5th International Workshop on
High Performance Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (HiBB)

held in conjunction with Euro-Par 2014
Porto, Portugal
August 25-29, 2014


HiBB-2014 Program available here


High-throughput technologies (e.g. microarray and mass spectrometry) and clinical diagnostic tools (e.g. medical imaging) are producing an increasing amount of experimental and clinical data. In such a scenario, large-scale databases and bioinformatics tools are key tools for organizing and exploring biological and biomedical data with the aim to discover new knowledge in biology and medicine.

High-performance computing may play an important role in many phases of life sciences research, from raw data management and processing, to data analysis and integration, till data exploration and visualization. In particular, at the raw data layer, Grid infrastructures may offer the huge data storage needed to store experimental and biomedical data, while parallel computing can be used for basic pre-processing (e.g. parallel BLAST) and for more advanced analysis (e.g. parallel data mining). In such a scenario, novel parallel architectures (e.g. 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.

At an higher layer, emerging biomedical applications need to use in a coordinated way both bioinformatics tools, biological data banks and patient�s clinical data, that require seamless integration, privacy preservation and controlled sharing. Service Oriented Architectures and semantic technologies, such as ontologies, may allow the building and deployment of the so-called collaboratories where remote scientists may conduct experimental research in a collaborative way.

The goal of HiBB is to bring together scientists in the fields of high performance computing, computational biology and medicine to discuss, among the others, the organization of large-scale biological and biomedical databases and the parallel implementation of bioinformatics algorithms and biomedical applications. Furthermore, the use of novel parallel architectures and dedicated hardware to implement bioinformatics and biomedical algorithms will be discussed.




The workshop is seeking original research papers presenting applications of parallel and high performance computing to biology and medicine. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


- Large scale biological and biomedical databases

- Data integration and ontologies in biology and medicine

- Parallel bioinformatics algorithms

- Parallel visualization and exploration of biomedical data

- Parallel visualization and analysis of biomedical images

- Computing environments for large scale collaboration

- Scientific workflows in bioinformatics and biomedicine

- (Web) Services for bioinformatics and biomedicine

- Grid Computing for bioinformatics and biomedicine

- Peer-To-Peer Computing for bioinformatics and biomedicine

- Emerging architectures and programming models (e.g. Cell, GPUs) for bioinformatics and biomedicine

- Parallel processing of bio-signals

- Modeling and simulation of complex biological processes




The workshop will take place on August 25 or 26, 2014 (To Be Announced).

The program is not available yet.




We invite original previously unpublished contributions. Submission implies that at least one author will register for the workshops at Euro-Par 2014 and present the paper in the workshop session, if accepted.

Full papers should not exceed 12 pages in the Springer LNCS style (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Download LNCS Latex style here (ftp://ftp.springer.de/pub/tex/latex/llncs/latex2e/llncs2e.zip).

Springer's author guidelines are available here.


Paper submission has to be performed by using the HiBB-2014 EasyChair submission server (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=europar2014ws)

In case of problems, authors may send their manuscript in PDF to the workshop chair: cannataro AT unicz DOT it.

Papers accepted for publication must also be supplied in source form (Latex or Word).

All accepted and presented papers will be included in the Workshops proceedings that will be published in a separate Springer LNCS Euro-Par 2014 Workshop volume after the conference. �The Camera Ready deadline is October 3, 2014

Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign up a Springer copyright form.




At the end of the workshop, we plan to invite the best 4-6 papers of the workshop for a special section on an international journal.




Workshop papers due: June 9, 2014

Workshop author notification: July 4, 2014

Workshop early registration: July 25, 2014

Workshop camera-ready papers due: October 3, 2014

Workshop session: August 25 or 26, 2014 (DAY TO BE ANNOUNCED




Mario Cannataro, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy



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

2. Ignacio Blanquer; Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

3. Daniela Calvetti, Case Western Reserve University, USA

4. Werner Dubitzky, University of Ulster, UK

5. Ananth Y. Grama, Purdue University, USA

6. Concettina Guerra, University of Padova, Italy

7. Vicente Hernandez, Univ. Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

8. Salvatore Orlando, University of Venezia, Italy

9. Horacio Perez-Sanchez, University of Murcia, Spain

10. Omer F. Rana, Cardiff University, UK

11. Richard Sinnott, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

12. Fabrizio Silvestri, Yahoo Labs, Barcelona, Spain

13. Erkki Somersalo, Case Western Reserve University, USA

14. Paolo Trunfio, University of Calabria, Italy

15. Albert Zomaya, University of Sydney, Australia