The 28th International Conference on Genome Informatics Workshop (GIW) / BIOINFO 2017 will be held in Seoul, Korea from October 31st to November 3rd, 2017. It is with great pleasure to announce that we are consolidating BIOINFO, the official annual meeting of Korean Society for Bioinformatics (KSBI), to the conference this year. This year's conference is expected to attract a greater range of foreign scholars and provide a forum for wider exchange of knowledge and information.

Genome Informatics Workshop (GIW) is the longest running international bioinformatics conference, which has provided unique opportunities that bridge theory and experiments, academia and industry, and East and West. In recent years, GIW-InCoB2015 was held in Tokyo and GIW2016 in Shanghai.

This conference will include broad spectrum of all new technologies in Next Generation Sequencing and analytical process after NGS. The scope includes detailed work which is devoted to the computational understanding of biological systems on a molecular basis. This will guide the audience to learn new applications, systems biology and directions of future research.

In today’s world, all areas of society have embraced the age of big data and artificial intelligence. Google has invested great efforts to develop powerful yet affordable technologies in big data processing to open a gateway towards an era of big data. They have recently developed AlphaGO, an artificial intelligence specializing in the game of Go, and successfully defeated Lee Sedol of Korea and Ke Jie of China in a confrontation of the century marking the arrival of the artificial intelligence era.

Currently, all areas of society including global industries, governments, and academics are talking about the future of big data and artificial intelligence and focusing on the results that they can provide. Therefore, we believe that the role of the KSBI, which has been leading the research on bio-big data and artificial intelligence, is more important now than ever. I also feel a great sense of responsibility and will do my best to fully employ all resources available to our society to provide our members with the most up-to-date and useful information.

Accordingly, the remarkable development in big data technologies is making a huge impact on life sciences and medicine. Through efforts led by the United States, over 10,000 whole genome sequencing results of the human genome have been reported and plans for more than 2 million whole genome sequencing have been established. Such feat marks the beginning of humanity’s big push towards perfecting precision medicine. Reflecting such trends, we have set the theme of the conference this year as “From Big Data to Biology and Medicine.”

The First GIW was held at Kikai Shinko Kaikan, Tokyo during December 3-4, 1990 as an open workshop just before the Japanese Human Genome Project started in 1991. Thus, it has a history of 24 years. Since 1993, GIW changed to an international conference. GIW 2000 had more than 500 participants and it was no longer a "workshop". From 2001, the first year of 21st Century, the name of this annual meeting was changed to "International Conference on Genome Informatics" while keeping GIW as its acronym because the name GIW was stablished in the community.

Thank you all for your support of GIW/BIOINFO 2017 in making it a foundation for profound academic discussions and exchange of information. We are delighted to give you a warm welcome to South Korea!

  • Sanghyuk Lee, Ph.D.Conference Co-Chair
  • Limsoon Wong, Ph.D.Conference Co-Chair
  • Keun Woo Lee, Ph.D.Conference Co-Chair

Key Dates

  • > Full paper submission deadlineFriday, June 30, 2017
  • > First notification to the authorsMonday, July 31, 2017
  • > Revised submission deadlineTuesday, August 15, 2017
  • > Camera-ready submission deadlineThursday, August 31, 2017
  • > Poster submission deadlineSaturday, September 30, 2017
  • > Notification of acceptanceSaturday, October 7, 2017
  • > Conference dateTuesday - Friday, October 31 - November 3, 2017
  • > Early RegistrationJuly 1 - August 31, 2017