2017 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM)

Towards Precision Medicine: Network Based Data Integration and Analysis.

Organizers: Pietro Hiram Guzzi, University of Catanzaro, Swarup Roy North-Eastern Hill University, INDIA

Workshop Format: Peer-reviewed proceedings, peer-reviewed proceedings, position papers and invited talks.

Revision Process; At least two reviewers for papers, one round of revision, papers accepted after changes.

Time Line:

Oct 15, 2017: Due date for full workshop papers submission

Oct 20, 2017: Notification of paper acceptance to authors

Oct 25, 2017: Camera-ready of accepted papers and registration.

Nov 13-16, 2017: Workshops

Publication: Alongside Conference Proceedings. Special Issues on Important Journals are also planned.

Workshop Rationale:

Precision Medicine is currently a hot research field and of high interest for bioinformatic community. The field attracts the interest of both computer scientists and biologists and medical doctors interested in the applications in 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 the modelling of brains.

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, the comprehensive analysis is made possible only by the integration and the analysis 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.

This workshop solicits submissions discussing general concepts related to data integrations, as well as novel approaches of analysis Future improvements and challenges are also discussed. Position papers are also invited. Peer reviewed papers will be included in conference proceedings, while position papers are only exchanged on informal proceedings.

Paper Submission:

Please submit a full-length paper (upto 8 page IEEE 2-column format) through the online submission system (you can download the format instruction 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:

Organizers: Pietro Hiram Guzzi, Swarup Roy

Program Committee (TBD).

1. Ludovico Abenavoli, University Magna Graecia, Italy

2. Ahed Elmsallati, McKendree University, Illinois, USA

3. Michael Bankston, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA

4. Sudip Paul, North Eastern Hill University, India

5. Hasin Afzal Ahmed, Tezpur University, India

6. Goutam Saha, North Eastern Hill University, INDIA

7. Abhinandan Khan, University of Calcutta, India

8 Fiona Browne, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland