METMBS'2000 Call for PAPers

Faramarz Valafar faramarz at cns.bu.edu
Wed Feb 23 11:05:08 EST 2000


The 2000 International Conference on Mathematics and Engineering
Techniques in Medicine and Biological Sciences
(METMBS'2000)
<http://www.cns.bu.edu/metmbs/>

June 26 - 29, 2000
Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Call for Papers



Recent advances in computer technology have provided the tools and the
environment to study, analyze, and better understand complex systems. This
technological development has enabled researchers to collect and analyze
massive amounts of data to a scale previously not possible. The impact of
this technology is now being felt in the medical field and in the biological
sciences.   In recent years, research in interdisciplinary areas such as
Bioinformatics and computer assisted medical decision-making has
dramatically intensified.  METMBS'2000 aims to provide a platform for
researchers to present and discuss recent breakthroughs in this area.

The METMBS'2000 Conference will be held concurrently (i.e., same location
and dates) with the International Conference on Parallel and Distributed
Processing Techniques and Applications (PDPTA'2000), the International
Conference on Imaging Science, Systems, and Technology (CISST) and the
International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IC-AI).

You are invited to submit a draft paper of about 4 pages and/or a proposal
to organize a technical session (see below for submission information).  All
accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

THE NAMES OF TECHNICAL SESSION CHAIRS WILL APPEAR AS ASSOCIATE EDITORS ON
THE COVER OF THE CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS.



SCOPE

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

o Bioinformatics: This includes informatics techniques in genomics gene
sequencing, gene pattern discovery, gene pattern-function studies, and other
genomics related studies).

o Data mining in medicine and biological sciences.

o Pattern recognition in medicine and biological sciences.

o Signal processing in medicine and biological sciences (e.g. biomedical
signal processing, etc.)
o Image processing in medicine and biological sciences (e.g. biomedical
image processing, biomedical imaging, etc.)

o Medical decision-making.
o Medical Physics.
o Biomedical Engineering.
o Biomedical Electronics.
o Biosignal interpretation.
o Any application of computers in Medicine and biological sciences (protein
structure-function analysis, drug and protein design, molecular modeling and
simulation, etc.)
o Application of information technology in biomedicine (e.g. medical
database management, information retrieval and use of computers in
hospitals)
o Application of Computational Intelligence (artificial neural networks,
fuzzy logic, and evolutionary computing) in medicine and biological sciences
o Medical and bio-computing.
o Computer-based medical systems (automation in medicine, etc.)
o Recent history (1990-1999) of Mathematics and engineering techniques in
medicine and biological sciences, and what to expect during the next decade
(2000-2009); New horizons. Review articles)
o Other aspects and applications relating to technological advancements in
medicine and biological sciences.



SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Prospective authors are invited to submit three copies of their draft paper
(about 4 pages) to F. Valafar (address is given below) by February 28, 2000.
E-mail and Fax submissions are also acceptable.  The length of the
Camera-Ready papers (if accepted) will be limited to 7 pages.  Papers must
not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication
elsewhere.

The first page of the draft paper should include: title of the paper, name,
affiliation, postal address, E-mail address, telephone number, and Fax
number for each author.  The first page should also include the name of the
author who will be presenting the paper (if accepted) and a maximum of 5
keywords.


PROPOSAL FOR ORGANIZING TECHNICAL SESSIONS

Each technical session will have  at least 6 paper presentations.  The
session chairs will be responsible for all aspects of their sessions,
including soliciting papers, reviewing, selecting, ...

The names of session chairs will appear as Associate Editors in the
conference proceedings.  After the conference, some sessions will be
considered for publication in appropriate journals as Special Issues with
the session proposer as the Guest Editor of the journal.

Proposals to organize technical sessions should include the following
information: name and address (+ E-mail) of the proposer, title of session,
a 100-word description of the topic of the session, and a short description
on how the session will be advertised (in most cases, session proposers
solicit papers from colleagues and researchers whose work is known to the
session proposer).

Mail your proposal to F. Valafar (address is given below); E-mail
submissions are preferred.


EVALUATION PROCESS

Papers will be evaluated for originality, significance, clarity, and
soundness.  Two researchers in the topical area will referee each paper.
The Camera-Ready papers will be reviewed by one person.


PUBLICATION

The conference proceedings will be published by CSREA Press (ISBN).  The
proceedings will be available at the conference.  Some accepted papers will
also be considered for journal publication (soon after the conference).


ORGANIZERS/SPONSORS

A number of university faculty members and their staff, in cooperation with
the Monte Carlo Resort (Conference Division, Las Vegas), will be organizing
the conference.  The conference will be sponsored by Computer Science
Research, Education, & Applications Press (CSREA: USA Federal EIN #
58-2171953) in cooperation with research centers, international
associations, international research groups, and developers of
high-performance machines and systems.  The complete list of sponsors and
co-sponsors will be available at a later time.

The last conference's sponsors included: CSREA, the National Supercomputing
Center for Energy and the Environment - DOE, The International Association
for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, The International Technology
Institute (ITI), The Java High Performance Computing research group, Korea
Information Processing Society, World Scientific and Engineering Society,
Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc., the Computer Vision Research and
Applications Tech., and more.


LOCATION OF CONFERENCE

The conference will be held in the Monte Carlo Resort Hotel, Las Vegas,
Nevada, USA.  This is a mega hotel with excellent conference facilities and
over 3000 rooms.  The hotel is minutes from the Las Vegas airport with free
shuttles to and from the airport.  This hotel has many vacation and
recreational attractions, including: waterfalls, casino, spa, pools & kiddie
pools, sunning decks, Easy River water ride, wave pool with cascades,
lighted tennis courts, health spa (with workout equipment, whirlpool, sauna,
...), arcade virtual reality game rooms, nightly shows, snack bars, a number
of restaurants, shopping area, bars, ...  Many of these attractions are open
24 hours a day and most are suitable for families and children.  The
negotiated hotel's room rate for conference attendees is very reasonable
($79 + tax) per night (no extra charge for double occupancy) for the
duration of the conference.

The hotel is within walking distance from most other Las Vegas attractions
(major shopping areas, recreational destinations, fine dining and night
clubs, free street shows, and more).

For the benefit of our international colleagues: the state of Nevada
neighbors with the states of California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.
Las Vegas is only a few driving hours away from other major cities and
attractions, including: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon,
and more.


EXHIBITION

An exhibit is planned for the duration of the conference.  We have reserved
20+ exhibit spaces.  Interested parties should contact F. Valafar (address
is given below).  All exhibitors will be considered to be the co-sponsors of
the conference.


IMPORTANT DATES

February 28, 2000 (Monday): Draft papers (about 4 pages) due
April 3, 2000 (Monday):  Notification of acceptance
May 1, 2000 (Monday):  Camera-Ready papers & Prereg. due
June 26 - 29, 2000:  PDPTA'2000 Conference

Proposals to organize technical sessions should be submitted as soon as
possible.  All accepted papers are expected to be presented at the
conference.


MEMBERS OF PROGRAM & ORGANIZING COMMITTEES

The Program Committee is currently being formed.  Those interested in
joining the Program Committee should e-mail F. Valafar (faramarz at cns.bu.edu
<mailto:faramarz at cns.bu.edu>) the following information: Name, affiliation
and position, complete mailing address, e-mail address, tel/fax numbers, a
short biography together with research interests.


OTHER INFORMATION

Last year PDPTA, CISST, and IC-AI had research contributions from over 44
countries (over 900 participants from all over the world.)  To make this a
more complete suite of conferences, we have added METMBS.  METMBS will also
have a strong international flavor and offers its participants an
introduction to a wide range of related interdisciplinary subjects through
the other three conferences.


CONFERENCE CONTACT:

            Faramarz Valafar
            Cognitive and Neural Systems
            Boston University
            677 Beacon Street
            Boston, MA 02215

            Tel: (617) 353-5134
            Fax: (617) 353-7755
            E-mail: Faramarz at cns.bu.edu <mailto:Faramarz at cns.bu.edu>

















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