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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


http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/ACM
-
BCB2012/


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
2

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


The conference will provide a premier forum for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary res
earch
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:



System
s

biology



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

1.

Contributed Papers

2.

Contributed Presentations

3.

Posters

4.

Workshop
s

5.

Tutorials


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
ees.
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
a
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

Camera
-
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
Bioinform
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
ion
website will be released soon.


Key dates for the ACM
-
BCB poster presentation:


Submission deadline: June
16
, 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
2
. We are looking for tutorials discussing state
-
of
-
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.


Contributed

Presentations
:

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.

Presentations

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
-
BCB
-
201
2

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
fee
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
-
RNA

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
ACM BCB
-
201
2

organizers.


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



Pr
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
-
BCB
Workshop Proposal” to Vasant Honavar (honavar@cs.iastate.edu), Proposers will be noti
fied by
March 1, 2012

Tutorials: We are looking for tutorials discussing state
-
of
-
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
mmittee

General Chair

Sanjay Ranka, University of Florida


Program Co
-
chairs

Tamer Kahveci, University of Florida

Mona Singh, Princeton University



Area Chairs:

Systems Biology


Jinbo Xu,Toyota Technological Institute


Christina Leslie, Memorial
Sloan
-
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
versity


Hagit Shatkay, University of Delaware


Alfonso Valencia, Spanish National Cancer Research Center


Comparative Genomics, Population & Cancer Genomics


Oliver Eulenstein
, Iowa State University

Tanya Berger
-
Wolf
, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ben

Raphael
, 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

at

Davis


Visualization & Bioimaging


A
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

Vasant
Honavar, Iowa State University


Publicity C
hair

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
Buffalo


Local Arrangement Chairs

Hu Haiyan, Unviersity of Central Florida

Xiaoning Qian, University of South Florida