The richly diverse field of ``genome informatics'' touches everything
that is related, in one way or another, to genomes and to informatics.
The papers contained in this volume demonstrate its broad and growing
impact. From algorithms to atoms, from z-buffers to zygotes, genomics
and informatics today have grown to span almost all aspects of the
life sciences and draw on almost all resources of computer science.
The growth of the ``International Conference on Genome Informatics''
reflects the growth of the field as a whole. In its early beginnings
as GIW it was one of the first pioneers at the dawn of bioinformatics.
Today its scope includes all work that is ultimately devoted to the
computational understanding of biological systems on a molecular
This volume of Genome Informatics is edited from papers presented at
Yebisu Garden Place in Tokyo, Japan, from December 16--18, 2002. The
37 members of the Program Committee of GIW 2002 received a record
number of submissions: 56 papers for oral presentation, 174 poster
presentations, and 9 software demonstrations. Each submitted paper
was considered by an average of 4 and a minimum of 3 members of the
Based on the reports from the Program Committee members, the 23 papers
in this volume were accepted for presentation at the conference. The
Program Committee gave the Best Paper Award to ``Marginalized Kernels
for RNA Sequence Data Analysis'' by Taishin Kin, Koji Tsuda, and
In addition, the poster presentations and software demonstrations were
reviewed by the editors (Richard H. Lathrop, Kenta Nakai, Satoru Miyano, Toshihisa Takagi, and Minoru Kanehisa) for relevance. The abstracts of the 167
accepted posters presentations and 8 accepted software demonstrations
are included in this book.
This book also contains abstracts from the two invited speakers:
Yoshiyuki Sakaki of RIKEN GSC and the University of Tokyo, and Sorin
Istrail of Celera Genomics. Yoshiyuki Sakaki discussed ``Comparative
Genomics for Understanding Ourselves''. Sorin Istrail spoke on the
topic of ``Inferring Gene Transcription Networks''.
We would like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors:
Bioinformatics Center, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto
University; Human Genome Center, Institute of Medical Science,
University of Tokyo; and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on
Priority Areas ``Genome Information Science'', Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. The poster and
software demonstration session is organized and sponsored by Japanese
Society for Bioinformatics (JSBi)
Please note that the electronic version of Genome Informatics 2002
will be available from the Japanese Society for Bioinformatics
(http://www.jsbi.org/journal.html). The accepted papers for oral
presentation will soon be indexed by Medline. We look forward to a
full and interesting conference.
Richard H. Lathrop
Program Committee Co-Chairs