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[go-friends] ICBO 2014 Call for Participation - Posters and Demos

Jim McCusker mccusj at
Wed Jun 11 18:07:28 PDT 2014

Apologies for cross-posting:

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

1/01/2014 Call for Papers

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

7/15/2014 Software demo, early career, and workshop paper submission

8/15/2014 Notification of software demo, early career, and workshop paper

8/15/2014 Poster submission deadline

9/01/2014 Notification of acceptance of posters

9/15/2014 Deadline for all camera-ready copies for the proceedings

10/6/2014 ICBO

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 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 format:

   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, who must be the first author on the paper.  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, Univ. of Arkansas Medical Sciences

Local Organizer:  Brian Lang, Seniors in Touch & Health 2.0

Program Chair:    Mathias Brochhausen, Univ. of Arkansas Medical Sciences

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
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