August 21-25, 2012

Hosted by the

Department of Statistics

Center for Theoretical Biological Physics

Gulf Coast Consortia for Bioinformatics


Rice University, Houston, Texas

This conference will focus on emerging trends within the field of systems biology with a focus on the statistical methodologies and probability models that are most valued within the field. Special attention will be given to emerging challenges in systems biology, such as exploring the role of cancer stem cells in tumor development and progression, characterizing the systems pathways in inflammation which trigger sepsis, models of antibiotic resistance, and many other challenges in genetics and evolution.

Conference activities will be held in the BioSciences Research Collaborative building on the campus of Rice University. The first four days (August 21-24) include symposia and a poster session, and the final day (August 25) symposia with roundatble discussion ("break-out sessions"). Lodging will be provided by the Hilton Houston Plaza / Medical Center Hotel.



  • Poster Abstracts:
    • Registered participants who did not submit a poster abstract before the deadline, may still post a poster during the poster session on Friday (provided spaxce is available). Send request to
    • Conference Registration:
      • Online (and on-site during the conference) registrations are still being accepted through August 25. Late registration fees apply.
    • Lodging Reservations:
      • Rooms are currently available at the conference hotel (Hilton Houston Plaza), but there is no guarantee of a room and/or the prefered conference rate.

ICSP2012 News & Updates

  • 3/12/2012 - Another day (Tuesday, August 21) has been added to the conference to accomodate the growing number of speakers and expanded sessions. A final schedule will be availble by the end of March.
  • A printed version of the Conference Program will be distributed with your name badges at the conference registration desk.
  • Travel Scholarships for Graduate Students & Post-Doctoral Fellows
    All conference travel awards have been issued.
  • Arrival at Bush International Airport - Transport to the Hilton Hotel/Rice University
    The most economical method of ground transport from the airport to the conference is via SuperShuttle service. The roundtrip fare is ~$48/person.
  • Houston Weather
    It is likely to be very HOT and HUMID in Houston during the conference. Houston Weather from NWS.

Symposia Topics

  • Systems Biology, Genetics and Evolution: New Challenges for Stochastic Dynamics
  • Stochastic Processes for New Biology
  • Stochasticity of Cell Differentiation and Cell Fates
  • Stochastic Models of Cancer
  • Stochastic Gene Expression and Intracellular Signaling Pathways
  • Self-Organization, Epigenetics & Evolution
  • Branching Processs in Population Biology and Genetics
  • Stochastic Theory for Biochemical Systems