[Computational-biology] CFP: ICBO2013 - International Conference on Biomedical Ontology - Call for Papers

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The Fourth International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies 2013
(ICBO2013)  http://www.unbsj.ca/sase/csas/data/ws/icbo2013/
will be held at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, on July 8th -
9th 2013. The conference aim is to foster discussion, exchange,
and innovation in research and development in the areas Biomedical
Ontology. Researchers and professionals from biology, medicine,
computer science and engineering are invited to share their knowledge
and experience. The event is part of the Semantic Trilogy2013

*    International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2013)

*    Canadian Semantic Web Symposium (CSWS 2013)

*    Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS 2013)

Call for Submissions: http://www.unbsj.ca/sase/csas/data/ws/icbo2013/cfp.html
Ontologies are increasingly used in the semantic description of
biological and medical data from creation to publication and
consumption by semantically enabled applications. To be effective
ontologies must be of high quality and work well together.

Techniques for ontology use, good ontology design, ontology
maintenance, and ontology coordination. Research papers in the areas
of the
application of ontologies to biomedical problems, ontology design and
ontology interoperability, at any stage in the process of data
to its use in applications. Approaches to ontology building and use.
Use of such ontologies in knowledge management, knowledge discovery
and next-generation publishing.

Topics: http://www.unbsj.ca/sase/csas/data/ws/icbo2013/themes.html

Ontologies for biomedical research and clinical applications
Reports on ontologies for, and their application in, high throughput
omics data and systems biology, toxicology and environmental health,
disorders, diseases, phenotypes and physiology, SNP variation and
pharmacogenomics, translational research and personalized medicine,
public health and electronic health care, are invited.

Foundations and methodology
Papers on foundational and methodological issues pertaining to
biomedical ontology are invited. Eligible topics are, though not
limited to, the following; knowledge representation and reasoning,
philosophical foundations of ontology, upper-level ontologies, topics
in ontology engineering including design and life cycle, methodologies
for knowledge elicitation and capture, ontology-oriented text mining
techniques, ontology modularity, mapping, merging, and alignment of
ontologies, and ontology evaluation.

Biomedical ontologies and the Semantic Web
Research on formal representation of biomedical knowledge using RDF
and OWL, Identifiers, mappings & normalization, biomedical research
using linked data, integration strategies using the linked open data
cloud, visualization and manipulation of ontology, federation of
online resources, workflows and semantic web services for biomedical
knowledge discovery.

Social aspects of biomedical ontologies
Perpectives from biomedical ontologists on community standards,
adoption, and proliferation of semantics, use of semantic wikis,
bio-curation & crowdsourcing techniques, user engagement and feedback,
semantic publishing and provenance, governance, evolution and

Submissions: http://www.unbsj.ca/sase/csas/data/ws/icbo2013/submissions.html

All accepted submissions will be published as part of the Conference
Proceedings. Papers are to be prepared using templates (available on
website) and submitted via EasyChair. Details will follow in the full
Call for Papers in December 2012.

1. Long Research Paper (up to 15 pages) should satisfy the following
criteria: original research; novelty in methodology and/or in research
results; significant development with large potential for impact;
theoretical soundness and/or strong evaluation with demonstration of
utility in applications.

2. Short Research Paper (up to 8 pages) should satisfy the following
criteria: original research; methodological soundness with either
novel methodology & application, or demonstrated improvement over
existing methods (with appropriate validation), or the use of existing
methodology but in novel application. Short papers are appropriate for
applied research or systems, or the development of new approaches.

3. Systems Paper (up to 4 pages) must describe the functionality,
availability, and an application of the system. The system itself must
be demonstrated at the conference.

4. Early Career Track (up to 8 pages) is to support the work of young
investigators. There will be an Early Career Track session for the
presentation of the papers. The ECT paper review and acceptance
criteria are the same as the short research papers. The staggered
submission dates allows submissions (from young investigators) that
are not accepted as long or short research papers to be revised and
re-submitted; as well as allow first time submissions from young
investigators to the Early Career Track directly.

5. Late Breaking Report (up to 2 pages)
This track is for extended abstracts of posters. A limited set of the
peer-reviewed reports will be selected to be presented as a flash
talk. All reports must be presented as posters. Late breaking reports
should address a clearly defined problem that is of interest to the
DILS community. A late breaking report is appropriate for interesting
preliminary results; and systems updates.

6. Highlights (up to 500 words)
This track highlights original peer-reviewed research with significant
impact on data integration research or life sciences research that is
published between May 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013. The submission is a
short abstract highlighting the importance of the work for the DILS
community. If the publication is not open access, then the authors
must make the paper available to the review committee.

7. Workshops
Workshops are half-day or full-day scientific events intended to
provide a forum for the discussion of a specific topic through
individual paper presentations. The workshop organizers will be
responsible for advertising the workshop and reviewing and selecting
the contributions. Workshops can be events focusing on a specific
topic; they can also include interest group meetings, or meetings
designed to disseminate the results of a research project on a
specific topic.

8. Tutorials
Tutorials are educational events. They may be either for a full day or
for a half day. They should focus on one specific topic presented by
one or two experts and involve interaction with the audience.
Tutorials can include hands-on training, in which case the proposal
should specify the exact requirements (laptops, software to install,

Important dates: http://www.unbsj.ca/sase/csas/data/ws/icbo2013/dates.html

4 January 2013:
Workshop and tutorial proposal submission deadline

18 January 2013:
Notification of acceptance of workshops and tutorial proposals

1 February 2013:
Conference (long & short) paper submission deadline

1 April 2013:
Notification of conference paper acceptance

15 April 2013:
System, early career and workshop paper submission deadline

15 May 2013:
Notification of system, early career and workshop paper acceptance

20 May 2013:
Submission of late breaking reports and highlight track papers

1 June 2013:
Notification of acceptance of late breaking reports and highlight-track papers

15 June 2013:
Deadline for all camera-ready copies for the proceedings

Organizing Committee:

Co-Scientific Chair: Michel Dumontier
Co-Scientific Chair: Christopher Baker
Local Organizer: Gregory Butler
Program Chair: Robert Hoehndorf
Workshop and Tutorial Chair: Chris Mungall
Poster and Demonstration Chair: Trish Whetzel
Proceedings and Special Issue Chair: Janna Hastings
Early Career Chair: Melissa Haendle
Publicity Chair: Sivaram Arabandi
Sponsorship Chair: TBD

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