This issue of Genome Informatics contains twenty-three accepted full
papers presented at the Fourth International Workshop on Bioinformatics
and Systems Biology held in Kyoto from May 31st to June 3rd, 2004.
This unique student-focused workshop has been developed as a part of a
collaborative program in bioinformatics involving three leading research
institutes: Boston University in the U.S., Humboldt University Berlin in
Germany and Kyoto University in Japan.
This workshop started in 2001 to provide graduate students and
young researchers with opportunities to present and discuss their
research objectives, approaches and new results in bioinformatics.
Previous meetings of this workshop had been held in either the U.S. or
Germany; this being the first time that the workshop was held in Japan.
A new paper selection procedure was adopted this year, consisting of
paper submission, review and acceptance for publication.
Considering the student-focused nature of this workshop, out of the
twenty-six submissions, twenty-three have been selected for
publication in this proceedings, having been reviewed by at least two
program committee members.
These twenty-three papers will soon be indexed in Medline, and the
electronic versions of these papers are freely available
from the website of the Japanese Society for
Temple F. Smith
Program Committee Co-Chairs
First of all, we would like to thank the authors who put in much effort in
preparing their manuscripts.
We appreciate the program committe members for their time and
effort devoted to the process of selecting papers.
We further appreciate the local organizing committee members for
assisting us in the arrangements for the workshop venue.
Special thanks are due to the workshop editorial office members for
their excellent work, especially, Mizuho Wada and Hideo Bannai.
Finally, this event would not have been possible without the support and
sponsorship of the Bioinformatics Center (Kyoto University),
the Human Genome Center (University of Tokyo), the Bioinformatics Program
(Boston University), the Graduate Program "Dynamics and Evolution of
Cellular and Macromolecular Processes" (Germany), the Education and
Research Organization for Genome Information Science (Japan), the Kyoto
University 21st Century COE Program "Knowledge Information
Infrastructure for Genome Science" and the Japanese Society for