|From:||Trish Whetzel <plwhetzel@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Sun, 5 Dec 2010 14:30:06 -0800|
Trish Whetzel, PhD
International Conference on Biomedical Ontology: ICBO 2011
Buffalo, New York
Call for Papers
Scope of conference
Ontologies are being used in an ever increasing variety of ways by researchers in almost every life science discipline, and their use in annotation of both clinical and experimental data is now a common technique in integrative translational research. Principles-based ontologies are being developed for the description of biological and biomedical phenomena of almost every type. To be maximally effective, such ontologies must work well together. But as ontologies become more commonly used and as their breadth of coverage increases, the problems involved in achieving coordination in ontology development become ever more urgent.
The International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies series was initiated in 2009 to address these problems by providing an overarching forum with the goal of bringing together representatives of all major communities involved in the development and application of ontologies in biomedicine and related areas.
Contributions are welcome on any topic in the broad area of biomedical ontology, with emphasis on the following topics:
All ontologies described in submissions must be available for open public review.
Papers are to be limited to 2000 words not including abstract or references and can be at most 10 pages inclusive. They must in every case clearly describe how to access the ontologies discussed. Screen shots, when included, should be big enough to read. A submission may take the form of a report on a specific ontology for which thorough documentation has been made available for open public review, ideally as part of the ontology file itself. In such cases the submitter is encouraged to include substantial portions of the ontology document in the body of the paper.
The conference program will be centered around topically organized sessions where papers are presented. The program will include, in addition, software demonstrations, poster sessions, and a panel debate on ontologies and the electronic health record. A keynote lecture on the Virtual Physiological Human Project will be given by Bernard de Bono of the European Bioinformatics Institute.
Tutorials and Workshops
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, etc.).
Workshops are full-day or two-day events. They are 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.
Papers accepted for workshops will be published together with the ICBO 2011 on-site proceedings.
Workshop and tutorial proposals should include the title of the event, name, affiliation, mailing address and e-mail addresses of the proposers. They should include also a description of the proposed event (maximum 200 words), including an explanation of how the workshop/tutorial will contribute to the field of biomedical ontology. Proposals must include, in addition, a short CV of the proposer explaining their qualifications for the proposed event, including experience in teaching and/or in organizing scientific events.
Workshop proposers should additionally provide names of at least two program committee members who can review their proposal and should describe how they will advertise the workshop in order to receive a sufficient number of submissions and participants. They should also explain the rationale for addressing their specific topic in the workshop rather than in the main conference. One important argument for a workshop would be to attract more people to ICBO.
Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Consortium
The Doctoral and Postdoctoral Consortium is designed to provide an opportunity for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers to network with other early career scientists and to receive direct mentorship from experts in the field. Intending participants should submit a 1-page extended abstract, which may be a description of their current or planned research, an abstract of their PhD proposal, or a description of a related issue such as methodology. Please contact Albert Goldfain (albertgoldfain@xxxxxxxxx) for further information.
Those wishing to submit proposals for software demonstrations should contact Trish Whetzel (whetzel@xxxxxxxxxxxx) before May 1, 2011.
A number of fellowships will be available to support participation by students and by early-career researchers (less than 5 years from award of PhD). Submission details will be made available in due course.
Details Regarding Submission and Publication
All papers for both the main ICBO conference and the associated workshops will be published in a set of proceedings made available to all workshop and conference participants at the time of the meeting.
In addition, a number of papers will be selected for further refereeing for publication in the open access Journal of Biomedical Semantics.
Submit workshop, proposals, conference papers, posters, and workshop papers to http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icbo2011. All submissions should be PDF files formatted according to LNCS. See: Information for LNCS Authors.
Details of the ICBO conference and of its co-located tutorials and courses can be found at http://icbo.buffalo.edu.
Participation in this meeting by women, minorities, and persons with disabilities is strongly encouraged.
Program committee will include, in addition to the above:
The National Center for Biomedical Ontology
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