[hpc-announce] CFP: Workshop on Clusters, Clouds and Grids for Life Sciences (Extended deadline to March 4th)

FRANCISCO JAVIER GARCIA BLAS fjblas at inf.uc3m.es
Tue Feb 20 09:49:18 CST 2018

Workshop on Clusters, Clouds and Grids for Life Sciences

In conjunction with CCGrid 2018 - 18th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on
Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing, May 1-4, 2018, Washington DC, US

More info at: lsgc.org/ccgrid-life/


In the last 20 years, computational methods have become an important part
of developing emerging technologies for the field of bioinformatics and
biomedicine. Research areas such as biomodelling, molecular dynamics,
genomics, neuroscience, cancer models, evolutionary biology, medical
biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, cell biology,
nanobiotechnology, biological engineering, pharmacology, genetics therapy,
or automatic diagnosis, rely heavily on large scale computational resources
as they need to manage Tbytes or Pbytes of data with large-scale structural
and functional relationships, TFlops or PFlops of computing power for
simulating highly complex models, or many-task processes and workflows for
processing and analyzing data.

This new situation demands appropriate IT-infrastructures, where
bioinformatic and medical data can be processed within an acceptable
timespan - reaching from minutes in health-care applications to days in
large-scale research projects. Large-scale distributed IT-systems such as
Grids, Clouds and Big-Data-Environments are promising to address research,
clinical and medical research community requirements. They allow for
significant reduction of computational time for running large experiments,
for speeding-up the development time for new algorithms, for increasing the
availability of new methods for the research community, and for supporting
large-scale multi-centric collaborations. However, specific challenges in
the employment of such systems for bioinformatic applications such as
security, reliability and user-friendliness, often impede straightforward
adoption of existing solutions from other application domains.

This workshop aims at bringing together developers of bioinformatic and
medical applications and researchers in the field of distributed IT
systems. On the one hand, it addresses researchers who are already
employing distributed infrastructure techniques in bioinformatic
applications, in particular scientists developing data- and
compute-intensive bioinformatic and medical applications that include
multi-data studies, large-scale parameter scans or complex analysis
pipelines. On the other hand, it addresses computer scientists working in
the field of distributed systems interested in bringing new developments
into bioinformatic and medical applications.

The goals are to exchange and discuss existing solutions and latest
developments in both fields, and to gather an overview of challenges
(technologies, achievements, gaps, roadblocks). The workshop further
intends to identify common requirements to lead future developments in
collaboration between Life Sciences and Computing Sciences, and to
collaboratively explore new ideas and approaches to successfully apply
distributed IT-systems in translational research, clinical intervention,
and decision-making.

*Topics of Interest*

Contributions are expected but not restricted to the following topics:

• Detailed application use-cases highlighting achievements and roadblocks

• Exploitation of distributed IT resources for Life Sciences, HealthCare
and research applications, for example medical imaging, disease modeling,
bioinformatics, Public health informatics, drug discovery, clinical trials

• Service and/or algorithm design and implementation applicable to medical
and bioinformatic applications

• Improved energy consumption of bioinformatic applications using clouds

• Modeling and simulation of complex biological processes

• Genomics and Molecular Structure evolution

• Molecular Dynamics

• Clouds for big data manipulation in bioinformatics and medicine

• Ontologies and biomedical text mining

• Biological data mining and visualization

• Error handling and fault tolerance

• Distributed and heterogeneous bioinformatic and medical data management

• Big Medical and Bioinformatic Data applications and solutions

• Data privacy, security and access control

• Development environments for distributed bioinformatic applications

• Programming paradigms and tools for bioinformatic applications

• Scientific gateways and user environments targeting distributed medical
and bioinformatic applications

• Dedicated distributed infrastructures and HPC systems

• Interoperability for exchanging data, algorithms and analysis pipelines

• Success stories and show stoppers

*Key Dates*

Papers Due March 4th, 2018

Author Notifications March 10th, 2018

Camera Ready Papers Due Mar 15th, 2018

Conference May 1st-4th, 2018

*Workshop Chairs*

• Javier Garcia Blas, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain

• Sandra Gesing, U. Notre Dame, IN, USA

*Steering Committee*

• Dagmar Krefting, University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany

• Silvia D. Olabarriaga, AMC / University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

• Tristan Glatard, CNRS, France

• Aaron Golden, A. Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA

*Programme Committee*


*Submission Guidelines*

Authors are asked to prepare their manuscripts according to the IEEE format
for conference proceedings. Submitted manuscripts should be structured as
technical papers and may not exceed 10 letter-size (8.5 x 11) pages
including figures, tables and references. The initial submission needs to
be in pdf format. Submitted papers must represent original unpublished
research that is not currently under review for any other conference or
journal. Manuscripts must be submitted to the submission online
system EasyChair no later than the indicated submission deadline. Please
register for an account as author if you do not already have one. If you
cannot access the submission website or have difficulties completing your
submission, please contact the workshop chairs for assistance.

All papers will be reviewed by at least 3 independent reviewers from the
international program committee. Papers will be selected based on their
originality, their interest for the research community, the quality of the
use-case description, the description of the technical solution, the impact
of the application and/or technical description and the status of the work.


All papers presented at the main conference and workshops of IEEE/ACM
CCGrid 2018
will be submitted to IEEE Xplore for publication and EI indexing.

Dr. Javier García Blas
Computer Architecture, Communications and Systems Area.
Avda. de la Universidad, 30
28911 Leganés (Madrid), SPAIN
e-mail: fjblas at inf.uc3m.es
Phone:(+34) 916249143
FAX: (+34) 916249129
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