Protein Structure, Kinematics, and Motion Planning

RSS 2009 Workshop
Monday, June 29th, 2009

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RSS 2009 Workshop
Monday, June 29th, 2009

Husky Union Building (map), Room 200AB
University of Washington Campus

About This Workshop

Proteins play an essential role in many biochemical processes. They can catalyze biochemical reactions, have structural or mechanical functions, and undergo critical conformational changes that affect their functionality. This workshop will explore the many connections between robotics and protein modeling and will feature speakers who work in robotics and computational structural biology. We will focus this exploration through three concepts vital to the simulation of proteins: structure, kinematics, and motions. These concepts have been addressed with techniques from robotics. For example, protein motions have been explored through techniques from robotic motion planning. Speakers will talk about their current research, and they will ensure that the biological topics can be well understood, even by non-experts.


Monday (June 29, 2009)

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Protein Structure
    • Models
    • Energy Functions
    • Structure Prediction
  • Protein Kinematics
    • Stochastic and Deterministic Methods
    • Relationship with Robotics
  • Protein Motion Planning
    • Protein Folding
    • The Application of Robotic Motion Planning

The key points for discussion include, but are not limited to:
  • The future research directions of protein-based research topics that merge biology and robotics.
  • The background required to delve into protein-based research problems.
  • The current state of the art in combined biological and robotics protein-based problems.


This workshop is offered as part of the 2009 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference. Registration details are available from the conference website at:

Student scholarships are being offered from the conference.



This workshop is offered as part of the 2009 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference.

This workshop is sponsored in part by the Parasol Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University.

For More Information

Please contact the workshop organizers, .