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Guest Editors' Introduction to the Special Section on Bioinformatics Research and Applications

Ion I.
Yi Pan
Alexander Zelikovsky

Pages: pp. 513-514


About the Authors

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Ion I. Măndoiu received the MS degree from Bucharest University in 1992 and the PhD degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000, both in computer science. Between 2000 and 2003, Dr. Măndoiu was a postdoctoral researcher and then a research scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles and at the University of California at San Diego. Currently, he is an assistant professor with the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is the author of more than 60 refereed journal and conference articles. His main research interests are in the design and analysis of approximation algorithms for NP-hard optimization problems, particularly in the areas of bioinformatics, design automation, and ad hoc wireless networks. Dr. Măndoiu is a founding cochair of the ACIS International Workshop on Self-Assembling Wireless Networks (SAWN) and has served as program committee chair or cochair for several conferences, including the 2007 ACM/IEEE System Level Interconnect Prediction Workshop (SLIP), the 2007 International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA), and the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM). He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications and is a guest editor for the IEEE Transactions on Nanobiotechnology, the International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, and the Journal of Universal Computer Science. He received the US National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award in 2006.
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Yi Pan received the BEng and MEng degrees in computer engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. He is the chair and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at Georgia State University. His research interests include parallel and distributed computing, optical networks, wireless networks, and bioinformatics. Dr. Pan has published more than 100 journal papers with more than 30 papers published in various IEEE journals. In addition, he has published more than 100 papers in refereed conferences (including IPDPS, ICPP, ICDCS, INFOCOM, and GLOBECOM). He has also coedited more than 30 books (including proceedings) and contributed several book chapters. His pioneer work on computing using reconfigurable optical buses has inspired extensive subsequent work by many researchers and his research results have been cited by more than 100 researchers worldwide in books, theses, journal and conference papers. He is a co-inventor of three US patents (pending) and five provisional patents and has received many awards from agencies such as the NSF, AFOSR, JSPS, IISF, and Mellon Foundation. His recent research has been supported by the NSF, NIH, NSFC, AFOSR, AFRL, JSPS, IISF, and the states of Georgia and Ohio. He has served as a reviewer/panelist for many research foundations/agencies such as the US National Science Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Australian Research Council, and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. Dr. Pan has served as an editor-in-chief or editorial board member for 15 journals including five IEEE transactions and a guest editor for 10 journals, including the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and the IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience. He has organized several international conferences and workshops and has also served as a program committee member for several major international conferences, such as INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, ICC, IPDPS, and ICPP. Dr. Pan has delivered more than 10 keynote speeches at many international conferences. He was an IEEE Distinguished Speaker (2000-2002), a Yamacraw Distinguished Speaker (2002), a Shell Oil Colloquium Speaker (2002), and a senior member of the IEEE. He is listed in Men of Achievement, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Computational Science and Engineering, and Who's Who of Asian Americans.
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Alexander Zelikovsky received the PhD degree in computer science from the Institute of Mathematics of the Belorussian Academy of Sciences in Minsk, Belarus, in 1989 and worked at the Institute of Mathematics in Kishinev, Moldova (1989-1995). Between 1992 and 1995, he visited Bonn University and the Institut für Informatik in Saarbrüken, Germany. Dr. Zelikovsky was a research scientist at the University of Virginia (1995-1997) and a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles (1997-1998). He is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Georgia State University, which he joined in 1999. He is the author of more than 140 refereed publications. Dr. Zelikovsky's research interests include bioinformatics, discrete and approximation algorithms, combinatorial optimization, VLSI physical layout design, and ad hoc wireless networks. He is a founding cochair of the ACIS International Workshop on Self-Assembling Wireless Networks (SAWN) and the International Workshop on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (IWBRA). He is program committee cochair of the 2007 International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA). He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications and is a guest editor for the LNCS Transactions on Computational Systems Biology, the IEEE Transactions on Nanobiotechnology, the International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, and the Journal of Universal Computer Science. Dr. Zelikovsky received the best paper award at the joint Asia-South Pacific Design Automation/VLSI Design Conferences in 2003 and the best poster awards at the Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology in 2005 and the Fifth Georgia Tech International Conference on Bioinformatics in 2005.
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