The 3rd International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation, June 6 - 7, 2011
San Diego Convention Center, Co-located with the Design Automation Conference

Workshop Website:

The International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) brings together
researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design
automation communities. The focus is on concepts, methodologies, and
software tools to enable the computational analysis of biological systems
and the synthesis of biological functions. Still in its early stages, the
field of synthetic biology has been driven by experimental expertise; much
of its success can be attributed to the skill of the researchers in specific
domains of biology. There has been a concerted effort to assemble
repositories of standardized components. However, creating and integrating
synthetic components remains an ad hoc process. The field has now reached a
stage where it calls for computer-aided design tools. The electronic design
automation (EDA) community has unique expertise to contribute to this
endeavor. This workshop offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion,
with the aim of seeding collaboration between the research communities.

Tracks of interest include:
- Design methodologies for synthetic biology.
- Standardization of biological components.
- Automated assembly techniques.
- Computer-aided modeling and abstraction techniques.
- Engineering methods inspired by biology.
- Domain specific languages for synthetic biology.
- Data exchange standards and models for synthetic biology.

The workshop will be held on June 6 - 7, 2011 at the San Diego Convention
Center, co-located with the Design Automation Conference, the premier
conference in the field of electronic design automation with over 10,000
attendees. Registration information will be posted on the workshop webpage:

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Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be two pages long, following the ACM SIG Proceedings
templates at
Indicate whether you would like your abstract considered for a poster
presentation, an oral presentation, or both. Include the full names,
affiliations and contact information of all authors. 

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Those that are selected
for oral and poster presentations will distributed to workshop participants
and posted on the workshop website. 

Abstracts should be submitted by April 5th at:


IWBDA 2011 Collection in PLoS ONE

IWBDA 2011 will have an associated journal special collection in the
interdisciplinary open access journal PLoS ONE. Abstract authors will be
specifically invited and encouraged to submit to this collection, although
submission is open to any paper describing work on IWBDA tracks of interest.
Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed according to PLoS ONE standard
editorial policies.


Key Dates

Call for participation published: January 24th, 2011
Abstract submission deadline: April 5th, 2011
Abstract acceptance notification: May 1st, 2011
Workshop: June 6th & 7th, 2011


Invited Speakers

Adam Arkin, UC Berkeley
Christopher Voigt, UCSF
Erik Winfree, Caltech


Executive Committee 
General Chair: Douglas Densmore, Boston University
General Secretary: Leonidas Bleris, UT Dallas
Program Committee Chairs:  Xiling Shen, Cornell; Smita Krishnaswamy, Columbia
Publication Chair: Jacob Beal, BBN Technologies
Industry Liaison Chair: Jonathan Babb, MIT
Finance Chair: Natasa Miskov-Zivanov, University of Pittsburgh


Program Committee

J. Christopher Anderson, UC Berkeley; Adam Arkin, UC Berkeley; Jacob Beal,
BBN Technologies; Jonathan Babb, MIT; Leonidas Bleris, UT Dallas; Kevin
Clancy, Invitrogen; Douglas Densmore, Boston University; Drew Endy,
Stanford; Abhishek Garg, Harvard University; Soha Hassoun Tufts; Mark
Horowitz Stanford; Alfonso Jaramillo, Ecole Polytechnique; Yannis Kaznessis,
University of Minnesota; Eric Klavins, University of Washington; Tanja
Kortemme, UCSF; Smita Krishnaswamy, Columbia; Natasa Miskov-Zivanov,
University of Pittsburgh; Kartik Mohanram, Rice; Chris Myers, University of
Utah; Jean Peccoud, Virginia Tech; Andrew Phillips, Microsoft Research; Mark
Riedel, University of Minnesota; Herbert Sauro University of Washington;
Xiling Shen, Cornell; David Thorsley, University of Washington; Christopher
Voigt, UCSF; Ron Weiss, MIT; Erik Winfree, Caltech; Chris Winstead, Utah
State University;