BIBCI has three core, integrated functions underpinning all of its activities:
BIBCI develops and maintains computing facilities including databases, computing and analysis software tools, communications and hardware to support the ever-growing computational needs of the participating computational biological science groups. We achieve this goal by coordinating use of the University s substantial existing computing resources at the Storrs and Farmington campuses, that would not otherwise be sharable. BIBCI provides the necessary interface linking the key and specialty computing enterprises at the University of Connecticut: the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technologies (BECAT), the University of Connecticut Computer Center (Storrs Campus) and the Health Center Computer Center (Farmington). In particular, BIBCI provides:
Promoting Multidisciplinary Research Activities
BIBCI engages in developing multidisciplinary projects among the member research groups. Through BIBCI, the computational core resources at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering in Storrs and the Health Center in Farmington interact on ongoing collaboration projects, such as the Virtual Cell, microarray data analysis and proteomics data analysis projects. In addition, the Institute facilitates collaboration among other associated multi-disciplinary projects.
BIBCI also sponsors internal workshops and seminars intended to introduce aspects of developmental projects to the University of Connecticut community, thereby enhancing the opportunities for interaction and multi-disciplinary collaboration.
Outreach, Education and Training Activities
BIBCI creates, maintains and redesigns educational resources and training materials associated with the bioinformatics projects thereby making them readily accessible to the member groups through the web. BIBCI involves the graduate students and post-doctoral fellows already working in the participating research laboratories in development of educational and training units that may benefit fellow participants.