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The tree of life: algorithmic and software challenges

Monday 17th December 2007 - 10:00 to 11:00
INI Seminar Room 1
Session Chair: 
Vincent Moulton

The Tree of Life initiative -- to reconstruct the evolutionary history of all organisms -- is the computational grand challenge of evolutionary biology. Current methods are limited to problems several orders of magnitude smaller and also fail to provide sufficient accuracy at the high end of their range.The Cyberinfrastructure for Phylogenetic Research (CIPRes) project, whcih is funded by a $11.6M Information Technology Grant from the US National Science Foundation, is a multi-institutional project whose goal is to help develop the computational infrastructure for evolutionary biologists so that they can analyze large datasets. In this talk, I will describe the work done by the CIPRES project towards these objectives, and will address some of the interesting and pressing problems that will remain.

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