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BIBM SEPDA 2017 : CFP for the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics-Powered Data Analytics (SEPDA 2017)


When Nov 13, 2017 - Nov 13, 2017
Where Kansas City, MO, USA
Submission Deadline Sep 27, 2017
Notification Due Oct 15, 2017
Final Version Due Oct 25, 2017
Categories    semantic web   medical informatics   ontology   data mining

Call For Papers


CFP for the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics-Powered Data Analytics (SEPDA 2017)



Biomedical ontologies and controlled terminologies provide structured domain knowledge to a variety of health information systems. The rich thesaurus with concepts linked by semantic relationships has been widely used in natural language processing, data mining, machine learning, semantic annotation, and automated reasoning. The dramatically increasing amount of health-related data poses unprecedented opportunities for mining previously unknown knowledge with semantics-powered data analytics methods. However, due to the heterogeneity of different data sources, it is a challenging problem to exploit multiple sources to solve real-world problems such as designing cost-effective treatment plan for patients, designing generalizable clinical trials, drug repurposing, and clinical phenotyping. The goal of this workshop is to bring people in the field of knowledge representation, knowledge management, and health data analytics to discuss innovative semantic methods, applications, and data analytics to address problems in healthcare, biomedicine, public health, and clinical research with biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social web data.

We are inviting original research submissions full papers (8 pages), work-in-progress short papers (4 pages), and poster abstracts (2 pages, NEW).

All the accepted submissions will be published in the IEEE BIBM 2017 Proceedings (in IEEE Xplore Digital Library); Selected FULL papers will be published in the supplement of BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making (IF: 2.042; Indexed in SCIE, MEDLINE, and PMC; and subject to an article processing charge of £1,122). Selected high-quality SHORT papers will also be invited to submit an extended version to the journal supplement for consideration.

Note: If a FULL paper is selected for possible journal publication, the authors will be asked to shorten their workshop paper to four pages to be published in the BIBM 2017 Proceedings and then submit the journal version after the workshop. The authors can still choose to publish their full papers in the conference proceedings, in which case however, the authors will NOT be eligible to publish in the journal supplement due to the journal’s self-plagiarism concern.

A new review process: To mitigate the biases and reduce the burden of the reviewer community, we will employ a hybrid approach in the review process of this workshop. We will invite external reviewers (in the Cyberchair system) as well as contributing authors to review the submissions (in the Pevals system). The final decision will be made based on the review reports from both systems. As such, the organizers, the external reviewers, as well as contributing authors will have a shared responsibility to maintain a high standard for the review process and ensure the quality of the workshop papers. To accommodate the busy schedule of the authors, you can choose the number of submission to review or not to participate in the peer-review in Pevals. In such a case, the decision will be made based on the external reviewers' review reports. (More details about the new review process)


We are inviting original research submissions as well as work-in-progress.

Topics of interest include but not limited to:

• Ontologies and Controlled Terminologies
• Ontology development and enrichment
• Quality assurance of ontologies and controlled terminologies
• Semantic harmonization and ontology alignment
• Knowledge representation and reasoning

• Semantics-based Data Analytics
• Ontology-based text mining and natural language processing
• Ontology-based analysis on biomedical, clinical, or social web data
• Information Extraction on biomedical, clinical, or social web data
• Data mining or machine learning on biomedical, clinical or social web data
• Semantic annotation on biomedical, clinical or social web data

• Data Integration
• Linked open data
• Novel approaches for data integration of heterogenous data sources
• Large scale data integration

• Application
• Novel tools and ontologies for data interpretation and visualization
• Pharmacovigilance and drug repurposing using ontologies
• Clinical trial generalizability assessment using ontologies
• Algorithmic phenotyping and cohort identification using ontologies
• Improving the literacy of health information consumers

Important Dates

Sept 25, 2017: Due date for full papers, work-in-progress papers, and poster abstracts

Oct 15, 2017: Notification of acceptance to authors

Oct 25, 2017: Camera-ready of accepted submissions

Nov 13, 2017: SEPDA 2017 Workshop

Journal submission deadline: In early February


Please submit the manuscripts (up to 8 page IEEE 2-column format) through the online submission system. Electronic submissions (in PDF or Postscript format) are required. Selected participants will be asked to submit their revised submissions in a format to be specified at the time of acceptance.

Submission site: Submit a New Paper (


• Organizing Committee

• Zhe He, School of Information, Florida State University, USA
• Cui Tao, School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
• Rui Zhang, Institute for Health Informatics, University of Minnesota, USA
• Jingshan Huang, School of Computing, University of South Alabama, USA
• Jiang Bian, Biomedical Informatics, Health Outcomes & Policy, College of Medicine, University of Florida, USA

• Program Committee

• GQ Zhang, University of Kentucky, USA
• James Geller, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
• Guoqian Jiang, Mayo Clinic, USA
• Tianyong Hao, The Cisco School of Informatics, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
• Amanda Hicks, University of Florida, USA
• Yongqun “Oliver” He, University of Michigan, USA
• Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Weill Cornell College of Medicine, USA
• James Cimino, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
• Licong Cui, University of Kentucky, USA
• Xia Jing, Ohio University, USA
• Riccardo Miotto, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
• Olivier Bodenreider, US National Library of Medicine, USA
• Fleur Mougin, University of Bordeaux, France
• Praveen Chandar, IBM Research, USA
• Ronald Cornet, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
• Yi Guo, University of Florida, USA
• Juan Antonio Lossio-Ventura, University of Florida
• Buzhou Tang, Intelligent Computing Research Center, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen, China
• Zhihui Luo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
• Zhengxing Huang, Zhejiang University, China
• Yonghui Wu, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA

SEPDA 2017 Organizers

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