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IO Informatics

Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Call for Presentations

Updated Nov 29, 2012

***CSHALS Submission Site Here***

Linked Data and Semantic Web technologies have now burst out of the research labs and are becoming effective, cost-saving technologies that are an integral part of the academic and industrial Big Data infrastructure. CSHALS 2013 offers a singular opportunity for academic and industry partners involved in developing and implementing semantically-interoperable technologies to share their insights and experience and learn about the state-of-the-art pertaining to Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Topics covered by CSHALS 2013 span the continuum between standards development and big data workflows - from Life Science data representation to its analysis. We are inviting submissions for poster and oral presentations in the following topic areas:

  • Linked Data - generation, representation, and management of data using the W3C’s Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Linked Data principles.
  • Data Modeling - Ontologies, Taxonomies - practical application of knowledge engineering principles and techniques to data modeling.
  • Text Analysis, NLP, Question Answering - use of semantic technologies for processing natural language.
  • Cloud, Parallel, and Distributed Computing - use of semantic technologies for representation and management of distributed computational resources and workflows.
  • Healthcare eScience - Translational Medicine, Pharmacogenomics, personal health records (PHR) - patient-centric use of semantic web technologies to handle the integration of clinical and biomolecular data.
  • Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Analytics - semantic applications for data analysis, inference, and decision-making.
  • Human Computer Interfaces - development of interfaces or design criteria that involve humans in the process of knowledge creation.
  • Clinical Applications - Use of semantic web technology or architectures, including the orchestration of webApp ecosystems, as part of medical care delivery.
  • Molecular Applications - Deployments of semantic web technology in biomolecular and biochemical domains.
  • Applications to Emerging Health Disciplines - Use of the semantic web’s integrative and distributed nature to support emergence of novel applications in health care.

Key Dates

September 14, 2012
Call for Oral and Poster Presentations Opens
December 5, 2012
Call for Oral Presentations Closes
December 10, 2012
Oral Presentation Acceptance Notification
January 11, 2013
Call for Poster Closes
January 18, 2013
Poster Presentation Acceptance Notification
January 20, 2013
Registration Deadline: Accepted Presenters Required

Participants interested in presenting at CSHALS are required to submit a 500-word abstract organized according to the sections described below. This abstract will be printed in the conference program and available on-line.

The submissions will be reviewed using the following criteria:
The objectives and motivation, as an introduction of the application of semantics relevant to CSHALS. (Note specifically, with which of themes, stated in the call for participation, your work aligns)

Method - name or describe the semantic tools and technologies used and any relevant analyses.

Results - present the main accomplishment of the work - what capability has been added? What was the impact? Lessons learned? Advantate/Disadvantage of using a semantic approach achieved.

Conclusions - present major theoretical contributions and practical implications of the study. This statement should be followed by specific recommendations.

Supporting PDF Document
In addition to the abstract, while not required, submitters are encouraged to upload a one-page PDF file in order to aid in the selection process. The supplemental PDF should only be uploaded to provide more information and context than is possible in the text abstract, such as figure(s), a description of character data, and/or a statement of the intended user community. PDFs that simply expand on the text of the abstract will be disregarded. This PDF will not be published and is intended for evaluation purposes only.

Please note: CSHALS conference registration for accepted presenters must be completed by January 25, 2013 remain eligible to present at CSHALS. Payment of the conference registration fee is the responsibility of the presenter.