7th Workshop on
Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges for Computer Science (BBC 2014)



held in conjunction with

International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2014)

Cairns, Australia

June 10-12, 2014


Full paper submission deadline extended to 31st January 2014



Emerging technologies in genomics, proteomics, interactomics and other life science areas are generating an increasing amount of complex data and information. The evolving data and information ecosystem includes large experimental omics data sets, natural language text from the scientific literature and the Web, and highly connected heterogeneous information networks, such as open linked data distributed on the Internet. Integrating and analysing this information in the context of modern life science research problems and biomedical applications poses a considerable challenge for bioinformatics and computational biology. Traditionally, bioinformatics has concentrated on methods and technologies facilitating the acquisition, storage, organization, archiving, analysis and visualization of biological and medical data. Computational biology, on the other, hand, has emphasized mathematical and computational techniques facilitating the modelling and simulation of biomedical processes and systems. In recent years the distinction between these two fields has become increasingly blurred. In order to tackle the growing complexity associated with emerging and future life science challenges, bioinformatics and computational biology researchers and developers need to explore, develop and apply novel computational concepts, methods, tools and systems. Many of these new approaches are likely to involve advanced and large-scale computing techniques, technologies and infrastructures such as:

·      High-performance architectures and systems (e.g., multicore, GPU);

·      Distributed computing (e.g. grid, cloud, peer-to-peer, Web services, e-infrastructures);

·      Data and information management and integration (e.g., databases, data warehousing, data fusion);

·      Knowledge discovery/management (e.g., knowledge bases, data mining, ontologies, workflow);

·      Computational simulation (mechanistic, stochastic, multi-model);

·      Artificial and computational intelligence (machine learning, agents, evolutionary techniques).


Together, these topics cover the key bioinformatics and computational biology techniques and technologies encountered in modern life science environments: (1) Advanced computing architectures/infrastructures; (2) Data/information management and integration; (3) Data/information analysis and knowledge discovery; (4) Integration of quantitative/symbolic knowledge into executable biomedical “theories” or models. The aim of this workshop is to bring together computer and life scientists to discuss emerging and future directions in these areas.

This is the 7th edition of this workshop, which was previously held in Kraków (2008), Baton Rouge (2009), Amsterdam (2010), Singapore (2011), Omaha (2012) and Barcelona (2013).  The 6th and 7th edition have been modified to incorporate the advanced and large-scale bioinformatics and computational biology challenges associated with executable theories or models.



The workshop is seeking original research contributions presenting innovative bioinformatics and computational biology concepts and solutions in the areas outline above. The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:


Computer Science


Computational Biology

·       Dedicated hardware & architectures

·       High performance & distributed computing

·       Parallelisation techniques

·       Grid/cloud computing

·       Service-orientation

·       Volunteer computing

·       Peer-to-peer computing

·       (Distributed) workflows

·       E-infrastructures

·       Data management/integration/fusion

·       Biological sequence & structure analysis

·       Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, interactomics, etc.

·       Analysis of biological networks

·       Biomedical image analysis

·       Neuroimaging

·       Data visualization

·       Data mining & knowledge discovery

·       Simulation of biological systems/processes

·       Multi-model approaches

·       Systems biology

·       Knowledge-based techniques

·       Knowledge management

·       Artificial / computational intelligence techniques

·       Executable theories and models



The workshop will take place on (To Be Announced).

It is scheduled as half-day/full-day (To Be Announced).

The program is not available yet.



Three options are available for paper submission: full paper (10 pages), poster presentation with a short paper (4-10 pages), and oral presentation without a paper (abstract only).

The manuscripts submitted to this workshop must be camera-ready and formatted according to the rules of Procedia Computer Science (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/719435/description). Please use the templates (Word or Latex) provided on the EasyChair submission page.

http://easychair.org/publications/easychair.docx Word template

http://easychair.org/publications/easychair.zip LaTeX template

You should submit your paper in PDF format. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper. Copyright forms are only needed after the paper has been accepted for publication in the proceedings. Please, note that papers must not exceed ten pages in length, when typeset using the Procedia format.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Easychair submission system choosing the workshop titled:


7th Workshop on Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges for Computer Science (BBC 2014)


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All accepted papers will be printed in the conference proceedings published by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science and indexed by Scopus, ScienceDirect, Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation (former ISI Proceedings) -an integrated index within Web of Science. The papers will contain linked references, XML versions and citable DOI numbers. ICCS is an ERA 2010 A-ranked conference series.


Dates of deadlines for manuscript submission, notification of acceptance, deadline for camera-ready paper submission and registration may be found on this workshop site.


Manuscripts submitted to this workshop must be based on unpublished, mature and original work and must be submitted to ICCS only.




After the workshop, selected papers may be invited for a special issue of the Journal of Computational Science. Selected papers (extended and revised version) accepted on the 1st edition of this workshop have been published on a special section of Future Generation Computer Systems, Elsevier.



Papers submission (Extended): January 31, 2014

Notification of acceptance: February 24, 2014

Camera-ready papers: March 15, 2014

Authors registration:  February 24 - March 15 2014

Participant early registration: February 24 - April 25, 2014

Conference/Workshop sessions: June 10-June 12, 2014




Mario Cannataro, University Magna Grćcia of Catanzaro, Italy

Joakim Sundnes, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Rodrigo Weber dos Santos, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil



1.     Dave Angulo, DePaul University, Chicago, USA

2.     Francisco Azuaje, CRP-Santé, Luxembourg

3.     Daniel Berrar, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

4.     Eun Bo Shim, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Republic of Korea

5.     Rui Brito, University of Coimbra, Portugal

6.     Kevin Burrage, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

7.     Nagasuma Chandra, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

8.     Bastien Chopard, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

9.     Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School, USA

10.   Attila Csikász-Nagy, King’s College London, UK, and Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento, Italy

11.   Giuseppe Di Fatta, University of Reading, UK

12.   Christine Froidevaux, LRI-Bioinformatics Group - University Paris XI, Orsay, France

13.   Alan Garny, University of Oxford, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics

14.   Concettina Guerra, University of Padova, Italy

15.   Pietro Hiram Guzzi, University Magna Grćcia of Catanzaro, Italy

16.   Ulrich Hansmann, Research Centre Juelich, Germany

17.   Karl Helmer, Athinoula A Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

18.   Vicente Hernández, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

19.   Pilar Herrero, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

20.   Alfons Hoekstra, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

21.   Ela Hunt, Bundesamt für Statistik BFS / Office Federal de la Statistique OFS, Switzerland

22.   Glenn Terje Lines, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

23.   Marcelo Lobosco, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil

24.   Uko Maran, University of Tartu, Estonia

25.   Wagner Meira Jr., Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

26.   Maria Mirto, University of Salento, Italy

27.   Hartmut Mix, University of Technology Dresden, Germany

28.   Igor Mozetič, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

29.   Salvatore Orlando, University of Venezia, Italy

30.   María S. Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

31.   Gernot Plank, University of Graz, Austria

32.   Omer F. Rana, Cardiff University, UK

33.   Osbaldo Resendis-Antonio, Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genomica, (INMEGEN), México

34.   Blanca Rodriguez, University of Oxford, UK

35.   Insik Shin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

36.   Luis Paulo da Silva Barra, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil

37.   Fabrizio Silvestri, ISTI-CNR, Italy

38.   Raymond Spiteri, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

39.   Martin Swain, Aberystwyth Universith, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

40.   Roberto Tagliaferri, University of Salerno, Italy

41.   El-Ghazali Talbi, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France

42.   Paolo Trunfio, University of Calabria, Italy

43.   Pierangelo Veltri, University Magna Grćcia of Catanzaro, Italy

44.   Edward J. Vigmond, University of Calgary, Canada

45.   Jordi Villŕ i Freixa, Universitat de Vic, Vic, Spain

46.   Giovanni Vozzi, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

47.   Chong Wang, Technical University of Wildau, Wildau, Germany

48.   Huiru Zheng, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, United Kingdom

49.   Albert Zomaya, University of Sydney, Australia

50.   Blaž Zupan, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia