Inspired by the workshop on Probabilistic Modeling and Machine Learning in Structural and Systems Biology organized in Finland in 2006, the first MLSB workshop was organized in Evry in September 2007. Following its success, the second MLSB workshop was organized in Brussels in September 2008.
Both workshops were attended by about 80 researchers (each) interested in applying machine learning to systems biology, who gathered and exchanged experiences and research ideas in a very fruitful two-day single session event. The scientific program was based on invited talks given by internationally renowned speakers, oral presentations of peer-reviewed original works, as well as poster sessions. Revised versions of (selected) papers are (being) published in BMC Proceedings.
The unanimous opinion of the attendees and organizers was that MLSB should become a recurrent annual event, keeping the same single session format. It should also alternate between co-location with Machine Learning and Systems Biology events: MLSB 2010 should thus be co-located with ICSB to take place in Edinburgh in October 2010.