The papers in this volume were presented at Genome Informatics Workshop V, which is currently organized as a part of the activities of the Genome Informatics Research Project (Minoru Kanehisa, Principal Investigator), supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (MESC) of Japan. The workshop was held at the Pacific Convention Plaza in Yokohama from December 19th to 20th, 1994.

The workshop invited Tom Marr (CSHL), Amos Bairoch (Geneva University) and Steve Bryant (NCBI) as invited speakers. The workshop consists of three kinds of regular sessions (Oral Session, Poster Session, Workstation Session) and a special session "Memorial Session for Dr. Seto," who was a member of Genome Informatics Research Project and died in July, 1994.

The "Call for Papers" was made in two ways in April, 1994: one for oral presentation papers and the other for poster/workstation presentation papers. Papers for the Oral Session were reviewed by referees. This is a normal process required by high level workshops and conferences in Computer Science which shall maintain the quality of papers in substantial analysis of the ideas and their potential impact. The program committee selected 14 papers from the 22 papers submitted.

In recognition of the wide range of methodologies and research activities legitimately associated with Genome Informatics, the other big part of the workshop consists of the papers for the Poster and Workstation Sessions that may present promising new research directions, innovative concepts, sprout of ideas, software tools, techniques, perspectives, or observations. These papers are not formally refereed because of the essential interdisciplinary nature of Genome Informatics.

The program committee wishes to thank all of those who submitted papers, as well as all of the individuals who gave us invaluable comments on Genome Informatics Workshop and helped with the process of refereeing the papers submitted to the Oral Session.

The Program Committee of Genome Informatics Workshop V consisted of Tatsuya Akutsu (Gunma University), Osamu Goto (Saitama Cancer Center Research Institute), Hiroshi Imai (University of Tokyo), Satoru Miyano (Kyushu University), Toshihisa Takagi (University of Tokyo).

Satoru Miyano
Kyushu University