Call for submissions

We invite submissions to the ICML Workshop on Computational Biology to be held in Long Beach, CA, USA (June 14, 2019). In Biology, there have been incredible developments in high-throughput technologies such as next-generation sequencing, CyToF and single-cell sequencing that enable large-scale data generation from many interesting biological systems such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, and human development. The scale of these new data make it challenging to analyze with traditional computational biology methods. This presents an opportunity for the machine learning community to make significant contributions to our knowledge about human health, disease, and fundamental questions in biology.

We have invited several distinguished speakers from the Computational Biology community to discuss and present their current research. We also invite extended abstracts, long papers and highlight papers dealing with novel algorithms and computational approaches that are robust, scalable to high-dimensional data, and provide interpretable models of biological systems. These can be applications of ML methods or bioinformatics approaches to biological and biomedical data or novel approaches that enable new analyses.

Papers will be presented in poster format and some will be selected for oral presentation. Through invited talks and presentations by the participants, this workshop will bring together current advances in Computational Biology and set the stage for continuing interdisciplinary research discussions.

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions : Extended to May 5, 2019

Notification of acceptance : May 19, 2019

Camera-ready submission: June 3, 2019

Workshop date : June 14th or 15th 2019


All novel Computational Biology approaches are of interest to the workshop. We welcome original abstracts on recently published work as well as preliminary ideas in three different formats:

  • Extended abstracts not exceeding 4 pages in length (plus 1 optional page for references).
  • Long papers up to 10 pages in length (plus 1 optional page for references). A set of these long papers will be further invited to publish an extended version in a special edition of Journal of Computational Biology (JCB). For this, there will be a second round of peer reviews.
  • Highlight papers not exceeding 2 pages with an abstract and link to recently published paper/code. This avenue can be used to project already published articles.

All submissions must use the ICML template and this sty file to correct the footnote. The submission need not be anonymized. If the submission concerns previously published work, please cite the original paper in the workshop submission.

In your camera-ready submission, please comment \usepackage{icml2019} in the main .tex file and uncomment \usepackage[accepted]{icml2019}.

Submissions should be made through the EasyChair system.

Accepted submissions will have the option of being published on the workshop website. For authors who do not wish their papers to be posted online or become citable, please mention this in the workshop submission.

Instructions for revised submission

Please use the ICML template with this .sty file to show the workshop footnote in your camera-ready submission. Please comment \usepackage{icml2019} in the main .tex file and uncomment \usepackage[accepted]{icml2019}.

Revised submissions should be made through the EasyChair system by June 3rd.


All accepted contributions shall be presented at the poster session. There will be Awards for Best Poster Presentations. In addition, a set of best submissions will also have the opportunity to present their work as Contributed Talks, and will receive Student Travel Awards.


All participants must register for the Workshop through the ICML 2019 conference.


For workshop-related queries please contact: