[BiO BB] CFP: 2nd Ontologies for Biomedical Systems Track with IEEE CBMS 2007

Amandeep S. Sidhu asidhu at biomap.org
Thu Dec 28 06:23:21 EST 2006

2nd Special Track on Ontologies for Biomedical Systems for

20th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems


Biomedical Ontologies have developed in an uncoordinated way, often reflecting
mere relations of 'association' between what are called 'concepts', and serving
primarily the purposes of information extraction from on-line biomedical
literature and databases. In this track we will broadly cover current research
on development biomedical ontologies, and various issues in biomedical
informatics addressed by these ontologies. Track will consist of papers in a
biomedical informatics sub discipline, refereed by international program
committee. Papers selected for this special track should report on significant
unpublished work suitable for publication as a conference paper. This track will
broadly address following areas:
* Conceptual Models for Biological and Medical Data
* Biomedical Data Integration, Analysis and Interoperability
* Support of Ontologies for Biological Information Retrieval and Web Services
* Tools for Development and Management of Biomedical Ontologies

Last year the special track on ONTOLOGIES FOR BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS at CBMS 2006
got a good response and some high quality papers. We have accepted 8 of 17
papers submitted to the track. More information about this track can be found
at: http://cbms06.biomap.org/

In recent years, we have learned a great deal about the criteria which must be
satisfied if ontology is to allow true information integration and automatic
reasoning across data and information derived from different sources. The goal
of this track is to survey existing biomedical ontologies and reform them in
such a way as to allow true information integration in biomedical domain.
Authors are invited to submit original papers exploring the theories,
techniques, and applications of biomedical ontologies. Papers are invited (but
not limited) to the following themes:
* Biomedical Ontologies for Genetics, Proteomics, Diseases, Privacy etc.
* Conceptual Models for Biological and Medical Data
* Semantics in Biological Data Modeling
* Use of semantics to manage Interoperation in Biomedical Databases
* Semantic Web technologies and formalisms for Biomedical Data
* Ontology representation and exchange languages for bioinformatics
* Biomedical Ontologies and OWL
* Biological Data Integration and Management using Ontologies
* Biomedical Data Engineering using Ontologies
* Application of Biomedical Ontologies for Heterogeneous Database Access
* Query Optimization Techniques for Biomedical Database using Ontologies
* Support of Ontologies for Biological Information Retrieval and Web Services
* Change Management in Biomedical Ontologies
* Tools for Development and Management of Biomedical Ontologies

Special Issue and Edited Book

For second year, we will be running a Special Issue of International Journal of
Bioinformatics Research and Applications (IJBRA) on "Ontologies for
Bioinformatics II" in early 2008.Current issue of Ontologies for Bioinformatics,
to be published in 2007 received 24 papers of which 8 are accepted.

High Quality submissions will be published as book chapters in book entitled
"Biomedical Data and Applications", as a part of Series of Studies in
Computational Intelligence of Springer in late 2007.

Important Dates

January 31, 2007        Submission of a 3-page paper summary
March 15, 2007                Notification of acceptance
April 15, 2007                Final camera-ready paper (6 pages, maximum) due
April 15, 2007                Pre-registration deadline

Paper Submission and Publication

Submitted papers have to be original, containing new and original results. There
are two possibilities for initially submitting a paper:
* A full paper (6 pages). It is strongly encouraged to submit a full paper,
which enables reviewers to assess it more objectively and authors to
substantially improve the paper based on the review feedback. In this way, the
high quality of this conference series can be adequately maintained and/or improved.
* A summary (3 pages). CBMS 2007 serves also as a forum for exchanging
interesting and novel results of a work in progress and in this manner provides
participants with an opportunity to come up-to-date on important issues. In this
way, the 3-pages summaries are also accepted in the case that a full paper can
not be delivered until the deadline.

There are two possibilities for presenting an accepted paper: oral presentation
(regular papers) or poster presentation (short papers). Authors can also
indicate their preference when submitting a paper. The final decision will be
made by the Program Committee based on the reviews. All papers will be
peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.

Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register
and present the paper at the CBMS 2007 Symposium. All papers will be peer
reviewed by at least two independent referees. All accepted papers will be
included in the conference proceedings. Additionally, selected high quality
papers may be invited to submit a substantially extended version for the special
issue of an international medical informatics journal (Journal of Medical
Systems, International Journal of Medical Informatics, IEEE Transactions on
Information Technology in Biomedicine,Computer methods and programs in biomedicine).

At least one of authors must pre-register to have the paper published in the
proceedings. If you only plan to attend and are not submitting a paper,
pre-registration is still strongly encouraged. This conference is space-limited,
and registration may not be available on-site.

For further questions, please contact technical program chair: cbms07 at biomap.org

Track Chairs

* Tharam S. Dillon (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
* Elizabeth Chang (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)

Technical Program Chairs

* Amandeep S. Sidhu (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
* Jake Chen (Indiana University, USA)

Amandeep S. Sidhu, MIEEE, MACM, MACS, MISCB
Senior Researcher (Bioinformatics)
Room CB10.04.130
Faculty of Information Technology
University of Technology, Sydney
PO Box 123

Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
UTS Email: asidhu"AT SIGN"it.uts.edu.au
Personal Email: asidhu"AT SIGN"biomap.org
Personal Web: http://www.amandeep.org/
Project Web: http://www.proteinontology.info/

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