5th International Workshop

on Bio-Design Automation

Late registration available; space is limited. See updated Program for Location information


The Fifth International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) co-located with SB6.0 will bring together researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities. The focus is on concepts, methodologies and software tools for the computational analysis of biological systems and the synthesis of biological systems.

Still in its early stages, the field of synthetic biology has been driven by experimental expertise; much of its success can be attributed to the skill of the researchers in specific domains of biology. There has been a concerted effort to assemble repositories of standardized components. However, creating and integrating synthetic components remains an ad hoc process. The field has now reached a stage where it calls for computer-aided design tools. The electronic design automation (EDA) community has unique expertise to contribute to this endeavor. This workshop offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion, with the aim of seeding collaboration between the research communities.

IWBDA is organized by the non-profit Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC). BDAC is an officially recognized 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

Topics of interest include:

Keynote Speakers:


Hudson Robotics
Agilent Technologies
ACS Synthetic Biology
Raytheon BBN Technologies


Student scholarships are available for IWBDA. Please see this PDF for details on how to apply.

The application deadline has passed. Very limited funds may still be available and are processed on a rolling basis.


Late registration is available, but space is limited.

Free registration codes have been provided to scholarship recipients.

Any questions or comments can be sent to the Finance Chairs.

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Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be two pages long, following the ACM SIG Proceedings templates at http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates. Indicate whether you would like your abstract considered for a poster presentation, an oral presentation, or both. Include the full names, affiliations and contact information of all authors. Any overlap between an abstract submitted to the IWBDA and abstracts presented by the authors at SB6.0 should be explicitly stated in the text.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Those that are selected for oral and poster presentations will distributed to workshop participants and posted on the workshop website.

Call For Abstracts full pdf (revised April 25, 2013)

Abstracts should be submitted by April 26th May 3rd at: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iwbda2013.

IWBDA 2013 ACS Synthetic Biology Special Issue

We would like to invite all attendees to submit original work to the "IWBDA 2013" special issue, edited by Dr. Douglas Densmore, Boston University, to be published in ACS Synthetic Biology. ACS Synthetic Biology has the highest editorial standards, offers rapid publication of your research findings and imposes NO author submission, page, color, or cover art charges. We are looking for high quality submissions, for peer-review, as either short Letters or full-length Articles. The submission deadline is August 31st, 2013. If you wish to submit your research to the ACS Synthetic Biology "IWBDA 2013" Special Issue, please see the ACS Synthetic Biology Invitation for instructions on preparing your manuscript.

Key Dates

Dates and Venue

July 12-13, 2013. The workshop will take place following BioBricks Foundation SB6.0: The Sixth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology at Imperial College, London, UK.

Lodging during the conference will be available at Imperial College and at hotels close by.

The Schedule can be found on the Program and Posters page.

Organizing Committee

Executive Committee
Steering Committee

Past Years