biology will talk about their current research.  They will
ensure that the biological topics can be well understood, even by

Confirmed Speakers:
David Baker (U. Washington)
   Topic- High resolution protein structure prediction
Greg Chirikjian (JHU)
   Topic-  Mathematical models of folded and unfolded protein ensembles
David Hsu (NUS)
Lydia Kavraki (Rice Univ.)
Lydia Tapia (TAMU)
   Topic-  From robots to proteins: randomized motion planning for 
high-dimensional problems

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
-Protein Structure
  -Energy Functions
  -Structure Prediction
-Protein Kinematics
  -Stochastic and Deterministic Methods
  -Relationship with Robotics
-Protein Motion Planning
  -Protein Folding
  -The Application of Robotic Motion Planning

The key points for discussion include, but are not limited to:
-The future research directions of protein-based research topics that
  merge biology and robotics.
-The background required to delve into protein-based research
-The current state of the art in combined biological and robotics
  protein-based problems.

We welcome workshop attendees to bring posters related to the workshop
topics. If you are planning on bringing a poster and would like your
information posted on the workshop website, please email the workshop
organizers (rss09workshop at cse.tamu.edu) the following information
about the poster:

     * Title
     * Author(s)
     * Presenter's Name
     * Abstract
     * Bio
     * Links to any relevant papers/references

Details on the workshop can be found online:

For more information please contact the organizers, Nancy Amato (Texas
A&M Univ.), Mark Moll (Rice Univ.), Lydia Tapia (Texas A&M Univ.), at:
rss09workshop at cse.tamu.edu

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