METMBS'01 Call for papers and technical session proposals

Faramarz Valafar faramarz at cns.bu.edu
Sat Mar 3 01:59:24 EST 2001


The 2001 International Conference on Mathematics and Engineering


Techniques in Medicine and Biological Sciences


METMBS'2001 (Extended deadline: March 22)


http://www.cns.bu.edu/metmbs/


June 25 - 28, 2001


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'2001 aims to provide a platform for


researchers to present and discuss recent breakthroughs in this area.


The METMBS'2001 Conference will be held concurrently (i.e., same location


and dates) with a number of international conferences: International


Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and


Applications (PDPTA'2001), the International Conference on Imaging Science,


Systems, and Technology (CISST'2001), International Conference on Internet


computing (IC'2001), ...


The last concurrent meeting of this group of conferences in year 2000 had


research contributions from 46 countries (the events held in Las Vegas had


over 1100 participants from all over the world.) It is hoped that


METMBS'2001 will maintain its strong international flavor in this year's


meeting as well.


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 March 22, 2001.


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 Professor 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, 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


March 22, 2001 (Thursday): Draft papers (about 4 pages) due


April 2, 2001 (Monday): Notification of acceptance


May 1, 2001 (Tuesday): Camera-Ready papers & Prereg. due


June 25 - 28, 2001: METMBS'2001 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)


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


It is planned to add other related conferences and workshops to be held


simultaneously (same location and dates) creating an international


multiconference. Each conference will have it's own proceedings and


technical/research sessions.




CONFERENCE CONTACT:


Faramarz Valafar


Cognitive and Neural Systems


Boston University


677 Beacon Street


Boston, MA 02215



Fax: (617) 353-7755


E-mail: Faramarz at cns.bu.edu











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