Progress on an open source computer-assisted structure elucidation suite (SENECA)

  • Stefan Kuhn
  • Christoph Steinbeck
Open Access
Poster presentation


Genetic Algorithm Structure Generator Simulated Annealing Open Source Large Space 
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We suggested and developed various components for Computer-Assisted Structure Elucidation (CASE) over the years [1, 2]. Our current goal is to integrate these into an easy to use and efficient platform for end users, called SENECA. This is based on Bioclipse [3], an integrated software suite for chemo- and bioinformatics providing plugins for file handling and visualisation of compounds and spectra.

The SENECA feature currently comprises the following components and algorithms:

• A deterministic structure generator suitable for small chemical spaces.

• Simulated Annealing and Genetic Algorithm for random structure walks in large spaces.

Simulation of 13C NMR spectra for ranking results.

SENECA is a Bioclipse feature, available via the update site at


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    Spjuth O, Helmus T, Willighagen EL, Kuhn S, Eklund M, et al: Bioclipse: An open source workbench for chemo- and bioinformatics. BMC Bioinformatics. 2007, 8: 59-10.1186/1471-2105-8-59.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Stefan and Christoph; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Kuhn
    • 1
  • Christoph Steinbeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Wellcome Trust Genome CampusHinxton, CambridgeUK

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