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CMLS 2020 : 1st International Workshop on Conceptual Modeling for Life Sciences


When Nov 3, 2020 - Nov 3, 2020
Where Vienna (online)
Submission Deadline Aug 7, 2020
Notification Due Aug 17, 2020
Final Version Due Sep 7, 2020
Categories    conceptual modeling   bioinformatics   databases   information systems

Call For Papers

******CMLS 2020: Conceptual Modeling for Life Sciences******

In conjunction with the 39th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2020)
at TU Wien - Vienna, Austria, November 3, 2020.
The ER conference is going virtual!


Conference website


Submission link


Submission deadline
August 7, 2020 (extended)

******Workshop focus******

The recent advances in unravelling the secrets of human conditions and diseases have encouraged new paradigms for their prevention, diagnosis and treatment. As the information is increasing at unprecedented rate, it directly impacts the design and future development of information and data management pipelines; thus, new ways of processing data, information and knowledge in health care environments are strongly needed.
The proposed workshop aims at being, both, a starting meeting point for Information Systems, Conceptual Modeling, and Data Management researchers working on health care and life science problems, and an opportunity to share, discuss and find new approaches to improve promising fields, with a special focus on Genomic Data Management - how to use the information from the genome to better understand biological and clinical features - and Precision Medicine - giving each patient an individualized treatment by understanding the peculiar aspects of the disease.
From the precise ontological characterization of the components involved in complex biological systems, to the modeling of the operational processes and decision support methods used in the diagnosis and prevention of disease, the joined research communities of Information Systems, Conceptual Modeling, and Data Management have an important role to play; they must help in providing feasible solutions for a high-quality and efficient health care.

******Topics of interest******

The workshop focuses on Conceptual Modeling as a means for facing the challenges that emerge when designing and developing systems for life sciences, focused on genomics and precision medicine. The workshop is not restricted to particular research methods and we will consider both conceptual and empirical research, as well as novel applications.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

-Conceptual modeling for genomics
-Modeling of complex biological systems
-Modeling of health ecosystems
-Information systems for health care and/or genomics
-Development of information systems for the medicine of precision
-Design, modification, and evaluation of health information systems
-Electronic/digital health information systems
-Ontologies and workflows for life sciences
-Life science-related domain specific modeling languages
-Data management and integration for genomics and biology
-Interoperability of health information systems and databases
-Knowledge-representation for genetics
-Business process modeling for genetic/clinical diagnosis
-Submission guidelines


CMLS 2020 proceedings will be part of the ER 2020 Workshop volume published by Springer in the LNCS series. The authors must submit manuscripts using the Springer-Verlag LNCS style for Lecture Notes in Computer Science. For style files and details, see the page The page limit for workshop papers is 10 pages. Papers must be submitted as PDF files using EasyChair at

******Post-conference publication******

We reached a preliminary agreement with BMC Bioinformatics journal (2-year IF 2.511, SJR 1.374) for a post-conference supplement related to Conceptual Modeling in Life Sciences. All the papers accepted to our workshop will be invited to submit a revised and extended version to the journal supplement.

For the best paper of the workshop (as assessed by the evaluations of the members of the Program Committee) the Article Processing Charges of the BMC Bioinformatics supplement will be fully covered by the organizers (GeCo at Politecnico di Milano & PROS at Universitat Politècnica de València)

******Important Dates******

Submission deadline full papers: 7 August 2020 (extended)
Author notification: 17 Aug 2020
Camera-ready version: 7 Sep 2020
Camera-ready proceedings: 11 Sep 2020 (hard-deadline)

******Organizing Committee******

Anna Bernasconi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Arif Canakoglu, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Ana León Palacio, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
José Fabián Reyes Román, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

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