Welcome to MatBio 2018

Special Issue

Folowing the success of MatBio 2018, a Special Issue is being produced for the Journal of Discrete Algorithms. Guest editors are Neerja Mhaskar, W. F. Smyth and Steven Watts.

Submission is open and available here.

Speaker Presentations

We are pleased to report that MatBio 2018 was indeed a great success! Many thanks to all those that attended and especially to the speakers for their excellent talks. Due to high levels of demand, we have made available the presentation slides for those speakers that are able to make their talks available for the general public. Please see the links below:

Prof. Rolf Apweiler
Bioinformatics Goes Translational: Infrastructural Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data and Precision Medicine

Mary Astrinaki
An Open and Interactive Pipeline for Variant Discovery and Downstream Exome Sequencing Data Analyses

Dr. Vaibhav Bhardwaj
Accelerating Genomic Data Analysis in a Secure and Scalable Cloud Environment

Ahmad Retha
Dictionary Matching in Elastic-Degenerate Texts with Applications in Searching VCF Files On-line

Student Conference

The students of the Algorithms and Data Analysis research group at King’s College London, invite post-graduate and post-doctoral students to the Student Conference on Mathematical Foundations in Bioinformatics (MatBio) on August 2nd 2018, sponsored by the Department of Informatics at King’s College London.

We are now inviting students to submit abstracts to be considered for 20 minute oral presentations. Abstracts consist of a short summary of the work which is intended to be presented, and must be submitted by 3rd July using the abstract submission form below. Suitable topics for presentation include:

  • Sequence Analysis
  • Genomic Variation and Disease
  • Haplotypes and Population Genomics
  • Protein and RNA Analysis, Structure, and Dynamics
  • Metagenomics
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Systems Biology
  • Phylogenetics
  • Biological Networks and Integrative Analysis
  • Computational Drug Discovery
  • Biological Modelling
  • Text Mining and Classification
  • Advancing Algorithms and Methods
  • Big Data in Bioinformatics

We endeavour to provide travel and accommodation support, with priority given to those succesfully submitting an accepted abstract application. Applications for travel support must be submitted by 10th July.

Registration to attend the conference is free, and we strongly encourage students to attend, to benefit from the excellent networking opportunities and potential for driving further research. The previous years of MatBio in 2016 and 2017 have been huge successes, and we intend to carry this success forward to 2018.

We are kindly sponsored by the King's College London Department of Informatics, Seven Bridges Genomics, and Repositive.


The aim of MatBio 2018 is to further enable communication between early stage pioneers in the field and established academics. In particular we aim to enable the following:

  • Showcasing research
  • Academic networking
  • Future collaborations
  • Career advancement


We expect this event will inspire professional networking, collaboration and future advancements in the careers of the postgraduates involved.


We welcome abstract submissions from various areas that may be related to the theme of Bioinformatics, including any of the below topics:

  • Combinatorics
  • Algorithmics
  • Data Analysis
  • Statistics & Mathematics

Student Applications

Submit an Abstract Apply for Travel Support Register to Attend