[PlanetKR] ODLS 2017: 3rd Call for Papers, by Jul 17 (!) (Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences, Sep 22-23, Bolzano, Italy; part of JOWO 2017)

Frank Loebe frank.loebe at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Wed Jul 12 11:19:52 EST 2017

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                3rd Call for Papers    >> ODLS 2017 <<

                 Submission deadline:   July 17, 2017


  Updates of 3rd to 2nd CfP
  + third JOWO Joint Keynote Speaker (A.Chella)
  + 1 additional PC member  

  Updates of 2nd to 1st CfP
  + early registration deadline (Sep 08), + full JOWO dates (Sep 21-23)
  + selected contributions -> Journal of Biomedical Semantics
  + first  2 JOWO Joint Keynote Speakers (G.Guizzardi, T.Oakley)
  + first 26 confirmed PC members
  + link to registration information


     Workshop on Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences (ODLS 2017)

       held as part of the Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO 2017)

              September 22-23, 2017       Bolzano, Italy

Scope and Goals of the Workshop

Medicine, biology and life sciences produce hardly manageable and
often incomprehensible amounts of data, information, and knowledge.
Their computer-based retrieval, processing, integration, as well as
their conceptual foundation, application, and reuse present ever new
challenges to existing methods of knowledge representation, data
bases, and data analysis and retrieval. In the life sciences, enormous
data sets are being produced in connection with biological and medical
experiments, e.g. by high-throughput methods, 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 range from the best possible
integration and usage of distributed, heterogeneous data to the best
possible obfuscation of medical data.

This 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, philosophers, and 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 their knowledge and experience at ODLS.

This year ODLS is part of the Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO) [2],
which yields a stimulating environment of further thematically close
workshops, including joint sessions such as shared keynote talks,
thereby raising interdisciplinary exchange to a new level.


The following topics are all of equal relevance to the workshop, while
the list is not exhaustive. Submissions regarding other related or
similar 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:   July 17, 2017         (Mon)
Author notification:           September 01, 2017    (Fri)
Registration (early):          September 08, 2017    (Fri)
Camera-ready versions due:     September 15, 2017    (Fri)
ODLS Workshop:                 September 22-23, 2017 (Fri-Sat)
JOWO Workshops:                September 21-23, 2017 (Thu-Sat)

Please NOTE: The deadlines include no room for extensions. Especially,
the full amount of time available for preparing abstracts and papers is
specified 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 (i) extended abstracts of 2-5 pages
OR (ii) papers of 6-12 pages. Any such length is equally welcome,
including all references and a required abstract of at most 300 words.

Papers are expected to present previously unpublished work, whereas
extended abstracts may also cover recent work that has been accepted
or presented elsewhere.

Authors submit their contributions via EasyChair to JOWO 2017 [3],
selecting "Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences" as the relevant track.

[3] https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2017

Contributions must be delivered in English, non-anonymously and as a
single PDF file. The formatting for all workshops of JOWO 2017 shall
comply with the IOS Press formatting guidelines for book authors.
Templates [4] are available for LaTeX as well as Microsoft Word.

Accepted papers and extended abstracts will be made freely available
in a joint JOWO volume of CEUR Workshop Proceedings [5]. After the
workshop, authors of selected original submissions will be invited to
submit revised and extended versions to the Journal of Biomedical
Semantics [6].

JOWO Joint Keynote Speakers

* Antonio Chella, University of Palermo, Italy

  (title TBA - see [1] for updates)

* Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  "'It's Patterns all the way down': Patterns, Anti-Patterns and
   Pattern-Languages for Next-Generation Ontology Engineering"

* Todd Oakley, Best Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

  "What We Think About When We Talk About Money: Social Ontology and
   the Amalgamated Mind"

Scientific Organization

ODLS 2017 is associated with the workgroup Ontologies in Medicine and
Life Sciences (OBML) [7] within the German Informatics Society (GI),
and it relates to the International Association for Ontology and its
Applications (IAOA) [8] by being part of JOWO 2017 [2].

Scientific Organizers:

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

Program Committee

* Adrien Barton,    Sherbrooke University, Canada
* Martin Boeker,    University of Freiburg, Germany
* Stefano Borgo,    Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies,
                    National Research Council (ISTC-CNR), Trento, Italy
* Jesualdo Tomas Fernandez-Breis, University of Murcia, Spain
* Fred Freitas,  Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, Brazil
* George Gkoutos,   University of Birmingham, UK
* Anika Gross,      University of Leipzig, Germany
* Heinrich Herre,   University of Leipzig, Germany
* Amanda Hicks,     University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
* Robert Hoehndorf, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
                    (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
* Ludger Jansen,    University of Rostock, Germany
* Maria Keet,       University of Cape Town, South Africa 
* Toralf Kirsten,   University of Leipzig, Germany
* Frank Loebe,      University of Leipzig, Germany
* Phillipp Lord,    Newcastle University, UK
* Wolfgang Mueller, HITS gGmbH, Heidelberg, Germany
* Fabian Neuhaus,   Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
* Mariana Neves,    Federal Institute for Risk Assessment,
                    Berlin, Germany
* Axel Ngonga-Ngomo, University of Paderborn, Germany
* Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann,
                    Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Galway, Ireland
* Daniel Schober,   Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB),
                    Halle (Saale), Germany
* Falk Schreiber,   Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
* Stefan Schulz,    Medical University Graz, Austria 
* Aleksandra Sojic, Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation,
                    National Research Council (ITIA-CNR), Milano, Italy
* Holger Stenzhorn, Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg, Germany
* George Tsatsaronis, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Dagmar Waltemath, University of Rostock, Germany

Location and Registration

The workshop is part of JOWO 2017 [2], which is hosted by the

  Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy [9].

Local Chair:
* Oliver Kutz, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Full registration information is already available [10].

[1] ODLS 2017 Workshop website


[2] JOWO 2017 website


[3] JOWO 2017 conference in EasyChair


[4] IOS Press templates for book authors


[5] CEUR Workshop Proceedings


[6] Journal of Biomedical Semantics


[7] OBML workgroup website


[8] IAOA website


[9] Local organization website


[10] JOWO registration information


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