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Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS)

Call for Presentations

updated October 27, 2011

** CSHALS 2012 Submission Site **

The ISCB Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS) is a forum for the presentation and discussion of semantics-based approaches and challenges currently faced in the Healthcare and Life Science Industry. The conference features keynote lectures, invited talks, selected oral presentations and posters.

New for CSHALS 2012!

The organizers are exploring opportunities to publish a proceedings of abstracts or full papers as part of CSHALS 2012! A full announcement will be made early in the fall.
Topics covered by CSHALS 2012 span the continuum between standards development and big data workflows - the scope between Life Science data representation and its analysis. Conference organizers are accepting abstract submissions for poster and oral presentations in the following topic areas:
  • Applications to Emerging Health Disciplines - Use of the semantic web integrative and distributed nature to support emergence of novel applications in health care
  • Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Analytics -semantic applications to inference and decision-making.
  • Clinical Applications - Semantic web exploits as part of medical care delivery.
  • Cloud, Parallel, and Distributed Computing - use of semantic technologies for representation and management of distributed computational resources and workflows.
  • Data Modeling: Ontologies, Taxonomies - practical application of knowledge engineering principles and techniques to data modeling.
  • Healthcare eScience: Translational Medicine, Pharmacogenomics - patient-centric use of semantic web technologies to handle the integration of clinical and biomolecular data.
  • Human Computer Interfaces - development of interfaces or design criteria that involve humans in the process of knowledge creation.
  • Linked Data - generation, representation, and management of data using the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Linked Data principles.
  • Molecular Applications- Semantic web exploits in the biomolecular and biochemical domains.
  • Text Analysis, NLP, Question Answering - use of semantic technologies for processing natural language.

Key Dates

August 29, 2011
Call for Oral and Poster Presentations Opens
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November 21, 2011
Call for Oral Presentations Closes
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December 2, 2011
Oral Presentation Acceptance Notification
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January 9, 2012
Call for Poster Closes
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January 16, 2012
Poster Presentation Acceptance Notification
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January 20, 2012
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 20, 2012 remain eligible to present at CSHALS. Payment of the conference registration fee is the responsibility of the presenter.

Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Welcome to CSHALS 2012! – February 22 - 24



Introducing the CSHALS 2012 Keynote Speakers:

Rinke Hoekstra, PhD
Knowledge Representation & Reasoning Group
VU University Amsterdam
Leibniz Center for Law
University of Amsterdam
Netherlands

Presentation Title:
The Knowledge Reengineering Bottleneck

>>Click here for presentation details
Isaac (Zak) Kohane, MD, PhD
Director, Children’s Hospital Informatics Program
Henderson Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology
Harvard Medical School (HMS)
Co-Director, HMS Center for Biomedical Informatics
Director of the HMS Countway Library of Medicine
Cambridge, MA, USA

Presentation Title:
SMArt Semantics for Clinical Healthcare Delivery

>>Click here for presentation details

Barend Mons, PhD
Scientific Director
Netherlands Bioinformatics Center
Biosemantics Group Leader, Leiden University Medical Centre
Netherlands

Presentation Title:
E-Science Dictates E-Publication - Nanopublications as a Substrate for In-silico Knowledge Discovery

>>Click here for presentation details

Chris Welty, PhD
IBM Research Scientist
T.J. Watson Research Center New York, USA

Presentation Title:
Inside the Mind of Watson

>>Click here for presentation details

Stephen Wolfram, PhD
Founder & CEO Wolfram Research
Wolfram Research
Champaign, IL - USA

Presentation Title:
Wolfram|Alpha and the Quest for Computational Knowledge

>>Click here for presentation details


As in past years, the 2011 conference was highly rated in the following areas:

  • Tutorial topics
  • Keynote speakers
  • Conference agenda
  • Conference logistics/organization

Past attendee comments included…

"I thought the speakers were excellent."

"Well conducted in terms of bioinformatics technology."

"Terrific conference and I learned a lot – felt like I was able to contribute something as well."

"Very good mix, a bit futuristic … but highly necessary to keep exposing to less technology savvy folks."

"Cambridge (MA, USA) is a good location, with good transportation links to regional, national, and international attendees."

93% of the 2011 attendees will recommend this conference to others. CSHALS is your place to be in 2012!

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Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS)

Key Dates and Deadlines

(updated October 27, 2011)
Oral and Poster Submissions
August 29, 2011 Call for Oral and Poster Presentations Opens
November 21, 2011
Call for Oral Presentations Closes
December 2, 2011
Oral Presentation Acceptance Notification
January 9, 2012 Call for Posters Closes
January 16, 2012 Poster Acceptance Notification
Registration
October 31, 2012 Registration Opens
January 20, 2012 Early Discounted Registration Closes
January 21, 2012 Regular Registration Opens
February 22, 2012 On-Site Registration
CSHALS 2012 Tutorial and Conference Dates
Wed, February 22nd Tutorial Day
Thu, February 23rd and Fri, February 24th Conference Days

Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS)

Organizing Committee

Conference Chairs

  • Mike Bevil, Merck & Co.
  • Joanne Luciano, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tetherless World Constellation

Organizing Committee

  • Mike Bevil, Merck & Co., Conference Chair
  • Joanne Luciano, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tetherless World Constellation, Conference Chair
  • Jonas S. Almeida, University of Alabama at Birmingham, US
  • Lee Feigenbaum, Cambridge Semantics
  • Ted Slater, Broad Reach Strategic Advising LLC, Past Conference Chair

Logistical Organizers

  • Steven Leard, ISCB Conferences Director
  • BJ Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer

Semantic Technologies in Healthcare and Life Sciences

published byJournal of Biomedical Sementics
CSHALS Organizing Committee editors: Dr. Jonas Almeida and Dr. Joanne Luciano

Contact Us
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REGISTRATION

(updated February 17, 2012)

Special Offer: CSHALS 2012 Tutorial Registration

Wednesday, February 22
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Registration is now open for the February 22nd CSHALS Tutorial without the requirement of attending the main conference on February 23-24. If you decide after attending the Tutorial to also register for the main conference, 50% of your $250 Tutorial fee will be applied toward your on-site conference registration fee. This special Tutorial-only registration offer must be completed by Monday, February 20 (5:00 pm Eastern).  Full details available below. 


>>Regular Registration
Applicable Dates:
Jan. 21, 2012
to
Feb. 21, 2012
5:00 pm EST

On-line registration closes
**Feb. 21, 2012
(5 p.m. Eastern)
ISCB Member Non-member
Conference
Registration
Tutorial Registration
(to be held
Feb. 21,
8:30 am
- 5 PM)

Note: You must
be registered for the CSHALS 2012 conference to register for the full-day tutorial
on Wednesday,
Feb. 22, 2012
.
Conference
Registration
Tutorial Registration
(to be held
Feb. 21,
8:30 am
- 5 PM)

Industry: $600 $125 $800 $125
Academic
/Government
/Non-profit:
$400 $125 $600 $125
Postdoc
(with letter
from Advisor)*:
$350 $125 $500 $125
Students
(with ID*):
$225 $125 $325 $125

>>Early Registration has closed. See below for Regular Registration.
Applicable Dates:
Oct. 31, 2011
to
Jan. 20, 2012
11:59 PM
ISCB Member Non-member
Conference
Registration
Tutorial Registration
(8am - Feb 22)

Note: You must
be registered for the CSHALS 2012 conference to register for the full-day tutorial
on Wednesday,
Feb. 22, 2012
.
Conference Registration Tutorial Registration
(8am - Feb 22)

Note: You must
be registered for the CSHALS 2012 conference to register for the full-day tutorial
on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
.

Industry: $500 $100 $700 $100
Academic
/Government
/Non-profit:
$300 $100 $500 $100
Postdoc
(with letter
from Advisor)*:
$250 $100 $400 $100
Students
(with ID*):
$125 $100 $225 $100

* Advisor letter or student ID must be presented at the registration desk on-site at the conference.

On-site registration is available beginning February 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

If you would like to register by mail or fax, please download the form here and mail, fax or email a completed copy to the ISCB Registration Office contact noted below.

If you would like to register by mail or fax, please download the form here .pdf or Word) and mail, fax or email a completed copy to the ISCB Registration Office contact noted below.


Cancellation Policy:

Request for registration cancellation must be made in writing & sent to the ISCB Registration Office contact noted below.

All refunds will be mailed after the conference. Refunds will be made in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Cancellations received on or before February 3, 2012 will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refund of fees will be given after February 3, 2012

Registration Office:

Suzi Smith
ISCB Conference Registration Administrator
c/o 12127 Royal Lytham Row
San Diego, CA 92128 USA
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax +1-619-374-2890

If you have any questions please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sponsor Opportunities

Updated January 23, 2012
Gold: $20,000

  1. Three (3) complimentary conference registrations
  2. Three (3) sponsor/VIP dinner invitations
  3. One (1) Exhibitor Showcase Display space
  4. One (1) 20 minute tech-talk (scheduled by the organizers)
  5. Logo recognition with hyperlink on home page of conference web site
  6. Logo recognition during conference opening session
  7. Logo recognition on conference sponsor signage*
  8. Gold Sponsor recognition with organization logo and
    100 word description in conference program
  9. Full-page black and white advertisement in conference program
  10. Option to provide company brochure/flyer for placement
    in delegate packet

Silver: $15,000

  1. Two (2) complimentary conference registrations
  2. Two (2) sponsor/VIP dinner invitations
  3. One (1) Exhibitor Showcase Display space
  4. One (1) 20 minute tech-talk (scheduled by the organizers)
  5. Logo recognition with hyperlink on sponsors page of conference
    web site
  6. Logo recognition during conference opening session
  7. Logo recognition on conference sponsor signage*
  8. Silver Sponsor recognition with organization logo and
    50 word description in conference program
  9. Half-page black and white advertisement in conference program

Bronze: $10,000

  1. One (1) complimentary conference registration
  2. One (1) sponsor/VIP dinner invitation
  3. One (1) Exhibitor Showcase Display space
  4. One (1) 20 minute tech-talk (scheduled by the organizers)
  5. Company name recognition with hyperlink on sponsors page of conference web site
  6. Logo recognition during conference opening session
  7. Logo recognition on conference sponsor signage*
  8. Bronze Sponsor recognition with organization name and
    company URL in conference program
  9. Quarter-page black and white advertisement in conference program

Reception Sponsor - $5000

  1. One (1) complimentary conference registration
  2. One (1) sponsor/VIP dinner invitation
  3. Company name recognition with hyperlink on sponsors page of conference web site
  4. Logo recognition during conference opening session
  5. Logo recognition on conference sponsor signage*
  6. Sponsor recognition with organization name and company URL in conference program
  7. Quarter-page black and white advertisement in conference program

Keynote Sponsor - $2500

  1. One (1) complimentary conference registration
  2. One (1) sponsor/VIP dinner invitation
  3. Company name recognition with hyperlink on sponsors page of conference web site
  4. Logo recognition during conference opening session
  5. Logo recognition on conference sponsor signage*
  6. Sponsor recognition with organization name and company URL in conference program

Coffee Break Sponsor - $1750

  1. One (1) complimentary conference registration
  2. One (1) sponsor/VIP dinner invitation
  3. Company name recognition with hyperlink on sponsors page of conference web site
  4. Logo recognition during conference opening session
  5. Logo recognition on conference sponsor signage*
  6. Sponsor recognition with organization name and company URL in conference program

Tech Talks - $2000

Tech Talks are opportunities to showcase products and services with conference delegates within a defined conference session track. The cost for a Tech Talk is $2000 and includes one complimentary conference registration for the presenter.

Tech Talks are 20 minutes in length allowing for a 15 minute presentation and up to 5 minutes to for Q&A. These presentations are designed to allow organizations to create awareness of new technologies, services, etc.

Requests for Tech Talks are reviewed for approval by the Organizing Committee. Space is limited and it may not be possible to accept all requests.

Exhibitor Showcase
-->Not for Profit Organization: $1500.00

-->For Profit Organization: $2500.00

CSHALS 2012 offers organizations an opportunity to showcase products and services as part of the conference exhibitor showcase. A limited number of spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. The exhibitor showcase includes the following:
  • Conference Registration for one representative
  • Exhibit showcase space, with 6ft table. Please note the showcase is designed for pop-up displays, approximately 8 ft wide or a table-top exhibit.

Student Travel Fellowship - $1000
CSHALS is also hoping to expand participation by students and jr. researchers through creation of a travel fellowship program. If your company is able to sponsor one or more student travel fellowships to CSHALS contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contributions of $1000 and above will be recognized with a hyperlinked company logo on the conference website.

To confirm your space contact:

Steven Leard
Conferences Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 1+780-414-1663


* Logo recognition on conference sponsor signage will be proportionately sized for each sponsorship level, with Gold Sponsor logos being the largest and appearing at the top of the signage.

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Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS)

About CSHALS 2012

CSHALS is the premier annual event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, including hospitals/healthcare institutions and academic research labs. With an expanded scope that includes the emerging field of data science, CSHALS is the place to be in 2012!

Topics covered by CSHALS 2012 span the continuum between standards development and big data workflows - the scope between Life Science data representation and its analysis. Conference organizers are accepting abstract submissions for poster and oral presentations in the following topic areas:

  • Linked Data - generation, representation, and management of data using the 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 - patient-centric use of semantic web technologies to handle the integration of clinical and biomolecular data.
  • Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Analytics - semantic applications to inference and decision-making.
  • Human Computer Interfaces - development of interfaces or design criteria that involve humans in the process of knowledge creation.
  • Clinical Applications - Semantic web exploits as part of medical care delivery.
  • Molecular Applications - Semantic web exploits in the biomolecular and biochemical domains.
  • Applications to Emerging Health Disciplines - Use of the semantic web integrative and distributed nature to support emergence of novel applications in health care.


As in past years, the 2011 conference was highly rated in the following areas:

  • Tutorial topics
  • Keynote speakers
  • Conference agenda
  • Conference logistics/organization

Past attendee comments included…

"I thought the speakers were excellent."

"Well conducted in terms of bioinformatics technology."

"Terrific conference and I learned a lot – felt like I was able to contribute something as well."

"Very good mix, a bit futuristic … but highly necessary to keep exposing to less technology savvy folks."

"Cambridge (MA, USA) is a good location, with good transportation links to regional, national, and international attendees."

93% of the 2011 attendees will recommend this conference to others. CSHALS is your place to be in 2012!

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