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2nd CFP: KR-MED 2006 "Biomedical Ontology in Action"

Olivier Bodenreider olivier at
Wed Jun 21 09:49:37 PDT 2006


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                           2nd Call for Papers

                      Biomedical Ontology in Action

                November 8, 2006, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

                          Workshop organized by
           the National Center for Ontology Research (NCOR) and
    the Working Group on Formal (Bio-)Medical Knowledge Representation
          of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

                        Collocated with FOIS 2006


In recent years, a good deal of attention has been paid to the sorts of
criteria that an ontology must satisfy if it is to ensure true
information integration and automatic reasoning across large-scale
knowledge sources. Formal ontology is now an established field of
research with conferences such as FOIS and organizations such as NCOR.
The biomedical domain is at the leading edge of ontology research, as
illustrated by the recent creation of the National Center for Biomedical
Ontology, a NIH Roadmap center.

Standing on the foundations of biomedical ontologies are the many
applications supported by these ontologies. For example, in health care,
ontologies are an important component of an interoperable health
information technology infrastructure. In biology, ontologies have
become essential for annotating the literature and integrating the
multiple, heterogeneous knowledge bases resulting from the analysis of
high-throughput experiments.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from a broad range
of fields that are related to formal ontology and medical
informatics. The goal is to show how current research can be brought to
bear on the practical problems associated with the development of
applications supported by these ontologies, i.e., to show biomedical
ontology "in action".

The scope of KR-MED 2006 includes the following areas:

* Biomedical ontologies and electronic health records (EHRs)
* Semantic Web applications in healthcare and life sciences
* Use of ontologies in knowledge discovery, text analysis and data
* Biomedical ontology evaluation
* Temporal, spatial and causal knowledge reasoning in biomedical systems
* Knowledge representation, acquisition, validation, visualization and
   maintenance in biomedical systems
* Applications of knowledge representation languages, description logics
   for biomedical systems
* Formal approaches to large biomedical controlled terminologies and


                             Important dates

* Paper submissions due: July 7, 2006
* Notification of paper acceptance: August 18, 2006
* Final paper deadline: September 15, 2006
* Workshop: November 8, 2006


                          Submission information

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the areas
listed above. All papers must be written in English and the length
should not exceed 8 pages including figures, tables and references.
Papers should be submitted electronically to krmed06 at

The final paper has to be delivered as PDF. The format corresponds to
that of the AMIA proceedings. Use 8.5 x 11 inch paper size with one inch
margins left, right, top, and bottom. Place the title in 14 point Times
Roman typeface, single-column, bolded, centered, initial
capitals. Include the names, credentials, institutions and locations of
the author(s) below the title using 12 point Times Roman typeface,
single-column, bolded, centered, initial capitals. Include the main text
of the submission single-spaced in 10 point Times Roman typeface,
justified, two-column format with .5 inch between columns. Use the
following reference format: Cite all references in the text, tables, or
figure legends. In the text, use 8 point superscript if possible to
indicate reference numbers; if not possible, use 10 point numbers in
brackets. Under a centered heading References at the end of the
submission, provide a list of references cited, in order of occurrence
in the manuscript, and with titles using initial capitals only. List all
authors of any cited work when there are six or fewer authors; if more
than six, list only the first three followed by et al. Follow the
Vancouver Style (for further details, see
LaTeX and MS Word document templates will be available shortly on the
conference website:

The workshop proceedings will be published electronically on
After the workshop, the authors of the best submissions will be invited
to expand and refine their papers for possible publication in the
journal Applied Ontology (

Contact krmed06 at for additional information about paper
submission requirements.



Organizing Committee
* Stefan Schulz (Freiburg University Hospital, Germany)
* Barry Smith (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)
* Fabian Neuhaus (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)

Scientific Program Committee
* Olivier Bodenreider (chair, National Library of Medicine, USA)
* Anita Burgun (University of Rennes, France)
* Ronald Cornet (Amsterdam Academic Medical Center, The Netherlands)
* Maureen Donnelly (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)
* Aldo Gangemi (ISTC Laboratory of Applied Ontology, Italy)
* Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
* Anand Kumar (IFOMIS, Germany)
* Phillip Lord (University of Newcastle, UK)
* Yves Lussier (University of Chicago, USA)
* Onard Mejino (University of Washington, USA)
* Peter Mork (Mitre Corporation, USA)
* Fabian Neuhaus (National Center for Ontology Research, USA)
* Daniel Rubin (National Center for Biomedical Ontology, USA)
* Stefan Schulz (Freiburg University Hospital, Germany)
* Lowell Vizenor (National Library of Medicine, USA)
* Chris Welty (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA)
* Jennifer Williams (OntologyWorks, USA)



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The Inn at the Colonnade is located across from Johns Hopkins University
less than four miles from Baltimore's CBD and historic Inner Harbor, and
only 20 minutes from BWI International Airport.


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