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PACBB 2020 : 14th International Conference on Practical Applications of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics


When Jun 16, 2020 - Jun 19, 2020
Where L'Aquila (Italy)
Submission Deadline Jan 31, 2020
Notification Due Mar 9, 2020
Final Version Due Mar 30, 2020
Categories    computational biology   bioinformatics

Call For Papers


The success of Bioinformatics in recent years has been prompted by research in Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine in several initiatives. These initiatives gave rise to an exponential increase in the volume and diversification of data, including nucleotide and protein sequences and annotations, high-throughput experimental data, biomedical literature, among many others.

Systems Biology is a related research area that has been replacing the reductionist view that dominated Biology research in the last decades, requiring the coordinated efforts of biological researchers with those related to data analysis, mathematical modeling, computer simulation and optimization.

The accumulation and exploitation of large-scale data bases prompts for new computational technology and for research into these issues. In this context, many widely successful computational models and tools used by biologists in these initiatives, such as clustering and classification methods for gene expression data, are based on Computer Science/ Artificial Intelligence (CS/AI) techniques. In fact, these methods have been helping in tasks related to knowledge discovery, modeling and optimization tasks, aiming at the development of computational models so that the response of biological complex systems to any perturbation can be predicted.

The 14th International Conference on Practical Applications of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics (PACBB) aims to promote the interaction among the scientific community to discuss applications of CS/AI with an interdisciplinary character, exploring the interactions between sub-areas of CS/AI, Bioinformatics, Chemoinformatics and Systems Biology.

Brand new ideas in these fields are sought, as well as substantial and relevant revisions and actualizations of previously presented work, project summaries and PhD thesis presented or not.


PACBB welcomes contributions reporting substantial, original and previously unpublished work in all areas of Bioinformatics, Chemoinformatics and Systems Biology. The papers can be presented from a formal, methodological, technical or applied point of view.

Biological areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

-Next generation sequencing
-Comparison and alignment methods
-Motif, gene and signal recognition
-Molecular evolution
-DNA twisting and folding
-High-throughput data analysis (transcriptomics, proteomics, etc)
-Phylogenetics and phylogenomics
-Determination or prediction of the structure of RNA and proteins
-Gene expression data analysis
-Identification of metabolic pathways
-Functional genomics
-Biomarker identification
-Molecular docking and drug design
-Computational problems in genetics such as linkage and QTL analysis, linkage disequilibrium analysis in populations, haplotype determination, SNPs
-Molecular and cellular interactions
-Emergence of properties in complex biological systems
-Visualization of biological systems and networks
-Data and software integration
-Biomedical ontologies
-In silico optimization of biological systems
-Metabolic engineering applications
-Cell simulation and modeling
-Metabolic, regulatory and signaling models/ networks: properties, dynamics, inference/ reconstruction
-Metabolomics/ metabolic fingerprints
-Health-care applications
-Bio imaging

Computacional areas of interest include, but ar not limited to:

-Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining techniques
-Text Mining and Language Processing
-Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
-Rough, Fuzzy and Hybrid Techniques
-Hidden Markov Models
-Bayesian Approaches
-Artificial Neural Networks
-Support Vector Machines
-Evolutionary Computing
-Case-Based Reasoning systems
-Non-linear dynamical analysis methods and Intelligent signal processing
-Feature selection


Program Committee

Mohd Saberi Mohamad
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

Miguel Rocha
University of Minho

Organising Committee

Florentino Fdez-Riverola
University of Vigo

Gabriella Panuccio
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Roberto Casado Vara
University of Salamanca


Virginia Dignum

"Developing and using AI responsibly"
UmeƄ University

Alessio Lomuscio

"Towards formally verifying forthcoming multi-agent systems"
Imperial Coleague London

Sascha Ossowski

"Building multiagent applications with agreement technologies"
University Rey Juan Carlos


The aim of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide a frame where students can present their on going research work and meet other students and researchers, and obtain feedback on future research directions.

The Doctoral Consortium is intended for students who have a specific research proposal and some preliminary results, but who are still far from completing their dissertation.

All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a thorough reviewing process with the aim to provide detailed and constructive feedback. The accepted submissions will be presented at the Doctoral Consortium and published in the conference proceedings.


Authors of selected papers from PACBB 2020 will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to special issue in different journals.

-The research that receives an award for best paper on the topic of Data Fusion, will be sent to Information Fusion (JCR 2018: 10.716) and submitted for a quick review.

-Authors of selected papers from PAAMS 2020 and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Section published in Neurocomputing (JCR 2018 Neurocomputing: 4.072).

-Special issue in the Interdisciplinary Sciences-Computational Life Sciences. JCR 2018: 1,418 (Q3, MATHEMATICAL & COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY)

-Special issue in the Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics (SCImago: Q3) - Indexed by PubMed and DBLP Computer Science Bibliography

-Authors of selected papers from PAAMS 2020 and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Section published in Electronics (JCR 2018 Electronics: 1.764 (Q3)).

-Authors of selected papers from PAAMS 2019 and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Issue published in ADCAIJ (ISSN: 2255-2863, indexed in DOAJ, ProQuest, Scholar, WorldCat, Dialnet, Sherpa ROMEO, Dulcinea, UlrichWeb, Emerging Sources Citation Index of Thomson Reuters, BASE y Academic Journals Database)


Electronics MDPI will award the best paper with 300 CHF

More information:


All accepted papers will be published by Springer Verlag, AISC series:

** Indexing: The books of this series are submitted to ISI Proceedings, EI-Compendex, DBLP, SCOPUS, Google Scholar and Springerlink **


Submission deadline: 31th January, 2020
Doctoral Consortium deadline: 29th February, 2020
Notification date: 9th March, 2020
Camera-ready deadline: 30th March, 2020
Conference dates: 17th-19th June, 2020


All papers must be formatted according to the AISC template, with a maximum length of 8 pages, including figures and references:

-Microsoft word format.
-Latex Format.


All proposed papers must be submitted in electronic form (PDF format) using the PACBB 2020 conference management system.


Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (Malysia)
University of Minho (Portugal)
University of Vigo (Spain)
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy)
University of Salamanca (Spain)

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