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Important News

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With a little over a week to go there are a number of important updates.

  • The conference program has been finalised. Please download the PDF here. If you are presenting a poster your poster ID number is superscripted after the title.
  • The workshop schedule has been finalised. Registration is open until the 19th October 2012.
  • The shuttle bus schedule has been finalised.
  • The access section now has a walking route between the hotels (except Tatsu-no-yu) and the venue.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 06:38

Journal publication

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"Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal (CSBJ)" will be the forum for the publication of selected papers from the ‘Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering (FOSBE Conference 2012)’. This special issue will comprise up to 20 open-access research articles. CSBJ will waive the publication charges covering 20 research articles for the FOSBE 2012 conference special issue."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:40

Workshop News

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Please note that the workshop has moved to the 25th October 2012, the exact schedule and content will be announced shortly. As a result registration has moved to 16:00 on the 21st October 2012. This means that we will not supply lunch on the 21st October.

You can request lunch on the 25th during the workshop registration. Although the free workshop is affiliated with FOSBE 2012 it is independent, and open to non-delegates. Space is limited to 40 people, on a first-come first-served basis.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 August 2012 03:56


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We cordially invite you to Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering (FOSBE) to be held in Tsuruoka, north-west Japan, October 21st-25th, 2012. FOSBE is an international conference that addresses emerging challenges and opportunities in systems biology with a particular emphasis on engineering approaches and applications. The primary objectives of FOSBE are to provide an in-depth review and critical assessment of the current state-of-the-art, to discuss current and future needs of research, education and training, and to identify new directions in systems biology. The overseeing body Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering (CACHE) was founded in 1969 to promote computational skills in academic, government and industrial chemical engineering and is currently supported by around 140 academic institutes worldwide. FOSBE was originally scheduled for October 2011 but we postponed the conference due to the Earthquake and Tsunami in North-East Japan. As Tsuruoka lies on the opposite coast of Northern Japan, the effects of the disaster were minimal.

We hope you can come to Tsuruoka for this exciting conference, experience the local Shonai culture and play a part in reinvigorating the Tōhoku region.

Conference Venue

The Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University, is an academic research institute pioneering the new life science field of "Systems Biology", using both experimental and computational biology. There are several groups working in collaboration, focusing mainly on genome biology and engineering, genome design and synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, proteomics, metabolomics, RNA biology, bioinformatics and computational biology. Using cutting-edge technologies, intracellular components can be analyzed comprehensively to construct computer simulation models that can find numerous applications in fields such as biomedical, environmental, and agricultural science. Experimental and computational facilities are located in Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture, in northern Japan while the SFC campus, in the Tokyo area, hosts the bioinformatics laboratory and most undergraduate curricular activities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:29

Scientific Program

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Invited speakers

Hiroaki Kitano, Director, The Systems Biology Institute. Systems biomedicine and their computational platforms

Frank Doyle, Professor, Mellichamp Chair in Process Control. UC, Santa Barbara. "Biomarker Identification for PTSD using Computational Systems Biology Studies"

Hanspeter Herzel, Professor of Theoretical Biology, Charité, Humboldt University, Berlin. "Systems Biology of the Circadian Clock"

Wen-Lian Hsu, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, "Protein structure and function prediction"

JohnJoe McFadden, Professor of Molecular Genetics, University of Surrey. "Metabolomics of the TB bacillus: what does it eat?"

Corrado Priami, President and CEO, University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology. "Mastering complexity of biological processes"

Tomoyoshi Soga, Professor Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University. "Biomedical Research by CE-MS metabolomics"

Hiroki Ueda, RIKEN CDB, "Systems and Synthetic Biology of Biological Timings"

Jung Kyoon Choi, Professor of Omics and Systems Genetics, KAIST. "Genetic architecture of transcription and chromatin regulation"

Teruo Fujii, Head of Applied Microfluidic Systems Laboratory, University of Tokyo. "Heterogeneity matters ? - Microfluidic approaches to Hi-Fi analyses"

Hirotada Mori, Professor of Systems Microbiology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology.  "Functional profiling of the E.coli genes in long-term stationary phase"

David de Graaf, Selventa, USA. "Predicting drug response in individual patients: a systems approach"

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Delaware. "Biological Control Systems: Dynamics & Control in Systems Biology"

Jorg Stelling, Professor of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zurich. "Towards automated generation of systems biology models"

Michael Stumpf, Professor of Theoretical Systems Biology, Imperial College London. "The Noisy Dynamics of Cellular Information Processing"

Shoji Takeuchi, Head of Biohybrid Systems Laboratory, University of Tokyo. "Artificial Lipid Bilayer Systems for High-throughput Membrane Protein Assays"

Mike Henson, Professor, Director of the Center for Process Design and Control, and Co-director of the Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research , University of Massachusetts Amherst. "Multicellular Modeling of Intercellular Synchronization in Circadian Neural Networks"

Yoshiaki Ohashi, Director Human Metabolome technologies, "Current Advances of Biomarker Business in HMT"


Include but are not limited to:

  • Systems Dynamics
  • Computational Approaches to Complex Systems
  • Medical Systems Biology
  • Microbial Systems Biology
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Genome Design
  • Next Generation tools for Systems Biology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Network Biology
  • Biological Complexity

The scientific agenda will therefore reflect new engineering approaches to acquiring, processing and modelling large scale datasets. Topics include, but are not limited to advances in omic technology, integrative modelling, engineering approaches in biosciences (single cell/molecule measurements, microfluidics), noise, cellular dynamics and biological networks. Along with our international steering committee we are now putting together an exciting program. In addition we will have lectures from internationally renowned Systems Biologists who will talk at the beginning of each session. The end of each session will be devoted to up-and-coming scientists and students selected from abstracts. Selected speakers are also requested to present a poster and may be eligible for the FOSBE presentation award. The poster sessions will be held next to the main auditorium. A FOSBE 2012 schedule can be downloaded here.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 06:36


"Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal (CSBJ)" will be the forum for the publication of selected papers from the ‘Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering (FOSBE Conference 2012)’. This special issue will comprise up to 20 open-access research articles. CSBJ will waive the publication charges covering 20 research articles for the FOSBE 2012 conference special issue."