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

Ion I. Mandoiu
Yi Pan
Alexander Zelikovsky

Pages: pp. 321-322


About the Authors

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Ion I. Mandoiu 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, he was a post-doctoral researcher and then research scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles and at San Diego. Since 2003, he has been with the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where he is currently an associate professor. 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, areas in which he has authored more than 60 refereed journal and conference proceeding papers. He has also coedited (with A. Zelikovsky) the book Bioinformatics Algorithms: Techniques and Applications published in the Wiley Book Series on Bioinformatics. Dr. Mandoiu is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and of the International Society for Computational Biology. He has served as general and program committee chair for numerous international workshops and conferences, including the International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA) and the System Level Interconnect Prediction Workshop (SLIP). He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications, and is a guest editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, the IEEE Transactions on Nanobiosciences, the International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, and the Journal of Universal Computer Science. Dr. Mandoiu received the best paper award at the joint Asia-South Pacific Design Automation/VLSI Design Conferences in 2003, and the best poster award at the Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology in 2005. He is a 2006 recipient of the US National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.
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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, Pennsylvania, 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. Dr. Pan's research interests include parallel and distributed computing, networks, and bioinformatics. Dr. Pan has published more than 100 journal papers with 37 papers published in various IEEE journals. In addition, he has published more than 100 papers in refereed conferences. He has also authored/edited 34 books (including proceedings) and contributed many book chapters. 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 and is a speaker for several distinguished speaker series. He is listed in Men of Achievement, Who's Who in 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 from 1989-1995. Between 1992 and 1995, he visited Bonn University and the Institut fur Informatik in Saarbrueken, Germany. Dr. Zelikovsky was a research scientist at the University of Virginia from 1995-1997 and a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1997-1998. He is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Georgia State University, which he joined in 1999. Dr. Zelikovsky's research interests include bioinformatics, discrete and approximation algorithms, combinatorial optimization, VLSI physical layout design, and ad hoc wireless networks. He is the author of more than 150 refereed publications and coeditor (with I. Mandoiu) of the book Bioinformatics Algorithms: Techniques and Applications published in the Wiley Book Series on Bioinformatics. Dr. Zelikovsky is the 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 and 2008 International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA). He also serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications and Advances in Bioinformatics, and is a guest editor for the LNCS Transactions on Computational Systems Biology, the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, the IEEE Transactions on Nanobiosciences, and the Journal of Universal Computer Science. Dr. Zelikovsky received the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize in 2007, 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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