Towards Precision Medicine: Network Based Big Data Integration and Analysis (BigDataNetAnalysis)


Dec 3-6, 2018, Madrid, Spain

Proceedings published in: IEEE digital library indexed by Google Scholar and Scopus.

Workshop Rationale

Workshop Rationale

Precision Medicine is currently a hot research field and is of high interest for the bioinformatics community. The field attracts the interests of computer scientists, biologists and medical doctors interested in the applications to biology, precision medicine and pharmacology.

The rationale underlying the research is that many biological processes in different fields, from molecular biology to neurological sciences, may be elucidated only considering mutual interactions among different players. For instance, the regulation of messenger RNA (mRNA) levels is due to the synergistic and antagonist actions of transcription factors (TFs) and microRNAs (miRNAs).

Similarly, network based approaches have been recently applied to modelling the human brain. A common aspect of these different scenarios is that available technological platforms enable the investigation of only a single aspect of these mechanisms, e.g., the quantification of levels of mRNA or miRNA or the investigation of the activity of single brain regions.

Consequently, comprehensive and holistic analysis is made possible only by the integration of these data sources. Currently, the interest of researchers in this area is growing, the number of projects is increasing, and the number of challenges and issues for computer scientists is considerable. Many approaches are based on the use of results coming from graph theory, thus, the need for a workshop bringing together computer scientists and biologists/doctors arises.

Recent approaches integrated big data in heterogeneous networks. This workshop solicits submissions discussing general concepts related to improvements and challenges in this field. In addition, surveys or positions on data integrations, as well as novel approaches of analysis, are welcome. Future papers are also invited. Peer reviewed papers will be included in conference proceedings which are included in the IEEE digital library indexed by Google Scholar and Scopus. Papers are also exchanged via informal proceedings. A special issue in a journal is also planned. Last workshop special issue was published in Springer Interdisciplinary Sciences, a scopus indexed journal, we are waiting for a confirmation.

Workshop Organizers

Pietro Hiram Guzzi, University of Catanzaro

Laura Antonelli, ICAR-CNR

Swarup Roy, Sikkim University

Program Committee

Giuseppe Di Fatta, University of Reading, UK

Mario Rosario Guarracino, ICAR - CNR, IT

Monica Jha, North Eastern Hill University, IND

Pietro Liò, University of Cambridge, UK

Lucia Maddalena, ICAR - CNR, IT

Ananda Mohan Mondal, Florida International University, USA

Saba Nafees, Texas Tech University, USA

Theodore Trafalis, University of Oklahoma, USA

Carsten Trinitis, Technical University of Munich, DE

Pierangelo Veltri, Università della Magna Grecia, IT

Important Dates

Electronic submission of full papers: Oct 3, 2018

Notification of paper acceptance: Oct 16, 2018

Camera-ready of accepted papers: Nov 3, 2018

Poster submission: Nov 5, 2018

Conference: December 3-6, 2018

Workshop Submission Page

Paper Submission:

Please submit a full-length paper (up to 8 page IEEE 2-column format) through the online submission system (you can download the format instructions here,

Electronic submissions (in PDF or Postscript format) are required. Selected participants will be asked to submit their revised papers in a format to be specified at the time of acceptance.

Online Submission Web Site: