ICCS 2012
"Empowering Science through Computing"

College of Information Science and Technology,
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

June 4 - June 6, 2012



5th Workshop on
Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges to Computer Science


5th Workshop on
DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 6, 2012



Bioinformatics is providing the foundation for fast and reliable data analysis. Genomics, interactomics, proteomics, epidemiological, clinical and text mining applications have made essential progress through using bioinformatics tools. Standard tools are usually offered through the Web. This is no longer sufficient with more complex analysis and simulation tasks from emerging research fields like systems biology, image analysis, biomedical applications or data management. In recent years Grid and Web services based approaches have been developed to face the new challenges.

Moreover, emerging life sciences applications need to use in a coordinated way both bioinformatics tools, biological data banks, and patient's clinical data, that requires seamless integration, privacy preservation and controlled sharing.

Previous workshops were held in Krakow, Baton Rouge, Amsterdam and Singapore.

This is the 5th edition of the workshop that was previously held, respectively, in Krakow (2008), Baton Rouge (2009), Amsterdam (2010) and Singapore (2011). The Workshop on Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges to Computer Science will bring together scientists from computer and life sciences to discuss future directions of bioinformatics algorithms, applications, and data management. Questions to be looked at are whether wrapping existing algorithms, as Grid or Web service will be sufficient to cope with the more complex applications and the increasing volume of data to be processed or which applications would profit from being redeveloped as native parallel or distributed application. 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 innovative solutions from parallel, distributed and Grid computing applied to bioinformatics algorithms, medical informatics and life sciences applications. Specifically we are interested in the following topics applied to bioinformatics, medicine, biology and life sciences:

-           sequence and structure bioinformatics

-           genomics, proteomics, interactomics

-           systems biology

-           biomedical image analysis

-           neuroimaging

-           biomedical simulation

-           data management

-           data integration

-           data visualization

-           workflow modelling

-           distributed biomedical applications

-           high performance computing

-           dedicated hardware and architectures

-           parallelisation techniques

-           service orientation

-           volunteer computing

-           peer-to-peer computing

-           Grid and Cloud Computing




The submitted paper must be camera-ready and formatted according to the rules of Procedia Computer Science. Please use this file for a Latex template plus instructions and click here for an MS word template file. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper. PostScript and source versions of your paper must be submitted electronically through the paper submission system choosing the Workshop Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges to Computer Science.

The copyright form is 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.

Dates of deadlines for draft paper submission (full paper), notification of acceptance, deadline for camera-ready paper submission and registration may be found in the Important Dates section of the ICCS Web site, except if otherwise specified on this workshop site.

Papers must be based on unpublished, mature and original work and must be submitted to ICCS only.

ICCS is an ERA 2010 A-ranked conference series.




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 the workshop have been published on a special section of Future Generation Computer Systems, Elsevier.




Full papers submission: EXTENDED February 6, 2012

Notification of acceptance: EXTENDED February 20, 2012

Camera ready papers: March 1, 2012

Early registration opens: February 15, 2012

Early registration closes: April 15, 2012

Tutorials, wellcome reception: June 3, 2012

Conference/Workshop sessions: Monday June 4 - Wednesday June 6, 2012




Mario Cannataro, University Magna Graecia 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.     Rui Brito, University of Coimbra, Portugal

3.     Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School, USA

4.     Giuseppe Di Fatta, University of Reading, UK

5.     Werner Dubitzky, University of Ulster, UK

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

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

8.     Concettina Guerra, University of Padova, Italy

9.     Pietro Hiram Guzzi, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy

10.   Ulrich Hansmann, Research Centre Juelich, Germany

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

12.   Pilar Herrero, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

13.   Ela Hunt, SystemsX.ch, ETHZ, Switzerland

14.   Glenn Terje Lines, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

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

16.   Uko Maran, University of Tartu, Estonia

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

18.   Maria Mirto, University of Salento, Italy

19.   Hartmut Mix, University of Technology Dresden, Germany

20.   Salvatore Orlando, University of Venezia, Italy

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

22.   Gernot Plank, University of Graz, Austria

23.   Omer F. Rana, Cardiff University, UK

24.   Blanca Rodriguez, University of Oxford, UK

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

26.   Fabrizio Silvestri, ISTI-CNR, Italy

27.   Raymond Spiteri, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

28.   Roberto Tagliaferri, University of Salerno, Italy

29.   El-Ghazali Talbi, Universita des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France

30.   Paolo Trunfio, University of Calabria, Italy

31.   Pierangelo Veltri, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy

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

33.   Albert Zomaya, University of Sydney, Australia