[PlanetKR] ODLS 2016: 1st Call for Papers (Workshop on Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences, Sep 29-30, Halle (Saale), Germany)

Frank Loebe frank.loebe at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Sat Apr 23 05:46:01 EST 2016

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                 1st Call for Papers    >> ODLS 2016 <<

                  Submission deadline:   June 22, 2016



      Workshop on Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences (ODLS 2016)

               Sep 29-30, 2016      Halle (Saale), Germany

Scope and Goals of the Workshop

Medicine, biology and life sciences produce hardly manageable and
comprehensible amounts of data, information, and knowledge. Their
computer-based retrieval, processing, integration, as well as their
conceptual foundation, interpretation and application presents ever new
challenges to existing methods of knowledge representation, data bases,
and data analysis. In the life sciences, enormous data sets are being
produced in connection with biological and medical experiments, aiming
to unravel biological interconnections for a better understanding in
order to offer patients the best possible therapies. Data management
and data processing in the life sciences ranges from the best possible
integration and usage of distributed, heterogeneous data to the best
possible obfuscation of medical data.

This integrated workshop covers the overall spectrum of biomedical
information management, from experimental data acquisition and
preprocessing, across analysis, structuring and interpretation of data,
up to developing structured representations of knowledge, in particular
in the form of ontologies, with their various applications. The aims of
this workshop are to exchange ideas, to discuss new results and
applications as well as to inspire cooperation. The workshop has an
interdisciplinary character. It fosters the collaboration between
ontologists, computer scientists, bio-informaticians, medical
information scientists, applied logicians, as well as the cooperation
with physicians, bio-chemists, and biometricians. Scientists,
professionals as well as students in academia and industry are welcome
to share knowledge and experience at ODLS.


The following topics are of (equal) relevance for the workshop.
Submissions regarding other related topics are likewise welcome.

* Ontologies and ontological analysis in biology, medicine and
   clinical research, e.g.
   * Ontologies for biological or medical phenotypes
   * Ontologies for biochemistry, neuro-biology, ecology
   * Process ontologies in systems biology and medicine
   * Ontologies for the specification of clinical trial data
* Foundational ontologies (with indicated applications in life
   sciences), e.g. of time and space, properties, roles, functions,
   material objects
* Medical terminologies and their applications
* Linking ontologies to terminologies, models and data standards
* Methods and tools for the development, management and application
   of ontologies, e.g.
   * Ontology crossreferencing, mapping, integration and evolution
   * Quality assurance, best practices and evaluation of ontologies
   * Provenance, audit and evidence ontologies in life sciences
   * Ontology learning and refinement, e.g. by text mining
   * Ontology portals and libraries
* Integrative data semantics
* Semantic or ontology-based data annotation, enrichment, analysis
   and interpretation
* Data management methods and systems in biology, medicine and
   health care, e.g. for
   * Heterogeneity and integration of data, including of Linked Data
     and Big Data
   * Management, retrieval and sharing of Big Data and/or complex
     data sets
   * Curation, analysis and visualization of data in life sciences
   * Omics-data for diagnosis and therapy
   * Biomedical metadata and metadata management
   * Generic transformation of clinical data into Semantic Web standards
   * Data protection of clinical data
* Text mining and transformation of unstructured into structured data
* Use of biomedical ontologies in text mining
* Applications of biomedical ontologies in the Semantic Web, for
   Linked Open Data or Big Data
* Life sciences applications enabled by the Semantic Web or
   Linked Open Data

Important Dates

Submission of contributions:   June 22, 2016         (Wed)   <-- strict
Author notification:           August 25, 2016       (Thu)
Camera-ready manuscripts due:  September 15, 2016    (Thu)
Registration:                  September 18, 2016    (Sun)
ODLS Workshop:                 September 29-30, 2016 (Thu-Fri)

Please NOTE: The deadlines include no room for extensions. Especially,
the submission deadlines are specified as intended from the beginning,
rather than declaring earlier dates in this call and granting an
(initially unknown) deadline extension later.

Submission Instructions

Submissions to the workshop can be
* abstracts of 1-2 pages  or
* papers of 4-6 pages
   (any such length is equally welcome;
    6 pages is the strict maximum, including references).

Contributions in English are highly recommended, but submissions in
German can also be accepted. Besides original submissions,
__abstracts__ on work accepted for and possibly already presented at
other events can likewise be accepted.

The preferred file format for submissions is PDF, other admitted
formats are Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX) and Postscript (PS).
Corresponding templates for submissions will be available shortly at
the ODLS website [1].

Contributions must be submitted via the EasyChair conference system at

[2] https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=odls2016

Accepted abstracts and papers will be made available electronically by
the date of the workshop. After the workshop, authors of selected
submissions will be invited to submit revised and extended versions to
a journal. Please see [1] for updates on the specific journal.

Scientific Organization

ODLS 2016 is associated with the group Ontologies in Biomedicine and
Life Sciences (OBML) [3] within the German Informatics Society (GI),
and it is a Supported Event of the International Association for
Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) [4].

Scientific Co-organizers:

* Martin Boeker,  University of Freiburg
* Heinrich Herre, University of Leipzig
* Ludger Jansen,  University of Rostock
* Frank Loebe,    University of Leipzig            <-- main contact [5]
* Daniel Schober, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry,
                   Halle (Saale)

Location and Local Organization

The workshop is hosted by the

   Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB)  [6]
   in Halle (Saale), Germany.

Local Co-organizers:

* Daniel Schober,                            <-- main local contact [7]
                    AG Bioinformatics & Mass Spectrometry, IPB
* Steffen Neumann, AG Bioinformatics & Mass Spectrometry, IPB
* Stefan Brass,    Institute for Computer Science,
                    Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg

Program Committee

  TBA   (see [1] for updates)

Keynote Speaker(s)

  TBA   (at least one invited talk is expected, see [1] for updates)


The organizers acknowledge generous sponsorship by

   OntoChem IT Solutions [8], Halle (Saale), Germany.


[1] Workshop website



[2] EasyChair submission site


[3] OBML website


[4] IAOA website


[5] Main contact: Frank Loebe


[6] Local organization website


[7] Local main contact: Daniel Schober


[8] OntoChem IT Solutions (Sponsor) website



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