[BioC] BioConductor Developer Workshop Lausanne 2008 Info

Darlene Goldstein Darlene.Goldstein at epfl.ch
Fri Feb 15 14:38:36 CET 2008


Here is an update of information on the BioConductor Developer Workshop, to be
held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 24-25 April 2008.  If you have already
registered, you should receive an email with this information, please let me
know if you did not get it.  The most up to date information is on the wiki page
And there are still places available, please send me an email if you are
interested in registering.

Best regards,



BioConductor Developer Workshop 2008

24 - 25 April 2008, Lausanne, Switzerland.

This meeting is aimed at active developers as well as prospective developers
interested in improving package writing skills and contributing to the
BioConductor project.


The meeting will take place at the University of Lausanne, in room Amphimax 414
(Quartier Sorge), with English as the working language. The closest metro stop
is Unil-Sorge (NOT Unil-Dorigny). Detailed directions to the University (in
English) are available at http://www.unil.ch/acces/page36432_en.html

Travel and registration

The meeting will start on the morning of Thursday 24 April, so you should plan
to arrive by the evening before. The closest airport is in Geneva.
Accommodation information is provided below.

Please indicate your interest in attending by sending an email to darlene dot
goldstein at epfl dot ch (dot = . ; at = @). Registration is free, but the
number of participants is limited to 50. It will be helpful for scheduling if
you indicate topics of interest, including additional suggestions if you don't
see them listed here.

Programme topics

    * Exploitation of existing libraries I: ImageMagick for image processing and
analysis - Wolfgang Huber
    * Exploitation of existing libraries II: String matching for fext generation
sequencing data - Martin Morgan
    * Exploitation of existing libraries III: Affymetrix File Parsing SDK -
Henrik Bengtsson/Kasper Daniel Hansen
    * Working with large datasets I: Affymetrix SNP array 6.0 - Benilton
    * Working with large datasets II: Exon arrays - Crispin Miller
    * Working with large datasets III: - Henrik Bengtsson (TBC)
    * Parallel processing in R - Richard Pearson
    * Database interactions are intrinsically useful, and provide a strategy for
dealing with some types of large data: the annaffy package and its use of SQLite
database functionality - Sean Davis
    * Object relational managers and R - Sean Davis
    * Plans for a new tool to replace AnnBuilder - Martin Morgan
    * org.species and homology annotation packages as infrastructure for package
developers - James McDonald
    * Accessing web-based resources, Biomart and XML - Steffen Durinck (TBC)
    * R Webservices - Misha Kapushesky, Karim Chine
    * Representation and data structures for new (non-microarray) data I - Vince
Carey, Martin Morgan
    * Representation and data structures for new (non-microarray) data II:
cell-based assays and the cellHTS2 package - Wolfgang Huber

Flashlight Session

Each attendee (especially those not speaking above) is encouraged to give a
5-10min (<=3 slides) intro to (one of) the packages they're working on.


The University can obtain a discount rate from some of the local hotels:

    Hotel des Voyageurs (http://www.holidaycityeurope.com/comfort-lausanne/),
approx 127.50CHF, is in downtown Lausanne on a pedestrian street

    Hotel du Parc (http://www.leparc.ch/), approx 145 CHF, is in Ecublens a few
metro stops from the University.

To obtain the discount we must book the room for you. If you want to book one of
these, then please send an email as soon as possible to Muriel.Metrailler AT
unil DOT ch, letting her know which hotel you prefer, what days you need and
how many in the room (single or double). If booking a double room, only 1 email
with both names is necessary. Alternatively, you are free to make your own
lodging arrangements; if you do so, please email Darlene.Goldstein AT epfl DOT
ch so that we know you are already taken care of.

Getting to Lausanne

The closest airport is in Geneva. There is a train station at the airport
(Geneva Airport, NOT Geneva), with 3-5 trains per hour to Renens VD and
Lausanne. You can plan your train journey (in English) at
http://www.sbb.ch/en/index.htm You can also change the language to German,
French or Italian.

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF), equivalent to
approximately 0.90 US dollar, 0.60 Euro, or 0.45 British pounds sterling.
Exchanging money is very easy in Switzerland, you can change money at major
train stations (including at the airport) and banks, or at cash machines using
debit or credit cards.

About Lausanne

Lausanne, the capital of the Swiss canton Vaud, is a hilly city located on the
shore of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. It
is the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, and home to several
museums, parks and other attractions.

Local information is available from the following web sites (the main page is in
French, but you can change the language by clicking on one of the flags at the
top of the page):

        * http://www.lausanne.ch/ Official site of the city of Lausanne
        * http://www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/ Lausanne Tourist Office

Other Questions?

If you have any other questions, please email Darlene.Goldstein AT epfl DOT ch.

We look forward to your participation!

Program Committee: Wolfgang Huber, Robert Gentleman, Rafael Irizarry, Jim
McDonald, Sean Davis, Vince Carey, Martin Morgan, Li Long

Local Organizer: Darlene Goldstein

Darlene Goldstein
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Institut de mathématiques
Bâtiment MA, Station 8        Tel: +41 21 693 0528
CH-1015 Lausanne              Fax: +41 21 693 4303

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