[hpc-announce] 7th International Workshop on Parallel and Cloud-based Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (ParBio 2018)

Wes J. Lloyd wlloyd at uw.edu
Sun May 20 14:30:19 CDT 2018

7th International Workshop on Parallel and Cloud-based Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (ParBio 2018)

Held in conjunction with the 9th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (2018 ACM BCB)

ParBio 2018 - Important Dates:
When:    August 29, 2018
Where:    Washington, DC USA
Submission Deadline:    June 11, 2018
Notification Due:            June 18, 2018
Final Version Due:         June 25, 2018


--- Workshop Call For Paper ---

Due to the availability of high-throughput platforms (e.g. next generation sequencing, microarray and mass spectrometry) and clinical diagnostic tools (e.g. medical imaging), a recent trend in Bioinformatics and Biomedicine is the increasing production of experimental and clinical data. Considering the complex analysis pipelines of biomedical research, the bottleneck is more and more moving toward the storage, integration, and analysis of experimental data, as well as their correlation and integration with publicly available datasets. 

While Parallel Computing and Grid Computing may offer the computational power and storage capacity to face this overwhelming availability of data, Cloud Computing provides a compelling new technology to hide the complexity of computing infrastructures, to reduce the cost of data analysis taska, and especially to change the overall model of biomedical research and health care provisioning. 

Grid infrastructures may offer the data storage needed to store the huge experimental and biomedical data, while parallel computing can be used for basic pre-processing (e.g. parallel BLAST, mpiBLAST) and for more advanced analysis (e.g. parallel data mining). In such a scenario, novel parallel architectures (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. 

On the other hand, these technologies require great investments by biomedical and clinical institutions, and are based on a traditional model where users often need to be aware and face different management problems, such as hardware and software management, data storage, software ownership, and non-scalable costs (different professional-level applications in the biomedical domain have high starting costs that prevent many small laboratories to use them). 

Cloud Computing technology is able to offer scalable costs and increased reachability, availability and ease of application use, while also supporting collaboration among scientists, and is already changing business models in different domains and has recently been leveraged for bioinformatics (see for instance the recent JCVI Cloud Bio-Linux initiative) and biomedical domains. However, many problems remain to be solved, such as availability and safety of the data, privacy-related issues, availability of software platforms for rapid deployment, execution and billing of biomedical applications. 

The goal of ParBio 2018 is to bring together scientists in the fields of high performance and cloud computing, computational biology and medicine, to discuss, the organization of large scale biological and biomedical databases, the parallel/service-based implementation of bioinformatics and biomedical applications, and problems and opportunities of moving biomedical and health applications to the cloud. 

The workshop will focus on research issues, problems, and opportunities of moving biomedical and health applications to the cloud, as well as on the opportunity to define guidelines and minimum requirements for a Biomedical Cloud. Moreover, the workshop will discuss parallel and distributed management and analysis of molecular and clinical data, that more and more need to be integrated and analyzed in a joint way. 


The main themes and research topics of interest regard the applications of parallel and high performance computing to biology and medicine, as well as Cloud Computing opportunities and problems for bioinformatics and biomedical applications, including: 

- Large scale biological and biomedical databases 
- Data integration and ontologies in biology and medicine 
- Integration and analysis of molecular and clinical data 
- Parallel bioinformatics algorithms 
- Parallel visualization and exploration of omics and clinical data 
- Parallel visualization and analysis of biomedical images 
- Computing environments for large scale collaboration 
- Scientific workflows in bioinformatics and biomedicine 
- Emerging architectures and programming models for bioinformatics and biomedicine 
- Parallel processing of bio-signals 
- Modeling and simulation of complex biological processes 
- Cloud Computing for bioinformatics and biomedicine 
- Cloud Computing for health systems 
- Privacy issues for Cloud-based biomedical applications 
- (Web) Services for bioinformatics and biomedicine 
- Grid Computing for bioinformatics and biomedicine 
- Peer-To-Peer Computing for bioinformatics and biomedicine 


The workshop is scheduled as a half-day workshop and will take place on August 29, 2018. 


ParBio 2018 welcomes original submissions that have not been published and that are not under review by another conference or journal. Papers should not exceed 10 pages in ACM template on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (see ACM templates - http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). All submissions will be evaluated on their originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and interest to the conference attendees. 

Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the work associated with the paper submitted. ParBio’s technical program committee will review all submitted papers. All accepted papers of registered authors will be included in the workshop proceedings published by ACM digital libraries. Authors of selected papers may be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in several journals. Authors of accepted papers will be required to submit an online ACM Copyright Form. Authors will be contacted by ACM requesting this information. (Note that ACM copyright permissions are directly compatible with NIH and similar open access policies, see http://authors.acm.org/main.html for more information.). 

Authors should submit papers using the ParBio2018 Easy Chair Installation:



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