METMBS'01 Call for papers and technical session proposals

Faramarz Valafar faramarz at cns.bu.edu
Mon Mar 5 04:17:40 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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