The ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) is a primary forum for applied computer scientists and application developers from around the world to interact and present their work. SAC 2009 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP) and is presented in cooperation with other ACM Special Interest Groups. For more information on ACM SAC 2009, please visit:

Bioinformatics Track
A large part of the information to support biological and biomedical research is available in an increasingly wide variety of rapidly-growing decentralized databases. The challenge is to obtain information and knowledge from these databases using innovative computational approaches to support and promote biological and biomedical research. One example of such a computational challenge is in identifying biological pathways using data, information, and knowledge scattered over heterogeneous databases. Computational tools using system-theoretic approaches are needed to model metabolic pathways, signal-transduction pathways, genetic regulatory circuits and biological systems.

By comparing the genomes and pathways of several species at a high level, we hope to understand how stable biological systems have evolved. Over the last few years, microarray data have provided many insights into the transcriptome and into cellular functions. These data are now increasingly complemented by mass spectrometry data of the proteome, whose analysis poses new computational challenges.

Track Topics:
* Algebraic Biology
* Bioinformatics for diseases
* Computational genomics and systems biology
* Data visualization and visual analytics
* Databases & Data Integration
* DNA assembly, clustering and mapping
* Errors and inconsistencies in biological databases
* Gene Expression/regulation & Microarrays
* Genomes and protein analysis
* High-performance bio-computing
* Integrative approaches for drug design
* Integrative data and text mining approaches
* Life sciences databases and ontologies
* Machine learning, data integration and data mining in the life sciences
* Molecular sequence analysis, modeling and simulation
* Parallel architectures and algorithms for biological applications
* Pathways, Networks, Systems Biology
* Prediction and integration of metabolic and regulatory networks
* Protein & RNA Structure and Function
* Protein-protein Interactions, prediction, and Molecular Networks
* Query processing and optimization for biological data
* Semantic web for the life sciences
* Sequence Analysis & Alignment, Assembly
* SNPs and Haplotyping
* Structural and functional bioinformatics
* System Biology and Modeling
* Virtual cell modeling

SAC 2008All submissions should represent original and previously unpublished works that are currently not under review in any conference or journal. Both basic and applied research papers are welcome.

Important Dates:  
Abstract Due: August 23, 2008 (extended)
Paper Due:

August 23, 2008 (extended)

Author Notification:

October 11, 2008

Camera-Ready Due: October 25, 2008

Paper Registration and Submission Guidelines
Authors must register their intent to submit a paper using the conference management system, eCMS system: Authors will use this system for further paper submission and other correspondence.

All papers should represent original and previously unpublished works that are currently not under review in any conference or journal. Both basic and applied research papers are welcome.

The paper should not be more than 15 pages long using 11-point font and 1 inch margins on all four sides on letter size paper. Papers that fail to comply with length limitations risk rejection.

The author(s) name(s) and address(s) must NOT appear in the body of the submitted paper, and self-references should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review required by ACM. All submitted papers must include the paper identification number on the front page, above the title of the paper provided to you by the eCMS when you register your paper.

All enquiries and questions should be directed to the Track Chairs. Additional details are available at the track home page at and at the conference home page at

Conference Paper Publication

All papers will be fully refereed and undergo a blind review process by at least three referees. The conference proceedings will be published by ACM. Hence, all accepted papers should be submitted in ACM 2-column camera-ready format for publication in the symposium proceedings. The final version of the paper should not be more than 5 pages long. An additional 3 pages are allowed with a charge of 80USD per extra page. Final Camera-ready submissions must follow the template available at:

Journal Paper Publication Expanded version of 4-5 top ranking papers will be accepted for publication in the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics ( Authors will be contacted after the presentation of these papers at the SAC Conference in Hawaii.

Poster Publication
of Selected Papers A set of selected papers will be accepted as poster papers by invitation only and will be published as short papers in the symposium proceedings.

Track Chairs
Mathew J. Palakal
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Rajaraman Kanagasabai
Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore