Tuesday, February 16, 2010

IDS: School of Informatics works in India to improve research

IU’s School of Informatics at IU-Purdue University Indianapolis and the National Institute of Technology Calicut in India are working to increase international research opportunities.

The institutions co-founded the first International Symposium on Biocomputing that is taking place today until Wednesday in Calicut, India. There will be lecturers and presenters from 14 different countries who will focus on bioinformatics and biotechnology.

Mathew Palakal, associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the School of Informatics, had the idea for the symposium after a trip to NITC in April 2009.

During his trip he spoke with colleagues at NITC, and they realized that international divides cause barriers when sharing knowledge and research. They created the symposium to improve research in the areas of bioinformatics and biotechnology.

“Bioinformatics and biotechnology are really two sides of the same coin,” Palakal said in an IU press release. “The more we are able to blur boundaries and integrate practices, the more meaningful and effective our research and its impact on the quality of human life becomes.”

Graduate students Rini Paul and Satishkumar Ganakammal were selected to participate in the event as presenters. Their papers will join with more than 100 other international student submissions.


(By Lindsey Erdody: IDS Reports: 2/15/2010)