SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 6

February 7, 2018
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from: ANTS Conference <>
date: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 6:24 PM
subject: CfP: ANTS 2018, Swarm Intelligence, Eleventh International Conference

ANTS 2018
Eleventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
October 29–31, 2018. Rome, Italy
Up-to-date information at

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2018
Camera ready copy: June 29, 2018
Conference: October 29–31, 2018


from: Rebecca Segal <>
date: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 2:15 PM
subject: BAMM! Biology and Medicine through Mathematics! May 30 – June 1

Conference Announcement: BAMM! Biology and Medicine through Mathematics!
May 30 – June 1, 2018

Registration and Abstract submissions are now open!

This Mathematical Biology conference will be held at Virginia Commonwealth
University in Richmond, VA from Wednesday, May 30 to Friday, June 1, 2018.
The conference will consist of plenary talks, break-out sessions, and a poster
session. We welcome participation from researchers at all academic levels
working in mathematical biology. Travel award funding from SIAM has been
secured. Additional NSF funding is pending.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Gerda de Vries, University of Alberta
Trachette Jackson, University of Michigan
John Tyson, Virginia Tech
Sebastian Schreiber, University of California, Davis

Important Dates:
Abstract Submissions
Deadline 3/7/2018
Travel Award Deadline 3/7/2018
Registration Deadline 4/10/2018

Organizing Committee: David Chan, Laura Ellwein Fix, Cheng Ly, Reed Ogrosky,
Angela Reynolds, Suzanne Robertson, and Rebecca Segal



from: Hao Wang <>
date: Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:47 PM
subject: 6th G. J. Butler Memorial Conference, U Alberta, July 23-27

Conference website:

The Sixth G. J. Butler International Conference on Differential Equations and
Population Biology will be held on the University of Alberta campus, Edmonton,
during July 23-27, 2018.

The scientific scope of the Butler conference covers two important fields of
research. In differential equations, the scope covers ODEs, PDEs, FDEs, and
abstract dynamical systems. The scope on population biology has grown from the
traditional ecology to include microbiology, epidemiology, physiology, cell
biology, systems biology, immunology and other medical applications. With
researchers from two research fields in close contact for a concentrated
period, the Butler conference presents a unique opportunity to promote and
nurture cross-disciplinary collaborations and interdisciplinary research. Many
of the plenary speakers are world leaders in interdisciplinary research.

An important tradition of the Butler conference is its emphasis on promoting
research and training of graduate students and young researchers. Special funds
are designated for the reduction of registration fees for all HQP participants
and for accommodation support for selected HQP participants. The regional,
national and international network that has formed through the Butler
conference series will be extremely beneficial for graduate students and young

Hope to see you in Edmonton.

Hao Wang (Chair),
Michael Li,
Zhongwei Shen,


from: Tony Nance <> via
date: Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 2:34 PM
subject: MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium, February 14

MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium
Wednesday February 14, 2018 at Noon Eastern Time

Alan Hastings (Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of
California, Davis)

Dynamics and Control of Spatial Ecological Populations

Details of how to participate can be found on the National Colloquium webpage
To view this live event you will need to register on the event page. You may
register at any time

Future Online Colloquia
March 21 Philip Maini Modelling Collective Cell Motion in Biology
April 18 Marc Suchard High-dimensional Phenotypes on Evolutionary Trees:
Efficient Algorithms and New Models


from: John Pezaris <>
date: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 11:26 AM
subject: CfA: AREADNE 2018, 20-24 June, Santorini, Greece

Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensembles
Nomikos Conference Centre, Santorini, Greece
20-24 June 2018

We would like to remind you that abstracts for poster presentation at
AREADNE 2018 are coming due shortly.

AREADNE 2018 will once again bring scientific leaders from around the
world to present their theoretical and experimental work on the
functioning of neuronal ensembles in an informal yet spectacular
setting, and with a relaxed pace that emphasizes interaction.

Please see the Call for Abstracts for additional details, including
links for templates, at

Submissions of abstracts for poster presentations are due by 9 Feb
2018; notifications will be provided by 13 March 2018. We strongly
encourage potential attendees to submit an abstract as presenters have
registration priority.

We hope to see you at AREADNE 2018!


from: Giuseppe Nicosia <>
date: Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 12:22 PM
subject: Advanced Course on Data Science & Machine Learning, Siena, July 19-23

Advanced Course on Data Science & Machine Learning – ACDL 2018
An Interdisciplinary Course: Data Science, Machine Learning &
Artificial Intelligence without Borders

ACDL 2018 – A Unique Experience:
Data Science & Machine Learning with the World’s Leaders
in the fascinating atmosphere of the ancient Certosa di Pontignano
Certosa di Pontignano, Siena – Tuscany, Italy, July 19-23, 2018

* EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Saturday March 31, 2018


from: Mario Pavone <>
date: Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 4:50 PM
subject: META’2018: International Conference on Metaheuristics and Nature …

International Conference on Metaheuristics and Nature Inspired Computing

27-31 Oct 2018
Marrakech, Morocco


from: Richard Schugart <>
date: Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 5:22 PM
subject: Correction: Math. of Multiscale Biology, 2-6 Jul, U Nottingham

The subject header for
should say “The mathematics of multiscale biology” summer school takes
place at the University of Nottingham.


from: Springer <>
date: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 4:05 PM
subject: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Vol. 80, Issue 2 – New Issue Alert



from: <>
date: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 2:36 PM
subject: WIREs Syst Biol Med Content Alert (New Articles)

Please see


from: Erik De Schutter <> via
date: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 8:23 PM
subject: Postdoc/programmer position in reaction-diffusion modeling, OIST

The Computational Neuroscience unit ( at the Okinawa
Institute of Science and Technology, Japan has an opening for a postdoctoral
researcher or technician in software development and computational modeling of
stochastic neuronal reaction-diffusion processes. Initial duration is two years
with an option to extend.

The hired postdoctoral researcher or technician is expected to make valuable
contributions to the STEPS project ( in two ways:
1) by researching molecular neuronal processes and designing novel techniques
and routines for accurate computational modeling of such systems, and 2)
contributing to realistic applications of the new techniques in biological
modeling studies. In performing these tasks, the candidate is expected to
contribute to publications that are either based on theory and computational
techniques, or geared more towards answering real biological questions through
computational modeling. As such the ideal candidate will have a scientific
background but also possess good programming skills.

There will be many opportunities to interact with other STEPS developers in our
lab and also other researchers working on related cerebellar projects, and also
to collaborate on STEPS development with the Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Geneva.


For the postdoctoral position a recent PhD is required in a relevant discipline
such as neuroscience, molecular biology, biophysics or biochemistry, and for a
technician a masters degree is required in a similar discipline or computer
science. For either position, we require a talented programmer with experience
in C++ and Python. It is preferred that the candidate has some experience of
modeling neuronal or other biological processes computationally, but this is
not essential if the candidate has a strong enough interest in moving into the
field. Fluent English conversation and writing skills are required.

Benefits / Offer:

A competitive salary and relocation package are offered. This an ideal position
to gain experience in a prominent computational neuroscience lab. Contributions
of technicians are honored by authorship on relevant publications.

Please contact Prof. Erik De Schutter ( for inquiries.


from: Jaekyoung Kim <>
date: Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 6:58 PM
subject: Postdoc: Circadian clock, Sleep and Cognition, KAIST, Korea

Title:Postdoc: Circadian clock, Sleep and Cognition, KAIST, Korea

A postdoc is sought to join a HFSP-funded project to study analog cortical
computations in linguistic processes. A collaboration with Naama Friedmann
(TAU) and Remi Monasson (ENS). Ideal candidates have a flair for (some)
language, come from a background we have not thought of and seek to get to
places where they have not been, at the crossroads between neuroscience,
complex systems, and poetry.

The Kim Lab ( at the Korea Advanced
Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)’s Department of Mathematical
Sciences has announced a postdoctoral fellow to join a HFSP-funded project:
development a mathematical model and performing data analysis to investigate
the function of the circadian clock to mediate sleep-regulated neurophysiology
and cognition in collaboration with an optogenetic lab (U of Düsseldorf) and
sleep labs (U of Michigan and U of Groningen). The position is supported by
Human Frontier Science Program (
It will be renewed yearly subject to satisfactory performance.

Candidates should have experience in the mathematical modeling of biological
systems and an understanding of biochemical kinetics and cell biology. Data
analysis experience (e.g. Machine learning) is recommended, but not required.

For inquiries, please contact Prof. Jae Kyoung Kim via email at Applications, including a full CV, a cover letter
explaining suitability for the position, and the names and addresses of two
referees should be sent to Prof. Kim.


from: Aleksander Popel <>
date: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 4:37 PM
subject: Postdoctoral Position: Computational Immuno-Oncology, Johns Hopkins U

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Immuno-Oncology
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Oncology
Johns Hopkins University

•Seeking an independent and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Popel’s
laboratory in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Oncology, The Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine.
•The successful candidate will join a team that combines computational,
experimental and clinical researchers using computational systems biology and
systems pharmacology to discover mechanisms of immuno-oncology and
•Specific skills include strong computational modeling of signaling pathways
and multiscale modeling from signaling pathways to tumor scales; knowledge of
immunology is a plus.
•Applicant must have a doctoral degree with a demonstrated record of innovative
scientific accomplishments as evidenced by first-author papers published or
accepted in premier journals.
•Qualified candidates must be able to work independently, demonstrate
outstanding communication skills, have a strong commitment to science, and work
well within a group.
• US citizens, permanent residents or holders of an F1/OPT visa with at least
six months of work authorization left.

Johns Hopkins University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to
diversity. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

How to apply: Email curriculum vitae and names of three references to: Dr. A.S.
Popel, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins
University, Baltimore, MD 21205. E-mail


from: NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <>
date: Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 3:01 PM
subject: NIH Update: NIH inclusion policies; clinical trials FAQs; 2018 …

NIH Update: NIH inclusion policies; clinical trials FAQs; 2018 NIH regional

See .


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