History of Data Structures in Bioinformatics

Launched in 2014, the workshop "Data Structures in Bioinformatics" has been organized once a year by members of the DSB community to discuss recent advances in the field.

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Montpellier, Hérault, France, White Tree building (credit: Photo by Guillaume Bleyer on Unsplash)

Early years (backwards)

From Montpellier to Dortmund ...

  • DSB 2019 – 5th workshop on Data Structures in Bioinformatics, Dortmund, Ruhr Metropolitan Area, Germany, February 5-6, 2019 organizers: Johannes Fischer (TU Dortmund), Johannes Köster (University of Duisburg-Essen), and Sven Rahmann (University of Duisburg-Essen).
  • DSB 2018 – 4th workshop on Data Structures in Bioinformatics, Helsinki, Finland, May 16–17, 2018 organizers: Veli Mäkinen (Univ. Helsinki), Simon J. Puglisi (Univ. Helsinki)
  • DSB 2017 – 3rd workshop on Data Structures in Bioinformatics, Amsterdam, Nederlands, February 21-22, 2017 organizers: Jasmijn Baajiens (CWI Amsterdam), Alexander Schönhut (CWI Amsterdam)
  • DSB 2016 – 2nd workshop on Data Structures in Bioinformatics, Bielefeld, Germany, February 23-24, 2016. organizers: Guillaume Holley (Bielefeld Univ.), Roland Wittler (Bielefeld Univ.), Jens Stoye (Bielefeld Univ.), Eric Rivals (CNRS Montpellier)
  • DSB 2014 – 1st workshop on Data Structures in Bioinformatics, Montpellier, France, December 8-9, 2014. organizers: Eric Rivals (CNRS Montpellier), Alberto Policriti (Univ. Udine, IT), Simon J. Puglisi (Univ. Helsinki).
DSB was preceded by a Mini-Workshop on the Storage, Search and Annotation of Multiple Similar Genomes, held in Bielefeld University, on December 9-10, 2013.

Amsterdam, The Nederlands, Houses along a canal (credit: Photo by Robin Benzrihem on Unsplash)

Hosting institutions

Reknown universities and scientific institutes have generously hosted DSB:



Up to now, DSB has beneficiated from the support of scientific programs in which the organizers are or were involved in. If you want to support the organization of the next workshop, contact us.

  • Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR), grant Pe-2013-0012, UA Ruhr Professorship of Sven Rahmann
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Veni grant "Fully reproducible workflows scaling from workstations to the cloud" to Johannes Köster
  • Research group "Algorithmic Foundations and Education in Computer Science" headed by Johannes Fischer
  • Helsinki Institute for Information Technology.
  • European Project BIRDS: Bioinformatics and Information Retrieval Data Structures Analysis and Design.
  • EU COST SeqAhead project.
  • "Défi Mastodons" project from CNRS to Eric Rivals.