Video bioinformatics, which enables the intelligent analysis of live imaging data at varying spatial and temporal resolutions, provides an understanding of the dynamic and continuous nature of biological processes. It promises to be an important research tool to address challenges in many areas of life and computational sciences.
The first book to review this emerging interdisciplinary field was published in December by Springer. Titled 'Video Bioinformatics: From Live Imaging to Knowledge,' the book was edited by Bir Bhanu, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and Prue Talbot, professor of cell biology and director of the Stem Cell Center and Core at UCR. The book integrates expertise from the life sciences, computer science and engineering to enable breakthrough capabilities in understanding and quantifying continuous life processes. Most of the chapters reference a video that can be viewed on YouTube.
The book was produced as part of an NSF-funded Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) program in video bioinformatics at UCR. Some chapters deal with work that keynote speakers presented at retreats sponsored by this program while most of the chapters describe the work done by Ph.D. fellows selected to participate in the IGERT program, who were supported by UCR faculty from across campus.