CALL FOR PAPERS
Distributed Applications, Web Services, Tools
and GRID Infrastructures for Bioinformatics
July 10-13, 2006
Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy
It is well known that bioinformatics has to cope with one of the largest
amounts of information in all knowledge domains. This information is
exponentially increasing in volume and distributed over the network,
with heterogeneous data structures, information systems and semantics.
The biomedical research domain is also one of the fastest evolving research
areas. New knowledge and hypotheses are accumulated daily, leading to new
data and elaboration needs, which are often peculiar and different
from one application domain to another. Hence, the development of general
purpose applications is difficult and limited to basic tools.
Two main approaches to the problem of efficiently accessing such huge
amount of data have been proposed: gathering all information in a unique
data warehouse or carrying out all possible elaborations remotely.
Each of these approaches has pros and cons.
Main limitations of the data warehouse approach are concerned with managing
the overhead needed to set up and maintain data and analysis tools up-to-date,
whereas limitations of the network-based approach are mainly related with
the need of dealing with heterogeneous formats and network bottlenecks.
Remote access to this huge amount of information requires complex search
and retrieval software. The activity of data integration is concerned
with the semantics of the information; in particular how to link data and
how to pipe retrieval and analysis steps.
A workflow is "a computerized facilitation or automation of a business
process, in whole or part". Its main goal is the implementation of data
analysis processes in standardized environments. Its main advantages relate
to effectiveness, reproducibility, reusability and traceability.
Implementation of workflow management software has already started.
Enactment of workflows over the network has been greatly simplified by
the development of XML-related standards and by the adoption of more
powerful RPC mechanisms, like the ones provided by Web Services.
Moreover, high performance network infrastructures, like GRID, now offer
an improved environment where remote applications can be effectively
To summarize, advantages of remote data analysis versus the warehouse
approach are clear. Diffusion of automation is quickly improving as to
available technologies and tools and their diffusion in the biomedical
domain. This workshop will focus on technologies, tools and applications
that can now be applied in bioinformatics.
A non exhaustive list of topics relevant to the workshop includes:
Technologies and technological platforms:
- Standards and protocols for Web Services
- Choreography and Orchestration of Web Services
- Comparison of available technologies, limitations, pros and cons
- Knowledge representation and knowledge modeling tools for biological data
- Ontologies, databases and applications of semantics in bioinformatics
- Semantic Web technologies
New tools for bioinformatics:
- Web Services and related tools
- Workflow management systems and enactment portals
- Technologies for GRID infrastructures
- Semantic Web tools
Applications in bioinformatics
- Case studies, scenarios and use cases
- Remote applications for life sciences analysis
- Workflows for actual data analysis in life sciences
- Data intensive applications on GRID solutions
- Remote biological data mining
Oral presentations due: May 5, 2006
Notification to authors: May 22, 2006
Posters and position papers due: May 31, 2006
Early registration: May 31, 2006
Conference Dates: July 10-13, 2006
SUBMISSION OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Authors are encouraged to submit:
submit an extended abstract (4-5 A4 pages, size 12pt).
Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee and acceptance
or rejection will be communicated to authors.
All submissions which are not selected will automatically be considered
for posters presentation.
submit an abstract (max 2 A4 pages, size 12pt).
Abstracts will be reviewed by relevance only and acceptance or rejection
will be communicated to authors.
submit a short abstract specifying research interests and issues to be
debated during the workshop.
All abstract must be submitted both in PDF and either in MS Word or LaTex,
according to LNCS formatting instructions for papers (see
Send all contributions by emal within respective deadlines to:
papers2006 at nettab.org.
Accepted oral presentations, posters and position papers will be published
in the conference proceedings.
Authors of a selection of best papers will be asked to submit an extended
version of their paper in view of a joint submission to a special issue of
a peer-reviewed international journal.
For information, contact Paolo Romano (paolo.romano at istge.it) or Giuliano
Armano (armano at diee.unica.it).
G. Armano, DIEE, University of Cagliari (IT)
L. Milanesi, Institute of Biomedical Technologies I.T.B. (IT)
P. Romano, National Cancer Research Institute, Genoa (IT)
F. Beltrame - University of Genoa, IT
M. Bishop, CNR / ITB and University G. Marconi, IT
V. Breton - CNRS, FR
Y. Legre, CNRS & HealthGrid, FR
P. Liò - Cambridge University , UK
G. Maggi - Bari University, IT
A. Martin - UCL, UK
M. Mazzuccato - INFN, IT
E. Merelli - University of Camerino, IT
M. Muselli - IEIIT/CNR, IT
G. Paolella, CEINGE - Naples University, IT
M. Senger - STZ, DE
S. Suhai - DKFZ, DE
G. Tecchiolli - EuroTech, IT
A. Tramontano - University of Rome "LaSapienza", IT
P. Zanella - CRS4, Cagliari, IT
A. Orro - Institute of Biomedical Technologies I.T.B., Milan (IT)
E. Vargiu - DIEE, Univ. of Cagliari, IT
A. Addis - DIEE, Univ. of Cagliari, IT
A. Manconi - DIEE, Univ. of Cagliari, IT
D. Marra - National Cancer Research Institute, Genoa, IT
M. Saba - DIEE, Univ. of Cagliari, IT
Paolo Romano (paolo.romano at istge.it)
Bioinformatics and Structural Proteomics
National Cancer Research Institute (IST)
Largo Rosanna Benzi, 10, I-16132, Genova, Italy
Tel: +39-010-5737-288 Fax: +39-010-5737-295