Conference: Languages in Biology and Medicine

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon May 21 14:25:19 UTC 2007

Languages in Biology and Medicine

Short Title: LBM 2007

Date: 06-Dec-2007 - 07-Dec-2007
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Contact Person: Jian Su
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 09-Sep-2007

Meeting Description

The International Symposium on Languages in Biology and Medicine (LBM)
2007 seeks to provide a renewed opportunity for interaction between
language professionals with different methodological backgrounds. The
symposium focuses on the languages that are in active use for biology and
medicine. We are calling for original research papers on, but not limited
to the topics listed below.  Papers focusing on application aspects of
languages in biology and medicine are also invited.

- Natural language: text mining, retrieval and management;

- Ontology language: ontology construction, extension and management;

- Logic language: knowledge representation and induction;

- Sequence language: RNA structure prediction, protein domain prediction;

- Database language: database interface, query language;

- Visualization language: information visualization, molecular

1st Call for Papers

2nd International Symposium on Languages in Biology and Medicine (LBM

6-7 December 2007  Biopolis, Singapore, (

Language is a powerful tool that in its many manifestations is a system,
used for communication, comprising a finite set of arbitrary symbols and a
set of rules (or grammar) by which the manipulation of these symbols is
governed.  In biology and medicine, the importance of languages used to
represent knowledge, communicate and query information is immense.
Likewise auxiliary tasks such as translation, summarization and
information extraction play important roles supporting scientific
research. The automation of such tasks has significantly advanced
knowledge discovery in biomedicine.

Incumbent technologies that discover, read and process language are
continually stretched by the vigorous demands of bio-medical scientists
and there is the continual need and incentive for language techniques to
evolve. Despite this, the distinct communities involved in language
processing rarely borrow from one another or look over the fence to see
what other approaches are in use.  And yet synergistic interactions across
methodological disciplines and across different topics are frequently the
harbingers of revolutionary technologies. In this context, it is
imperative that we adopt diversification, more lateral and creative
interaction between language professionals.

LBM2007 will consist of oral paper and poster presentation, invited
speeches and a panel discussion. In addition to on-line conference
proceedings, oral paper presentations will be published in BMC
Bioinformatics and receive a MEDLINE citation. The symposium is co-located
with the International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW), which will
be held in Singapore from December 3 to 5, 2007.

Submission of Papers

Submission should follow BMC instructions for authors which could be found
at and should not exceed 14
pages including references. Additional pages could be given to figures and
tables.  Paper review will be double blind, so papers should not include
authors' names and affiliations. Self-references are to be avoided,
--instead of ''As we showed in Smith et al. 1999...'', say ''As Smith et
al. 1999 showed....'' Paper submission software will allow authors to
enter full author information separately. The paper submission site is  Manuscripts must be submitted no later
than September 9, 2007.

Important Dates

Paper submission due: September 9, 2007
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2007
Camera ready due: November 1, 2007
LBM 2007 Conference: December 6-7, 2007

Steering Committee

See-Kiong Ng, NTU & I2R, Singapore
Jong C. Park, KAIST, South Korea
Limsoon Wong, NUS, Singapore

General Chairs

Jong C. Park, KAIST, South Korea
Limsoon Wong, NUS, Singapore

Programme Committee Chairs

Christopher J. O. Baker, I2R, Singapore
Su Jian, I2R, Singapore

Local Organizing Chair

Rajaraman Kanagasabai, I2R, Singapore

Programme Committee

Sophia Ananiadou, University of Manchester, UK
Vlad Bajic, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Chitta Baral, Arizona State University, USA
Christian Blaschke, Bioalma, Spain
Anita Burgun, Universite de Rennes, France
Werner Ceusters, SUNY Buffalo NY, USA
Kevin B. Cohen, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, USA
Nigel Collier, National Institute for Informatics, Japan
Mark Craven, University of Wisconsin, USA
Dietrich, Rebholz, EMBL-EBI, UK
Julian Gough, University of Bristol, UK
Volker Haarslev, Concordia University, Canada
Udo Hahn, Jena University, Germany
Lynette Hirschman, MITRE, USA
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
Ewan Klein, Edinburgh University, UK
Satoshi Kobayashi, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Michael Krauthammer, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Patrick Lambrix, Linkping University, Sweden
Liu, Hong Fang, Georgetown University Medical Center, USA
Yves Lussier, University of Chicago, USA
Erik van Mulligen, Erasmus MC, Netherlands
Jinah Park, Information & Communications University, Korea
Tom Rindflesch, National Library of Medicine, USA
Jasmin Saric, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Neil Sarkar, Woods Hole, USA
Stefan Schulz, Freiburg University Hospital, Germany
Donia Scott, Open University, UK
Hagit Shatkay, Queen's University, Canada
Jun'ichi Tsujii, University of Tokyo, Japan, University of Manchester, UK
Alfonso Valencia, CNIO, Spain
W. John Wilbur, NIH, USA
Rene Witte, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Hong Yu, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI-CNRS, France

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