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[ontolog-forum] ICBO 2011 Deadline Extension

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From: Trish Whetzel <plwhetzel@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:34:50 -0800
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International Conference on Biomedical Ontology: ICBO 2011  

The submission deadline for papers to ICBO 2011 has been extended to
       March 11, 2011.


Important Dates:

                *** EXTENDED*** March 11: Deadline for submission of papers for the main ICBO conference

                March 24: Notification of acceptance of papers for the main ICBO conference

                April 1: Conference fellowship applications due

                April 1: Deadline for submission of workshop papers

                April 20: Deadline for submission of posters and of extended abstracts for doctoral and postdoctoral consortium

                April 30: Notification of acceptance of workshop papers

                May 1: Software demo proposals due

                May 10: Notification of acceptance of posters

                June 10: Deadline for submission of camera-ready copy


                Workshops and Tutorials: July 26-27, 2011

                Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Colloquium 4pm-7pm July 27, 2011

                ICBO Conference: July 28-30, 2011


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:

                Techniques and technologies for collaborative ontology development

                Reasoning with biomedical ontologies

                Evaluation of biomedical ontologies

                Biomedical ontology and the Semantic Web


Ontologies for :

                Biomedical imaging

                Biochemistry and drug discovery

                Biomedical investigations, experimentation, clinical trials

                Clinical and translational research

                Development and anatomy

                Electronic health records

                Evolution and phylogeny


                Neuroscience, psychiatry, cognition


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.

Conference Program

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 half-day or full-day scientific 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. 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. Workshop and tutorial proposals should be submitted to the easychair website:  https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=icbo2011

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.

Software Demonstrations

Those wishing to submit proposals for software demonstrations should contact Trish Whetzel (whetzel@xxxxxxxxxxxx) before May 1, 2011.

Student fellowships

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 tohttp://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 athttp://icbo.buffalo.edu.

Participation in this meeting by women, minorities, and persons with disabilities is strongly encouraged.


Organizing Committee

                Barry Smith, University at Buffalo (Conference Chair)

                Judith Blake, The Jackson Laboratory

                Suzanna E. Lewis, Berkeley National Laboratory

                Mark Musen, Stanford University

                Susanna-Assunta Sansone, University of Oxford

                Chris Stoeckert, University of Pennsylvania

                Dagobert Soergel, University at Buffalo


Scientific Committee

                Alan Ruttenberg, University at Buffalo (Chair)

                Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine (Co-Chair)

                Maryanne Martone, University of California at San Diego (Co-Chair)

                Stefan Schulz, University of Freiburg (Workshop and Tutorials Chair)

                Albert Goldfain, University at Buffalo (Doctoral and Postdoctoral Colloquium Chair)

                Trish Whetzel, Stanford University (Software Demonstrations Chair)


Program committee will include, in addition to the above:

                Colin Batchelor, Royal Society of Chemistry

                Sebastian Brandt, University of Manchester

                Werner Ceusters, University at Buffalo

                Rex Chisholm, Northwestern University

                Melanie Courtot, British Columbia Cancer Research Centre

                Lindsay Cowell, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

                Alexander Diehl, University at Buffalo

                Michel Dumontier, Carleton University

                Louis J. Goldberg, University at Buffalo

                Janna Hastings, European Bioinformatics Institute

                Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University

                Robert Hoehndorf, University of Cambridge

                Jobst Landgrebe, International Institute for the Safety of Medicines Ltd.

                Phillip Lord, Newcastle University

                Alexa McCray, Harvard Medical School

                J. L. E. Mejino, Jr., University of Washington

                Christopher Mungall, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

                Darren Natale, Georgetown University

                Chimezie Ogbuji, Cleveland Clinic

                Helen Parkinson, European Bioinformatics Institute

                Bjoern Peters, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

                Daniel Rubin, Stanford University

                Peter Robinson, Charité Hospital, Berlin

                Ulrike Sattler, University of Manchester

                Richard Scheuermann, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

                Robert Stevens, University of Manchester

                Ida Sim, University of California at San Francisco

                Harold Solbrig, Mayo Clinic

                Kent Spackman, International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization

                Cathy Wu, Georgetown University / University of Delaware

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