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[go-friends] Reminder: ICBO 2015, Call for Submissions, one week to go!

Francisco Couto fcouto at
Wed Feb 25 07:44:56 PST 2015

ICBO2015 Call for submissions

*** Relevant dates ***

Conference paper submission:      Mar 2, 2015
Conference paper notification:    Apr 6, 2015
Camera-ready conference papers:   Apr 20, 2015
Workshop paper, software demonstration and early career submission:     Apr
13, 2015
Workshop paper, software demonstration and early career notification:   May
11, 2015
Camera-ready workshop papers, software demonstration papers/abstracts and
early career abstracts:  May 25, 2015
Demos and Poster abstract submissions: May 18, 2015
Demos and Poster abstract notifications: June 8th, 2015
Camera-ready poster abstracts: June 15th, 2015

*** Topics ***

Ontologies are knowledge representation tools widely used in the semantic
description of biological and medical data from creation to publication and
consumption for research and software applications including expert
systems. To be maximally effective for a wide range of diverse purposes,
such ontologies must be of good quality and work well together. Therefore,
issues like good ontology design, ontology coordination, methods for
harnessing ontologies for research and applications, and ontology
maintenance need to be addressed. The International Conference on
Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) series is designed to meet this need. ICBO 2015,
the sixth event in the highly successful series, will bring together
representatives of all major communities involved in ontology use and
development in biomedical research, health care, and related areas.

*** Call for Papers ***

ICBO 2015 is soliciting submissions of novel (not previously published nor
concurrently submitted) research papers in the areas of the application of
ontologies to biomedical problems, ontology design and ontology
interoperability, at any stage in the process from data creation to use in
applications or scientific analyses. Submissions will be welcome from a
broad range of approaches to ontology building and use. In addition, we
would like to invite contributions showcasing methods for ontology-based
research, including statistical methods, and contributions addressing the
challenges associated with working with multiple ontologies at the same
time, including ontology development, visualization, annotation of data,
analysis, and applications.

We will accept full-length research and application papers (5 pages),
poster submissions (2 page abstracts), software demonstrations (2 page
abstracts), and early career researcher symposium submissions (2 page
abstracts). A selection of successful poster abstracts will be invited to
give flash presentations during the conference. We are also looking for
submissions of half-day or full-day workshops and tutorials. Workshops
should be working sessions with a specific outcome that can be subsequently
presented at the main conference. Tutorials are educational events and may
involve hands-on practicals.

Submission of papers is via EasyChair (, according to the
templates provided on the conference web site.

A Best Paper Award, Best Poster Award, Best Demonstration Award, and a Best
Early Career Paper Award will be conferred to the author(s) at the
conference, selected by the Organizing Committee.

All accepted papers and abstracts will be published in an issue of CEUR-WS (  In addition, authors of selected papers will be
invited to submit an extended version for publication in a special issue of
the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBMS), an open-access journal
published by BioMed Central (BMC). Note that publication in the JBMS
special issue will incur article processing charges.

*** Contact ***

For more information please email icbo2015 at

*** Organizing Committee ***

Scientific Chairs: Francisco Couto (Lisboa, Portugal)  and Janna Hastings
(Cambridge, UK)
Local Chair: Catia Pesquita (Lisboa, Portugal)
Program Chair:  Stefan Schulz (Graz, Austria)
Workshop and Tutorial Chairs: Melanie Courtot (Vancouver, Canada) and João
Ferreira (Lisboa, Portugal)
Proceedings and Special Issue Chair: Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (Zurich,
Early Career Chair:  Pierre Grenon (London, UK)
Poster and Demonstrations Chair:  Matthew Horridge (Stanford, USA)
Sponsorship and Publicity:  Emanuel Santos (Lisboa, Portugal) and Pedro
Fernandes (Oeiras, Portugal)
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