The annual BIOKDD workshop is an established forum for researchers and practitioners of Biomedical Informatics and Data Mining to explore cutting-edge techniques and to exchange ideas and experiences. BIOKDD has been successfully held in conjunction with SIGKDD for 17 years.
Bioinformatics is the science of managing, mining, and interpreting information from biological data. Various genome projects have contributed to an exponential growth in DNA and protein sequence databases. Rapid advances in high-throughput technologies, such as microarrays, mass spectrometry and new/next-generation sequencing, can monitor quantitatively the presence or activity of thousands of genes, RNAs, proteins, metabolites, and compounds in a given biological state. The ongoing influx of these data, the pressing need to address complex biomedical challenges, and the gap between the two have collectively created exciting opportunities for data mining researchers.
While tremendous progress has been made over the years, many of the fundamental problems in bioinformatics, such as protein structure prediction, gene-environment interaction, and regulatory network mapping, have not been convincingly addressed. Besides these, new technologies such as next-generation sequencing are now producing massive amounts of sequence data; managing, mining and compressing these data raise challenging issues. Finally, there is a pressing need to use these data coupled with efficient and effective computational techniques to build models of complex biological processes and disease phenotypes. Data mining will play an essential role in addressing these fundamental problems and in the development of novel therapeutic/diagnostic/prognostic solutions in the post-genomics era of medicine.