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[go-friends] ICBO 2014 Early Career Papers deadline extended to July 31, Software Demo deadline extended to Aug 15

Alexander D. Diehl addiehl64 at
Fri Jul 25 14:17:00 PDT 2014

*ICBO 2014 --- October 6 - 9, 2014

The Early Career paper submission deadline has been extended to July 31.*

*The Software Demo submission deadline has been extended to August 15.*

*Early Bird registration rates will be available for the first authors 
of papers accepted after July 31, 2014.*

See for submission details.

*ICBO 2014 Call for Participation*
*5th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014) *
Houston, Texas   | October 6 - 9, 2014 <>

The biomedical area has seen an explosive growth in data in the last 
decade from electronic health records, procedures, imaging, lab tests, 
genomics, and sensors. More recently the emergence of consumer health 
devices and the improved understanding of the microbiome has contributed 
greatly to this growth. While Big Data approaches have been useful to 
tackle the volume and velocity aspects, variability aka the 'small data' 
issue is especially challenging in the healthcare and life sciences 
areas. Ontologies provide the means to tackle this variability challenge 
with the ability to represent the meaning of the data formally in a 
computable manner. In addition, a large part of healthcare data is 
unstructured data. Natural Language Processing (NLP) and data mining 
techniques are being used for information extraction into a more 
structured form, a process wherein ontologies provide the knowledge 
models and the lexicon to extract the information meaningfully.

A large number of biomedical ontologies are now available, and ontology 
frameworks and ecosystems have also emerged to facilitate 
interoperability among the models. The /5th International Conference on 
Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO)/ aims to bring together application of 
ontologies as well as foundational issues in biomedical ontologies. The 
theme of ICBO 2014 is Ontologies/driving/ Innovation - the main emphasis 
will be on the applied aspects of ontologies and demonstration of 
innovative ontology-driven solutions for all areas of healthcare and 
life sciences.

*_Important dates_*
_Date_ _Events_
4/01/2014    Workshop and tutorial proposal submission deadline
4/15/2014 Notification of acceptance of workshops and tutorial proposals
5/01/2014    Scientific paper submission deadline
7/01/2014 Notification of scientific paper acceptance
*7/31/2014Early career paper submission deadline
8/15/2014Poster and Software demo submission deadline
8/21/2014Notification of early career paper acceptance and workshop 
paper acceptance
9/01/2014Notification of acceptance of posters and software demos*
*9/15/2014 Deadline for all camera-ready copies for the proceedings*

Papers, posters, workshops, tutorials, and software demonstrations are 
invited on a broad range of topics covering ontology development and use 
in the healthcare and life sciences areas. These include, but are not 
limited to, ontology engineering and reuse, ontologies promoting data 
integration, fluidity and reuse, data visualization, pathway analysis, 
and especially knowledge discovery.

_Areas of special focus_

  * Foundational issues in Biomedical Ontologies
  * Ontology development tools, reuse, and interoperability
  * Data Science and Big Data
  * Linked Open Data and Semantic Web services
  * Ontologies for clinical decision support
  * Pharma-biotech and genomics
  * Personalized medicine
  * Translational science
  * Consumer health data
  * Ontologies for life sciences, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology
  * Reasoning with biomedical ontologies
  * Natural language processing, text mining, and information extraction
  * Bridging between ontologies and controlled vocabularies such as ICD-9/10


  * Scientific paper -  up to 6 pages
  * Early career track paper - 4 pages (students/post-docs/junior
    faculty should be the first authors)
  * Poster abstract - 2 pages
  * Software demos - 2 pages (include screenshots and links to demos)
  * Workshop and tutorial proposals - 2 pages (1 page for proposal, 1
    page for organizers)

_Submission Format_

  * Submissions must be submitted in the IEEE conference proceedings
  * Submissions will be handled via Easy Chair:

_Submission Types_
/Scientific paper:/  A scientific paper describes a major advance in the 
field of biological and biomedical ontologies.  It can report a new 
ontology, a major revision or extension to an existing ontology, a new 
application of an existing ontology, a substantial critique of an 
existing ontology with a proposed alternative approach, the result of 
applying an ontology--for example--to data interoperability and/or data 
analysis.  Minor additions and/or refinements to an existing ontology 
are not appropriate.

Note that per the topic list above, a scientific paper may also describe 
thorough analysis of foundational issues in biological and biomedical 
ontologies without the requirement for a use case or specific 
application domain. Advancements and innovations in the field benefit 
from theoretical analysis and discussion.

/Early career track paper:/  An early career track paper describes 
mentored work in the field of ontology carried out by a student 
(undergraduate and graduate) or post-doctoral fellow, or junior faculty 
(within 5 years of appointment), who must be the first author on the 
paper. Additional authors, including senior researchers, are permitted. 
This category of paper gives early career ontologists the opportunity to 
benefit from constructive criticism, feedback, and advice from a broad 
audience of senior scientists and practitioners in the field.

/Poster abstract:/  A poster abstract describes formative work, early or 
preliminary results, late-breaking developments, minor refinements to 
existing ontologies, proposed or planned applications of ontologies to 
particular use cases, and the opportunity to showcase mature work in a 
visual format.

/Software demonstration:/  Demonstrations showcase innovative uses of 
ontologies and engage the audience providing a deeper understanding of 
how the software works, how different parts of the system interact, and 
the ways in which ontologies form a core aspect of the solution.

All accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings 
and published at CEUR Workshop Proceedings. A selection of high quality 
paper submissions will be invited for revision and publication in 
Journal Special Issues in a timely manner.

*_Organizing Committee Members_*
Scientific Chair: /Sivaram Arabandi/, ONTOPRO & Health 2.0
Scientific Chair: /Bill Hogan/, University of Florida
Local Organizer: /Brian Lang/, Seniors in Touch & Health 2.0
Program Chair: /Mathias Brochhausen/, University of Arkansas Medical 
Workshop and Tutorial Chair: /Melissa Haendel/, Oregon Health & Science 
Proceedings and Special Issue Chair: /Cui Tao/, SBMI, UT Health Sciences 
in Houston
Early Career Chair: /Alexander Diehl/, University at Buffalo
Poster and Demonstrations Chair: /James P. McCusker/, 5AM Solutions
Sponsorship and Publicity: /Health 2.0 Houston/

For more information or to offer sponsorship, please send us a note at:
info at <mailto:info at>
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