Appel: BMC Bioinformatics Special Issue - LBM - Singapore - Deadline extended (September 30)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Sep 12 12:34:24 UTC 2007

Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 22:32:45 +0200
From: Pierre Zweigenbaum <pz at>
Message-Id: <200709092232.45144.pz at>

[Apologies for cross-postings]

** extended deadline September 30th **
2nd International Symposium on 

Languages in Biology and Medicine (LBM) 2007 

6-7 December 2007 @ Biopolis, Singapore 

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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.

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. LBM
was established in 2005 and the remit of this event remains highly
relevant today. 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

  * Logic language: knowledge representation and induction; 

  * Sequence language: RNA structure prediction, protein domain

  * Database language: database interface, query language; 

  * Visualization language: information visualization, molecular

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 30, 2007.

Important Dates 

Paper submission due: September 30 , 2007 
Notification of acceptance: November 1, 2007 
Camera ready due: November 30 , 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, 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 
Rebholz Dietrich, 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, Linköping 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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