Biomolecular Computation:

Its Potential and Applications

Program Chair: John Reif, (Project), Computer Science Dept, Duke University,

Location of Meeting: Room 340, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1145, Arlington, VA 22203.

Date: October 1, 1999, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Meeting URL:


To Register (prior registration requested, at no cost)

Registration List

Nearest airport: Washington/Reagan (previously known as National Airport).

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Arlington Ballston, 4670 N Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia. Phone: 703-243-9800. A block of single and double rooms at $109.95/night will be held under the meeting code "NSF-BMC meeting" from Sept 30-Oct 3, 1999. The deadline for hotel reservations at these rates was Sept 15, but there may be more remaining. This hotel is 2 1/2 blocks from the meeting location at NSF.

Collaborative Biomolecular Computation Projects in Europe, Japan, & the US.

**Speakers Note: Talk Abstract Requested.

Each speaker should also email to a text message with Subject: "NSF-BMC Workshop Talk Abstract" and with message body containing the following URL (no attachments, please):

Talk Abstract URL:

The "Talk Abstract URL" should be a URL to a web location where you have uploaded a text document of approx. 10-200 words providing an abstract of your talk.

Reminder: Please devote at least half of your talk to future directions and new applications of your research.

Speakers should also verify that your Talk title and URL information is correctly entered; please check both the Registration List and the Agenda.


Description of the Meeting:

Biomolecular Computation (also known as DNA computation) is an interdisciplinary field, which uses biotechnology, such as recombinant DNA techniques, to do computation. The goal of the meeting is to discuss the future directions of this emerging field. We will discuss the applications of BMC, particularly those applications beyond solution of combinatorial search problems, and the potential for scaling up to large scale experimental prototypes (see list of topics below). Also, we will discuss interdisciplinary collaborations.

This meeting would be attended by leading researchers in Biomolecular Computation and by program managers from NSF, DARPA, ONR, NSA and other agencies. There are 21 invited speakers (see Agenda), who will each give 15 minute presentations, with a 5 minute question period and open discussion after each talk. These presentations are posted on the web via URLs in the Agenda.


The topics include

During lunch, there will be an overview talk and open discussion of the Current Biomolecular Computation Projects in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the US.

The meeting will end with an open discussion of:

the Future Potential and Applications of Biomolecular Computation.