Ceramah Ilmiah Tentang Bioinformatika dari Faculty of Computer Science UNB Canada.

Pada tanggal 24 September 2010 akan diadakan ceramah ilmiah yang disampaikan oleh dosen tamu dari Faculty of Computer Science University of New Brunswick Canada, Dr. Virendra C. Bhavsar. Ceramah akan diadakan di Aula Jurusan Matematika Kampus FMIPA Jatinangor pada pukul 13.00 – 14.00. Poster (A3) dapat diunduh disini. Untuk penjelasan lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi Setiawan Hadi di 08122323328, setiawanhadi@unpad.ac.id. Berikut ini abstrak ceramah dan juga CV ringkasnya.

BIOINFORMATICS: OPPORTUNITES AND CHALLENGES
Dr. Virendra C. Bhavsar
Professor and Director, Advanced Computational Research Lab.
Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3, Canada

Visiting Professor
Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)
Pune University campus, Ganeshkhind, Pune, MH, 411007, India

Bioinformatics refers to computing and mathematical approaches used to understand many biological processes. Bioinformatics research work includes mapping and analysis of DNA and protein sequences, comparison of DNA and protein sequences and modeling of protein structures. It focuses on the development and application of computationally intensive techniques such as data mining, machine learning and parallel computing. Major applications include diagnosis of diseases, drug discovery and gene therapy.
In this talk, current developments in bioinformatics are reviewed, and opportunities as well as challenges in bioinformatics are identified. Our research related to the Canadian Potato Genomics project is summarized with the lessons learned while working in the bioinformatics field over last five years.

Virendrakumar (Virendra) C. Bhavsar received the B.Eng. (Electronics and Telecommunications) from University of Poona, India, and the M.Tech. (Electrical Eng.) and Ph.D. (Electrical Eng.) degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Dr. Bhavsar was a faculty member at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of technology, Bombay from 1974-83. Since 1983 he has been at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, where he is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science. He was the Dean of the Faculty from 2003-08. He is also the founding Director of the Advanced Computational Research Laboratory that houses a high performance computing cluster serving the university and the region.

He co-led the bioinformatics component of the Canadian Potato Genomics project. He has been also involved in the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet) – about $30 million high performance computing initiative in Atlantic Canada.

He has organized many national and international conferences/workshops. He was the Chair, IEEE New Brunswick Section for 1999-2002.

He has authored over 150 research papers in journals and conference proceedings and has edited three volumes. His current research interests include parallel and distributed processing, artificial intelligence applications in e-Business, e-Learning and bioinformatics, and the semantic web.

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