>CSCBC 2009

>Someone raised the good point that I had forgotten to mention the origin of the talks I had made notes on last week, which is a very important point for several reasons. Although the conference is over, it was a neat little conference which deserves a little publicity. Additionally, it’s now in planning for it’s fifth year, so it’s worth mentioning just in case people are interested but weren’t aware of it.

The full title of the conference is the Canadian Student Conference on Biomedical Computing, although I believe the next year’s title will also be expanded to include Biomedical Computing and Engineering explicitly. (CSCBCE 2010) This year’s program can be found at http://www.cscbc2009.org/, and my notes for it can all be found under the tag of the same name.

As for why I think it was a neat conference, I suppose I have several reasons. It doesn’t hurt that one of the organizers sits in the cubicle next to mine at the office, and that many of this years organizers are friends through the bioinformatics program at UBC/SFU. But just as important (to me, anyhow), I was invited to be an industry panelist for the conference for the saturday morning session and to help judge the bioinformatics poster session. Both of those were a lot of fun. (Oddly enough, another memver of the industry panel was one of my committee members, and he suggested I would probably graduate in the coming year in front of a room of witnesses…)

Anyhow, back to the point, CSCBCE 2010 is now officially in the planning, and the torch has formally been passed along to the new organizers. I understand next year’s conference is going to be held in May 2010 at my alma matter, the University of Waterloo, which is a beautiful campus in the spring. (I strongly concur with their decision to host it in May instead of March, by the way. Waterloo is typically a rainy, grey and bleak place in March.) And, for those of you who have never been, Waterloo now has it’s own airport. I’m not sure if I’ll be going next year – especially if I’ve completed my degree by then, but if this year’s attendance was any indication of where the conference is heading, it’ll probably be worth checking out.

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