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When Dec 12, 2009 - Dec 12, 2009
Where Reggio Emilia (Italy)
Submission Deadline Oct 4, 2009
Final Version Due Nov 11, 2009
Categories    artificial intelligence   machine learning   data mining   bioinformatics

Call For Papers

12 December 2009 - Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Satellite workshop of the
AI*IA 2009: International Conference of the Italian Association for
Artificial Intelligence
* * * IMPORTANT DATE - Paper submission: October 4, 2009 * * *


The Bio-Logical: Logic-based Approaches in Bioinformatics Workshop
will take place in Reggio Emilia (Italy) on December 12, 2009,
following the AI*IA 2009 International Conference (9-11 December 2009)

The conference and all the workshops will be hosted in the new
building of the Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative
Sciences and of the Faculty of Communication and Economics, located in
the centre of Reggio Emilia
Address: via Allegri 9, I 42100 Reggio Emilia


Bioinformatics is a truly interdisciplinary field at the boundary
between biology and computer science. It encompasses every aspect of
computational biology, from DNA sequence analysis to protein structure
analysis and prediction. The goal is to aid biologists in gathering
and processing genomic data to study protein function and protein
interactions. Most of the tools routinely used in bioinformatics have
been developed by scientists with a background in biological
sciences. Some prominent examples are tools for comparing
sequences. However, the vast amount of biological data available and
the demand for increasingly complex applications for their analysis
offer vast opportunities for the systematic application of a wide
range of techniques from computer science, including those based on
computational logics.

This workshop aims at collecting contributes, and at bringing together
scientists and practitioners, whose research interests lie across the
areas of Logics (along various possible representation formalisms,
inference strategies and approaches) and Bioinformatics. The former is
a broad branch of Artificial Intelligence in general, and includes
many sub-areas of interest. The latter is a discipline that is gaining
more and more interest nowadays and that can take great advantage from
the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques, because of the
high domain complexity and the scarce explicit domain knowledge
available. The mixture of both turns out to be particularly
interesting, because of the peculiarity of Logic approaches to be able
to express and manipulate relations among objects. Indeed, such a
characteristic might play a crucial role in the biological
domain. Hence, the twofold attempt of the workshop: stimulating
application of Logic approaches in Bioinformatics, and searching for
new challenges posed by Bioinformatics that can be successfully
tackled by Logic-based approaches. Contributes are welcome concerning
any aspect involved in such disciplines: problems, methodologies,
techniques, systems and applications.

The workshop should be of interest, in addition to researchers working
in the Logic-oriented branch of Artificial Intelligence in order to
propose their solutions, also for those who are interested more
specifically in the biological domain, that can take the chance to
discover a branch of Artificial Intelligence less known to the wide
audience but that can turn out to be important for the solution of
their problems. Moreover, the meeting could also be a chance to bring
together researchers that work in the Bioinformatics application
domain using approaches that fall into different areas of Artificial
Intelligence, with the aim of identifying possibilities of cooperation
and synergies between the respective areas of interest.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- logic programming
- multi-strategic inference: induction, abduction, abstraction,
- representation and reasoning
- constraint logic programming
- fuzzy logic
- description logics
- (probabilistic) logic based learning

Applications include, but are not limited to:
- genome annotation
- protein sequence annotation
- protein structure comparison
- reconstruction and analysis biochemical pathways
- structural analysis and protein structure prediction
- drug design
- information extraction from biological literature
- integration of biological information sources
- inferring cell regulation
- determining protein function and metabolic pathways


Papers not exceeding 10 pages, written in English and complying with
the LNCS Springer-Verlag format
( should
be submitted electronically. Submissions are due in PDF format and can
be performed at the Workshop Web site:

Accepted papers will be published on the official CD-Rom of the
AI*IA2009 International conference with regular ISBN number.


* Paper submission: October 4, 2009
* Camera-ready of accepted papers: November 11, 2009
* Workshop day: December 12, 2009


Attendance to the conference and to the workshops IS limited to
members of AI*IA. Participants are kindly requested to register before
the conference, although on-site registration will also be offered.

Attendance to the workshops only (including participation in all the
workshops, coffee-breaks and a CD-ROM with the Proceedings of all
Workshops; it does not include membership to AI*IA):

Advance registration: 100 Euro, On-site registration: 200 Euro

Regular conference fee (including participation in the conference and
all the workshops, a copy of the proceedings volume, the conference
CD-Rom, coffee breaks for all 4 days; it does not include membership
to AI*IA):

Early registration, before August 31, 2009: 350 Euro.
Late registration, since September 1, 2009: 400 Euro.
On-site registration: 500 Euro

Student fee (including proceedings volume and participation to the
workshops, not including conference dinner): 130 Euro ** NOT AVAILABLE


Stefano Ferilli (University of Bari)
Donato Malerba (University of Bari)


Nicola Di Mauro (University of Bari)
Marenglen Biba (University of Bari)
Corrado Loglisci (University of Bari)
Eliana Salvemini (University of Bari)


Giuliano Armani (University of Cagliari)
Marco Botta (University of Torino)
Alessandro Dal Pal├╣ (University of Parma)
Paolo Frasconi (University of Firenze)
Francesco Masulli (University of Genova)
Giancarlo Mauri (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Luigi Palopoli (University of Calabria)
Andrea Passerini (University of Trento)
Alberto Policriti (University of Udine)


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