[DL] CFP: ICBO Workshop on Working with Multiple Biomedical Ontologies (Extended Deadline 10 April)

Pierre Grenon pierregrenon at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 21:08:28 CEST 2011

+++ Extended submission deadline: 10 April +++

Call For Papers: Workshop on Working with Multiple Biomedical Ontologies

** 2 pages positions paper
** 4 pages max. extended abstracts
** 10 pages max. full papers

Workshop of the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2011)

26 July 2011, Buffalo, USA


The workshop intends to provide a report and discussion forum
concerning aspects of working with multiple biomedical ontologies.
Biomedical ontologies are often very large and nevertheless restricted
to delineated domains (e.g. anatomy, cells, diseases, genes). Thus
they present a dual challenge of managing their size and their
adequation to an intended scope. As a result, a number of issues arise
relating to the way biomedical ontologies may be either split or
combined. In application contexts, similar issues present themselves
when using ontologies in, for example, annotating large and diverse
datasets or when reasoning with multiple ontologies covering connected
domains. The workshop proposes to explore ways in which the rich
diversity of biomedical ontologies can be combined and used, in
particular, in multiple domain applications and at multiple scales.

Contributions on integration solutions for biomedical ontologies and
their applications are invited. Submissions of paper presentations
should be conducive to discussions and exchanges. Short papers,
position papers as well as longer papers (see submission instructions
for maximum length) on the following non-exhaustive list of topics are

Topics (indicative)

* Combination of ontological terms from orthogonal ontologies

* Relations bridging divides between ontologies or between ontology terms

* Cross-products and generalisations

* Modularisation of large ontologies, especially through combination

* Reasoning with multiple, large ontologies

* Scope and domain specification of biomedical ontologies

* Theory, application and implementation for the above

* Lessons learnt from other domains than the biomedical one


* Initial Submission: Position papers (up to 2 pages), short papers or
extended abstract (up to 4 pages), full papers (up to 10 pages) are
invited. Following review, authors of a short submissions may have the
option of extending it into a full paper.

* Full papers: Papers are limited to 2500 words, not including
abstract or references, and can be at most 10 pages inclusive in the
conference format.

* Format: Submissions must be in PDF and follow the Information for
LNCS Authors.

* Submission: Papers must be submitted through the ICBO Easychair
website: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icbo2011. The
submission should be identified as a submission to the Workshop:
Working with Multiple Biomedical Ontologies. Authors may feel free to
notify the workshop organisers of their submission.

* Publication: The workshop's papers will be published with the
conference proceedings.

Expressions of interest and clarification questions may be sent to the
organisers at the following addresses:
g.gkoutos at gen.cam.ac.uk, pgrenon at ebi.ac.uk

Important dates

* Initial submission:  April 10, 2011 (extended)
* Notification:        April 30, 2011
* Camera-ready:        June 10, 2011
* Workshop date:       July 26, 2011


* George Gkoutos, University of Cambridge, UK
* Pierre Grenon, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

Programme Committee

* Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
* Bernard de Bono, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
* John Gennari, University of Washington, USA
* Robert Hoehndorf, University of Cambridge, UK
* Dave Lambert, Knowledge Media Institute, UK
* Phillip Lord, Newcastle University, UK
* Alan Ruttenberg, University at Buffalo, USA
* Uli Sattler, University of Manchester, UK
* Sarala Wimalaratne, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
* Michael Witbrock, Cycorp, Inc. and Cycorp Europe
* Frank Wolter, University of Liverpool, UK


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