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BioSecure 2008 : Biosurveillance and Biosecurity Workshop: Systems and Algorithms


When Dec 2, 2008 - Dec 2, 2008
Where Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Submission Deadline Aug 15, 2008
Notification Due Sep 10, 2008
Categories    bioinformatics   security

Call For Papers

BioSecure 2008
Biosurveillance and Biosecurity Workshop: Systems and Algorithms
Raleigh, North Carolina, December 2, 2008

Pre-Conference Workshop @ 2008 ISDS Seventh Annual Conference

The 2008 Biosurveillance and Biosecurity Workshop (BioSecure 08) will
be held as part of the pre-conference workshop series at the
International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Seventh Annual
Conference. BioSecure 08 will be a one-day event scheduled on December
2, 2008.

The specific emphasis of this workshop is to encourage information and
computer science (including informatics, statistics, modeling and
decision sciences, data management, and IT) researchers to join the
public health surveillance and biosecurity community to conduct
high-impact and innovative research.

Important Dates
- Paper submissions due: August 15, 2008
- Notification of acceptance: September 10, 2008
- Camera-ready copy due: September 17, 2008
- Conference date: December 2, 2008

Workshop Background

This workshop series started in 2006. The inaugural meeting was held
in Tucson, Arizona, hosted by the University of Arizona. It attracted
more than 35 participants from academic institutions, industry, and
public health agencies, and achieved its objective of bringing
together infectious disease informatics (IDI) researchers and
practitioners to discuss selected topics directly relevant to data
sharing and analysis for real-time animal and public health
surveillance. The 2007 meeting was held in New Brunswick, New Jersey,
co-located with the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence
and Security Informatics, and met with tremendous success. Researchers
from a wide range of backgrounds including biosecurity, epidemiology,
statistics, applied mathematics, information systems, computer science
and machine learning/data mining, contributed formal papers to the
workshop and actively participated in the meeting along with
practitioners from both government agencies and industry. More than 65
people attended the one-day workshop, representing major research labs
across multiple disciplines, key industry players, and a range of
government entities. The proceedings of the 2007 meeting was published
in the prestigious Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)

Key Objectives of BioSecure 08

Building on the success of the past two meetings, BioSecure 08 aims to
achieve the following objectives: (a) review and examine various
real-time data sharing approaches for health surveillance and
biosecurity from both technological and policy perspectives; and (b)
discuss and compare various systems approaches and algorithms of
relevance to biosurveillance and biosecurity. A formal publication
with the Springer LNCS is being planned.

Topic Coverage

The list below provides sample topics of relevance.

- Biosurveillance and biosecurity system architecture and
- Bio-event detection from distributed data sources
- Spatio-temporal data analysis/GIS for biosurveillance and
biosecurity applications
- Social network analysis for biosecurity
- HCI and user interfaces of relevance to biosurveillance systems
- System evaluation, scalability, and sustainability
- Information sharing policy and governance
- Privacy and system security issues
- Case studies and technology adoption

Long (12 pages) and short (6 pages) papers in English may be submitted
electronically via the workshop website after July 25, 2008. Required
Springer LNCS Microsoft Word/LaTeX templates can be found on the
workshop website.

Workshop Hosts

- University of Arizona
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- University of Washington

Workshop Sponsors

- U.S. National Science Foundation
- IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (pending)

Workshop Co-Chairs

- Hsinchun Chen, U. of Arizona
- Henry Rolka, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Daniel Zeng, U. of Arizona & Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Bill Lober, U. of Washington

Government Liaisons

- Sylvia Spengler, U.S. National Science Foundation (tentative)
- Donald Noah, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Daniel M. Sosin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Program Committee

- David Banks, Duke Univ.
- John Berezowski, Alberta (Canada) Agriculture
- Ian Brooks, U. of Illinois at U-C
- David L. Buckeridge, McGill University
- Howard Burkom, Johns Hopkins U.
- Jean-Paul Chretien, US DoD
- Dan Desmond, SIMI Group
- Daniel Ford, IBM
- Ron Fricker, Naval Postgraduate School
- Ivan Gotham, New York State Dept. of Health
- Valerie Gregg, U. of Albany
- Paul Hu, U. of Utah
- Xiaohua (Tony) Hu, Drexel U.
- Jesse Huang, Peking Union Medical College
- C.-C. King, National Taiwan Univ.
- Ken Kleinman, Harvard U.
- Ken Komatsu, Arizona Dept. of Health Services
- Eileen Koski, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
- Sheri Lewis, Johns Hopkins Univ.
- Cecil Lynch, Ontoreason
- Colleen Martin, US CDC
- Jean O'Connor, US CDC
- Theresa Pardo, U. of Albany
- Michelle Podgornik, US DHS & CDC
- Ben Reis, MIT
- Debbie Travers, North Carolina Public Health Information Network
- David Walker, US CDC
- Quanyi Wang, Beijing CDC
- Xiaohui Zhang, Scientific Technologies Corp.

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