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Views of Bio-IT 2013

By IEEE Life Sciences Staff

Exhibition Hall

IEEE Life Sciences was at the Bio-IT 2013 Conference this year! If you were at the Conference, you may have seen us at Booth 407 in the Exhibit Hall. Or you may have attended Track 4 (Bioinformatics) or Track 11 (Collaborations and Open Access Innovations), where we chaired the Thursday AM sessions. We are happy to have had the opportunity to meet many of you – and to welcome new members to the Life Sciences Community. In case you missed the Conference, we’ve included some photo shots and impressions for you.


This was the 12th year for the Conference. Held in Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center, it attracted over 2600 attendees. Keynote presentations were given daily in the Center’s Auditorium. Technical sessions were conducted in 12 parallel tracks during the course of the Conference. The Auditorium was also the venue for Track 4, where we chaired the Thursday AM session.

Track 4

The Exhibition hall was the showplace for over 100 booths and a Poster display. We were impressed by the number and range of exhibitors whose products or services related to cloud computing or large-cluster computing. Clearly big data has come to Bio! Volunteers from the IEEE Boston Section and staff greeted hudreds of attendees at Booth 407.

Exhibit Hall

While the exhbition, posters, and technical presentations were obvous means of communication and education during the Conference, we observed that the lobbies were also serving as informal meeting locales. Indeed, it was difficult to move at times due to the impromptu huddles taking place!


Through our presence at technical sessions and our booth, we welcomed the opportunity to spread the word about IEEE and our Life Sciences Community.

Xue-Wen Chen
Xue-Wen Chen chaired a session of Track 11. Xue-Wen is a member of the Life Sciences Leadership Team.

Bruce Hecht (left) is a member of the Life Sciences Leadership Team, and organized our presence at Bio-IT. Bruce is pictured with Lee Moffitt, Managing Editor of the Life Sciences Newsletter.

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