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BBC 2013 : 6th Workshop on Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges for Computer Science


When Jun 5, 2013 - Jun 7, 2013
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline Jan 2, 2013
Categories    biomedical   bioinformatics

Call For Papers

ICCS 2013
6th Workshop on
Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges for Computer Science (BBC 2013)

held in conjunction with
International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2013)
Barcelona, Spain
June 5 - June 7, 2013
* * * CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline EXTENDED January 2, 2013 * * *
Emerging technologies in genomics, proteomics, interactomics and other life science areas are generating an increasing amount of complex data and information. The evolving data and information ecosystem includes large experimental ?omics? data sets, natural language text from the scientific literature and the Web, and highly connected heterogeneous information networks, such as open linked data distributed on the Internet. Integrating and analysing this information in the context of modern life science research problems and biomedical applications poses a considerable challenge for bioinformatics and computational biology. Traditionally, bioinformatics has concentrated on methods and technologies facilitating the acquisition, storage, organization, archiving, analysis and visualization of biological and medical data. Computational biology, on the other, hand, has emphasized mathematical and computational techniques facilitating the modelling and simulation of biomedical processes and systems. In recent years the distinction between these two fields has become increasingly blurred. In order to tackle the growing complexity associated with emerging and future life science challenges, bioinformatics and computational biology researchers and developers need to explore, develop and apply novel computational concepts, methods, tools and systems. Many of these new approaches are likely to involve advanced and large-scale computing techniques, technologies and infrastructures such as:
* High-performance architectures and systems (e.g., multicore, GPU);
* Distributed computing (e.g. grid, cloud, peer-to-peer, Web services, e-infrastructures);
* Data and information management and integration (e.g., databases, data warehousing, data fusion);
* Knowledge discovery/management (e.g., knowledge bases, data mining, ontologies, workflow);
* Computational simulation (mechanistic, stochastic, multi-model);
* Artificial and computational intelligence (machine learning, agents, evolutionary techniques).

Together, these topics cover the key bioinformatics and computational biology techniques and technologies encountered in modern life science environments: (1) Advanced computing architectures/infrastructures; (2) Data/information management and integration; (3) Data/information analysis and knowledge discovery; (4) Integration of quantitative/symbolic knowledge into executable biomedical ?theories? or models. The aim of this workshop is to bring together computer and life scientists to discuss emerging and future directions in these areas.
This is the 6th edition of this workshop, which was previously held in Krak?w (2008), Baton Rouge (2009), Amsterdam (2010), Singapore (2011), and Omaha (2012). This 6th edition has been modified to incorporate the advanced and large-scale bioinformatics and computational biology challenges associated with executable ?theories? or models.

The workshop is seeking original research contributions presenting innovative bioinformatics and computational biology concepts and solutions in the areas outline above. The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Computer Science
Computational Biology
* Dedicated hardware & architectures
* High performance & distributed computing
* Parallelisation techniques
* Grid/cloud computing
* Service-orientation
* Volunteer computing
* Peer-to-peer computing
* (Distributed) workflows
* E-infrastructures
* Data management/integration/fusion
* Biological sequence & structure analysis
* Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, interactomics, etc.
* Analysis of biological networks
* Biomedical image analysis
* Neuroimaging
* Data visualization
* Data mining & knowledge discovery
* Simulation of biological systems/processes
* Multi-model approaches
* Systems biology
* Knowledge-based techniques
* Knowledge management
* Artificial / computational intelligence techniques
* Executable theories and models

The manscripts submitted to this workshop must be camera-ready and formatted according to the rules of Procedia Computer Science ( Please use this file for a Latex template plus instructions ( and click here for an MS word template file ( Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper at the workshop. PostScript and source versions of your paper must be submitted electronically through the paper submission system ( indicating the workshop title

6th Workshop on Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges for Computer Science (BBC 2013)

A copyright form ( is only needed after the paper has been accepted for publication in the proceedings. Please, note that papers must not exceed ten pages in length, when typeset using the Procedia format. Dates of deadlines for manuscript submission (full paper), notification of acceptance, deadline for camera-ready paper submission and registration may be found in the Important Dates ( section of the ICCS Web site, unless otherwise specified on this workshop site.

Manuscripts submitted to this workshop must be based on unpublished, mature and original work and must be submitted to ICCS only.

ICCS is an ERA 2010 A-ranked conference series.

After the workshop, selected papers may be invited for a special issue of the Journal of Computational Science. Selected papers (extended and revised version) accepted on the 1st edition of this workshop have been published on a special section of Future Generation Computer Systems, Elsevier.

Full papers submission: January 2, 2013 (EXTENDED)
Notification of acceptance: February 10, 2013
Camera-ready papers: March 1, 2013
Authors registration: February 10 - March 10, 2013
Participant early registration: February 10 - April 25, 2013
Tutorials, welcome reception: June 4, 2013
Conference/Workshop sessions: June 5 - June 7, 2013

Mario Cannataro, University Magna Gr?cia of Catanzaro, Italy
Werner Dubitzky, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
Joakim Sundnes, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Rodrigo Weber dos Santos, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil

1. Dave Angulo, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
2. Francisco Azuaje, CRP-Sant?, Luxembourg
3. Daniel Berrar, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
4. Eun Bo Shim, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Republic of Korea
5. Rui Brito, University of Coimbra, Portugal
6. Kevin Burrage, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
7. Nagasuma Chandra, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
8. Bastien Chopard, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
9. Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School, USA
10. Attila Csik?sz-Nagy, King?s College London, UK, and Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento, Italy
11. Giuseppe Di Fatta, University of Reading, UK
12. Christine Froidevaux, LRI-Bioinformatics Group - University Paris XI, Orsay, France
13. Alan Garny, University of Oxford, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics
14. Concettina Guerra, University of Padova, Italy
15. Pietro Hiram Guzzi, University Magna Gr?cia of Catanzaro, Italy
16. Ulrich Hansmann, Research Centre Juelich, Germany
17. Vicente Hern?ndez, Univ. Polit?cnica de Valencia, Spain
18. Pilar Herrero, Universidad Polit?cnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
19. Alfons Hoekstra, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
20. Ela Hunt, Bundesamt f?r Statistik BFS / Office Federal de la Statistique OFS, Switzerland
21. Glenn Terje Lines, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
22. Marcelo Lobosco, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
23. Uko Maran, University of Tartu, Estonia
24. Wagner Meira Jr., Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
25. Maria Mirto, University of Salento, Italy
26. Hartmut Mix, University of Technology Dresden, Germany
27. Igor Mozeti?, Jo?ef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
28. Salvatore Orlando, University of Venezia, Italy
29. Mar?a S. P?rez, Universidad Polit?cnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
30. Gernot Plank, University of Graz, Austria
31. Omer F. Rana, Cardiff University, UK
32. Osbaldo Resendis-Antonio, Universidad Nacional Aut?noma de M?xico, Mexico
33. Blanca Rodriguez, University of Oxford, UK
34. Insik Shin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
35. Luis Paulo da Silva Barra, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
36. Fabrizio Silvestri, ISTI-CNR, Italy
37. Raymond Spiteri, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
38. Martin Swain, Aberystwyth Universith, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
39. Roberto Tagliaferri, University of Salerno, Italy
40. El-Ghazali Talbi, Universit? des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
41. Paolo Trunfio, University of Calabria, Italy
42. Pierangelo Veltri, University Magna Gr?cia of Catanzaro, Italy
43. Edward J. Vigmond, University of Calgary, Canada
44. Jordi Vill? i Freixa, Universitat de Vic, Vic, Spain
45. Giovanni Vozzi, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
46. Chong Wang, Technical University of Wildau, Wildau, Germany
47. Huiru Zheng, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, United Kingdom
48. Albert Zomaya, University of Sydney, Australia
49. Bla? Zupan, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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