10th International Workshop on

Parallel and Cloud-based Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (ParBio)

held in conjunction with ACM BCB 2021

The 12th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics

will be held on-line (due to COVID-19)

August 1-4, 2021

Call for Papers


Due to the availability of high-throughput platforms (e.g. next generation sequencing, microarray and mass spectrometry) and clinical diagnostic tools (e.g. medical imaging), a recent trend in Bioinformatics and Biomedicine is the increasing production of experimental and clinical data. Considering the complex analysis pipeline of the biomedical research, the bottleneck is more and more moving toward the storage, integration, and analysis of experimental data, as well as their correlation and integration with publicly available datasets. While Parallel Computing and Grid Computing may offer the computational power and storage capacity to face this overwhelming availability of data, Cloud Computing is a key technology to hide the complexity of computing infrastructures, to reduce the cost of the data analysis task, and especially to change the overall model of biomedical research and health provision.

Grid infrastructures may offer the data storage needed to store the huge experimental and biomedical data, while parallel computing can be used for basic pre-processing (e.g. parallel BLAST, mpiBLAST) and for more advanced analysis (e.g. parallel data mining). In such a scenario, novel parallel architectures (e.g. CELL processors, GPUs, FPGA, hybrid CPU/FPGA) coupled with emerging programming models may overcome the limits posed by conventional computers to the mining and exploration of large amounts of data. On the other hand, these technologies require great investments by biomedical and clinical institutions, and are based on a traditional model where users often need to be aware and face different management problems, such as hardware and software management, data storage, software ownership, and non-scalable costs (different professional-level applications in the biomedical domain have high starting costs that prevent many small laboratories to use them).

The Cloud Computing technology, that is able to offer scalable costs and increased reachability, availability and easiness of application use, and also the possibility to enable collaboration among scientists, is already changing the business model in different domains and now it starts to be used also in the bioinformatics (see for instance the recent JCVI Cloud Bio-Linux initiative) and biomedical domains. However, many problems remain to be solved, such as availability and safety of the data, privacy-related issues, availability of software platforms for rapid deployment, execution and billing of biomedical applications. The goal of ParBio2021 is to bring together scientists in the fields of high performance and cloud computing, computational biology and medicine, to discuss, the organization of large scale biological and biomedical databases, the parallel/service-based implementation of bioinformatics and biomedical applications, and problems and opportunities of moving biomedical and health applications on the cloud.

The workshop will focus on research issues, problems, and opportunities of moving biomedical and health applications to the cloud, as well as on the opportunity to define guidelines and minimum requirements for a Biomedical Cloud. Moreover, the workshop will discuss parallel and distributed management and analysis of molecular and clinical data, that more and more need to be integrated and analyzed in a joint way.


The main themes and research topics of interest will regard the applications of parallel and high performance computing to biology and medicine, as well as Cloud Computing opportunities and problems for bioinformatics and biomedical applications, including:

  • Large scale biological and biomedical databases

  • Data integration and ontologies in biology and medicine

  • Integration and analysis of molecular and clinical data

  • Parallel bioinformatics algorithms

  • Parallel visualization and exploration of omics and clinical data

  • Parallel visualization and analysis of biomedical images

  • Computing environments for large scale collaboration

  • Scientific workflows in bioinformatics and biomedicine

  • Emerging architectures and programming models for bioinformatics and biomedicine

  • Parallel processing of bio-signals

  • Modeling and simulation of complex biological processes

  • Cloud Computing for bioinformatics and biomedicine

  • Cloud Computing for health systems

  • Privacy issues for Cloud-based biomedical applications

  • (Web) Services for bioinformatics and biomedicine

  • Grid Computing for bioinformatics and biomedicine

  • Peer-To-Peer Computing for bioinformatics and biomedicine


The workshop is to be held virtually (online) and will take place on August 01, 2021 Starting time at 9.00 (CDT - Central Daylight Time).

Workshop Program


ParBio 2021 welcomes original submissions that have not been published and that are not under review by another conference or journal. Papers should not exceed 10 pages in ACM template on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (see ACM templates -https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template ). All submissions will be evaluated on their originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and interest to the conference attendees.

Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the work associated with the paper submitted. ParBio’s technical program committee will review all submitted papers. All accepted papers of registered authors will be included in the workshop proceedings published by ACM digital libraries. Authors of selected papers may be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in several journals. Authors of accepted papers will be required to submit an online ACM Copyright Form. Authors will be contacted by ACM requesting this information. (Note that ACM copyright permissions are directly compatible with NIH and similar open access policies, see http://authors.acm.org/main.html for more information).

Authors should submit papers using the ParBio2021 Easy Chair Installation: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=parbio2021

Journal Special Issue

We plan to invite selected papers accepted to ParBio-2021 to be submitted for a journal special issue (more details will be posted soon).


Paper submission: June 08, 2021 (firm deadline)

Notifications sent to authors: June 10, 2021

Camera-ready papers due: June 15, 2021

Workshop: August 01, 2021


Giuseppe Agapito, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy

Mario Cannataro, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy

Wes Lloyd, School of Engineering and Technology, University of Washington - Tacoma, Washington


  • Pratul K. Agarwal, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

  • Marian Bubak, AGH Krakow, PL, and University of Amsterdam, NL

  • Umit Catalyurek, The Ohio State University, USA

  • Jake Y. Chen, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA

  • Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School, USA

  • Giuseppe Di Fatta, University of Reading, UK

  • Werner Dubitzky, University of Ulster, UK

  • Ling Hong Hung, University of Washington – Tacoma, USA

  • Ananth Y. Grama, Purdue University, USA

  • Concettina Guerra, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

  • Kamer Kaya, The Ohio State University, USA

  • Salvatore Orlando, University of Venezia, Italy

  • Maria S. Perez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

  • Shruti Ramesh, Micrsosoft, Redmond, WA USA

  • Richard Sinnott, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  • Roberto Tagliaferri, University of Salerno, Italy

  • Paolo Trunfio, University of Calabria, Italy

  • Albert Zomaya, University of Sydney, Australia