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[Computational-biology] CFP: SWAT4LS 2009 Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences

Paolo Romano via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by paolo.romano from istge.it)
Thu Aug 6 02:32:54 EST 2009

Apologies for possible multiple posts

First CFP: SWAT4LS Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences 2009

***Location and date
Amsterdam, Science Park, November 20th 2009


The adoption of semantic-enabled applications and 
collaborative social environments is ever more 
common in the Life Sciences. The Semantic Web 
provides a set of technologies and standards that 
are key to support semantic markup, ontology 
development, distributed information resources 
and collaborative social environemnts. Altogether 
the adoption of the Semantic Web in the Life 
Sciences has potential impact on the future of 
publishing, biological research and medecine. 
This workshop will provide a venue to present and 
discuss benefits and limits of the adoption of 
these technologies and tools in biomedical 
informatics and computational biology. It will 
showcase experiences, information resources, 
tools development and applications. It will bring 
together researchers, both developers and users, 
from the various fields of Biology, 
Bioinformatics and Computer Science, to discuss 
goals, current limits and some real use cases for 
Semantic Web technologies in Life Sciences.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Standards, Technologies, Tools for the Semantic Web
      o Semantic Web standards and new proposals (RDF, OWL, SKOS,... )
      o Biomedical Ontologies and related tools
      o Formal approaches to large biomedical knowledge bases
* Systems for a Semantic Web for Bioinformatics
      o RDF stores, Reasoners, query and 
visualization systems for life sciences
      o Semantic biomedical Web Services
      o Semantics aware Biological Data Integration Systems
* Existing and prospective applications of the Semantic Web for Bioinformatics
      o Semantics aware application tools
      o Semantic collaborative research environments
      o Case studies, use cases, and scenarios

***Scientific Committee (committed so far)

* Christopher J. O. Baker, Department of Computer 
Science and Applied Statistics, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada
* Pedro Barahona, Department of Informatics, New 
University of Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
* Liliana Barrio-Alvers, Transinsight GmbH, Dresden, Germany
* Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of 
Medicine, Bethesda, United States of America
* Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, School of Computer 
Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
* Werner Ceusters, NY CoE in Bioinformatics and 
Life Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, United States of America
* Kei Cheung, Center for Medical Informatics, 
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, United States of America
* Tim Clark, Center for Innovative Computing, 
Harvard University, United States of America
* Marie-Dominique Devignes, LORIA, Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France
* Olivier Dameron, INSERM U936, University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France
* Michel Dumontier, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
* Huajun Chen, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
* Duncan Hull, School of Chemistry, University of 
Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
* C. Maria Keet, Faculty of Computer Science, 
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
* Graham Kemp, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
* Jacob Tilman Koehler, Department of Molecular 
Biotechnology, Institute of Medical Biology, 
University of Tromsö, Tromsö, Norway
* Michael Krauthammer, Department of Pathology, 
Yale University School of Medicine, United States of America
* Martin Kuiper, Department of Pathology, Systems 
Biology group, Department of Biology, Norwegian 
University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
* Patrick Lambrix, Department of Computer and 
Information Science, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
* Phillip Lord, School of Computing Science, 
Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
* M. Scott Marshall, Leiden University Medical 
Center / University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Chris Mungall, Lawrence Berkeley National 
Laboratories, United States of America
* Stephan Philippi, Institute for Software 
Technology, University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany
* Marco Roos, Instituut voor Informatica, 
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Alan Ruttenberg, Science Commons, Cambridge, United States of America
* Matthias Samwald, DERI, Galway, Ireland, and 
Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and 
Cognition Research, Altenberg, Austria
* Nigam Shah, Center for Biomedical Informatics 
Research, Stanford, United States of America
* Michael Schröder, Biotechnology Centre, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany
* Robert Stevens, School of Computer Science, 
University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
* Tetsuro Toyoda, Genomic Sciences Center, RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan
* Mark D. Wilkinson, iCAPTURE Center, St. Paul Hospital, Vancouver, Canada

and the organizers

***Type of contributions

The following possible contributions are sought:

* Oral communications (regular papers)
* Posters
* Software demos

All accepted oral communications and posters will be published with


* Submission openinig: 1 September 2009
* Submission of oral communications: 28 September 2009
* Submission for posters and demos: 15 October 2009
* Communication of acceptance: 23 October 2009
* Camera ready: 6 November 2009


All papers and posters must be in English and 
must be submitted through the EasyChair review 
system at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=swat4ls-09 .
Please upload all submissions as PDF files in 
LNCS format (see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).
To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be 
carefully peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Committee.

* Submissions for Oral communications should be between 10 and 15 pages.
* Posters submissions should be between 4 and 8 pages.
* Software demo proposals should also be between 4 and 8 pages.


All accepted oral communications and posters will 
be published with the CEUR-WS.org Workshop 
Proceedings service (see http://ceur-ws.org/).
We are in the process of negotiating the 
possibility to have a special issue of a major 
bioinformatics journal related to the 2009 
edition of swat4ls. To this end, a special Call 
will be launched shortly after the workshop, for 
extended and revised versions of contributions 
submitted to the workshop and accepted either as oral communication or poster.


* M. Scott Marshall, Leiden University Medical 
Center / University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Albert Burger, School of Mathematical and 
Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, and 
Human Genetics Unit, Medical Research Council, 
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
* Adrian Paschke, Corporate Semantic Web, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
* Paolo Romano, Bioinformatics, National Cancer 
Research Institute, Genova, Italy
* Andrea Splendiani, Biomathematics and 
Bioinformatics dept., Rothamsted Research, UK

For any further information or clarification, 
please visit the website at 
http://www.swat4ls.org/2009 or contact the 
organization by email at info @ swat4ls.org

Paolo Romano (paolo.romano from istge.it)
National Cancer Research Institute (IST)

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