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ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedicine

2012: Call for
Papers, Posters, Tutorials and Workshops

October 7
10 2012

Embassy Suites, Downtown Orlando, FL

ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedicine (ACM BCB) is the
main flagship conference of the ACM SIG Bioinformatics. ACM BCB 2012 is in its third year,
building upon the success of ACM BC
B 2010 in Niagara Falls and ACM BCB 2011 in Chicago.
Each of the conference had about 200 attendees. ACM BCB 201

will be held in Orlando from
October 7
10, 2012.

The conference will provide a premier forum for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary res
encompassing disciplines of computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology, bioinformatics,
and biomedicine. The last two decades have led to a tremendous growth in the size and
dimensionality of biological and biomedical data. This conference se
rves to provide information
on leading edge in research in processing, modeling and analyzing these datasets for a variety
of applications.

Examples of the tracks that will be covered include:



Protein & RNA structure

Text mining for biome
dical studies

Comparative genomics, population & cancer genomics

Algorithms for sequence analysis

Bioimage Analysis

Databases, Knowledgebases & Ontologies

The following contributions are sought


Contributed Papers


Contributed Presentations







Details are provided below.

Contributed Papers: ACM BCB’ 12 welcomes original submissions that have not been published
and that are not under review by another conference or journal.

Papers should not exceed 8
pages in ACM template on 8.5 x

11 inch paper (
see ACM templates
All submissions will be
evaluated on their originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and interest to the
conference attend
Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to
register and present the work associated with the paper submitted. All submitted papers will be
reviewed by ACM
BCB’s technical program committee. All accepted papers of registered
uthors will be included in the proceedings published by ACM digital libraries. Selected papers
will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in several journals. All accepted papers
will be required to submit an online ACM Copyright Form. Aut
hors will be contacted by ACM
requesting this information.
Submissions must not exceed 8 letter
size pages using the ACM
format for conference proceedings.

Details for the submission website will be released soon.

Important Dates for Contributed Papers

Abstract submission: May 7, 2012

Paper submission: May 14, 2012

Notifications sent to authors: July 16, 2012

ready papers due: August 16, 2012

Posters: Poster presentations provide a unique environment that enhances informal interactions
with flexi
ble format that enables your work to reach a large audience, at the same time
permitting in
depth discussion. We encourage authors to submit posters (24 inches by 36
inches) that discuss new algorithms or novel computational approaches broadly in
atics, Computational Biology, Systems Biology, and Biomedicine. Presentations
describing either novel computational techniques or significant biological discovery through
application of existing computational techniques are welcome.
Details for the submiss
website will be released soon.

Key dates for the ACM
BCB poster presentation:

Submission deadline: June
, 2012

Notification of Acceptance of Posters: July
16, 2012

This call is an invitation to experts in the field of bioinformatics and computatio
nal biology, as
well as to individuals working at the intersection of computer science and medicine, to present a
tutorial at ACM
BCB 201
. We are looking for tutorials discussing state
the art analysis
methods that provide the audience with broad insig
hts into the discussed methodologies, and
with practical knowledge of how to apply them on their own datasets.



For papers that have been published in a journal after January 1,
2012, we invite authors who would like to present
this work at ACM
BCB to submit: (1) a one
page abstract describing the paper (2) a link to the journal publication and (3) the author who
would give the presentation.


will be chosen based on the scientific impact of the
work and the potentia
l for an exciting talk. If accepted for oral presentation at the conference,
the proceedings will include a two
page extended abstract.

Workshops: The ACM

organizing committee invites proposals for workshops to be
held in conjunction with the con
ference. The purpose of a workshop is to provide participants
with the opportunity to present and discuss novel research ideas on active and emerging topics
in bioinformatics and computational biology. A workshop should also support the interaction and
dback among topic specialists from academia, industry and government.

Workshops that focus on a challenge problem, e.g., flexible docking, computational drug design,
or emerging topics e.g., computational immunology and vaccinology, analysis of protein

interactions, multi
scale modeling, are especially welcome.

Please note that the conference
does not have funding for invitation of workshop speakers. All workshop attendees are expected
to register for the conference. Student participants in the worksho
ps can apply for a limited
number of student travel fellowships from the conference on a competitive basis.

The workshops organizers must be prepared to create a workshop web page to be linked to the
main conference web page, announce the workshop and call

for papers, gather submissions,
conduct the review process and decide the final workshop pro
gram. They must also prepare an
informal workshop proceedings to be distributed with the registration materials at the conference
or published on the web. They may

choose to form organizing or program committees for
assistance in these tasks. The logistics of the workshops will be coordinated with help from the


Workshop Proposals should be no more than 3 pages in length and must include
the following:

Description of the workshop abstract, objectives, goals, relevance, and expected outcome

Description of workshop topic and the associated research issues

Description of the target audience

Past workshops and other related recent workshops

eferred duration of the workshop (full day or half day)

Contact information (address, email, and phone) for all organizers

A designated contact person

The organizers may include 2 additional pages to provide the following additional information:

One or mo
re potential invited speakers

A list of potential authors

A list of potential attendees

Proposals should be submitted by February 14, 2012 by email (with subject “ACM
Workshop Proposal” to Vasant Honavar (, Proposers will be noti
fied by
March 1, 2012

Tutorials: We are looking for tutorials discussing state
the art analysis methods that provide
the audience with broad insights into the discussed methodologies, and with practical
knowledge of how to apply them on their own datase
ts. Tutorial submission should consist of:
Title and description (1 page), Proposer’s name, brief biography and contact information, and
length of the tutorial (should be between 2
4 hours). It should also provide the intended
audience, background requirem
ent, importance to the BCB community and benefits to the
participants. Additional details are available on the conference website. Tutorial proposals
should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the general chair no later than May 21.

Organizing Co

General Chair

Sanjay Ranka, University of Florida

Program Co

Tamer Kahveci, University of Florida

Mona Singh, Princeton University

Area Chairs:

Systems Biology

Jinbo Xu,Toyota Technological Institute

Christina Leslie, Memorial
Kettering Cancer Center

Carl Kingsford, University of Maryland

Protein & RNA Structure

Lenore Cowen, Tufts University

Chris Bailey
Kellogg, Darmouth College

Lydia Kavraki, Rice University

Text Mining for Biomedical Studies

Sun Kim, Indiana Uni

Hagit Shatkay, University of Delaware

Alfonso Valencia, Spanish National Cancer Research Center

Comparative Genomics, Population & Cancer Genomics

Oliver Eulenstein
, Iowa State University

Tanya Berger
, University of Illinois at Chicago


, Brown University

Algorithms for Sequence Analysis

John Kececioglu, University of Arizona

Cenk Sahinalp, Simon Frasier University

Mihai Pop, University of Maryland

Dan Gusfield, University of California



Visualization & Bioimaging

mbuj Singh
, University of California at Santa Barbara

Robert Murphy
, Carnegie Melon University

Databases, Knowledgebases & Ontologies

Limsoon Wong
, National University of Singapore

Suzanna Lewis
, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Workshop Chair

Honavar, Iowa State University

Publicity C

Mehmet Koyuturk, Case Western Reserve University

Steering Committee:

Aidong Zhang, State University of New York at Buffalo, Chair

Registration Chair

Preetam Ghosh, VCU

Proceedings Chair

Jing Gao, SUNY

Local Arrangement Chairs

Hu Haiyan, Unviersity of Central Florida

Xiaoning Qian, University of South Florida