>> ICBO | ODLS 2020 <<   1st Call for Papers


Main research track submissions due:  April 20, 2020


11th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO)

10th Workshop on Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences (ODLS)

held jointly as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK 2020)

September 16-19, 2020       Bolzano, Italy

== Scope and Topics ==

The International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO) [1] is a premier annual conference series that brings together researchers, students and professionals involved in the development and application of ontologies in all areas of biology, medicine, diseases, human health, genome biology, environment, biomes, nutrition, food, plants, agriculture and others.

This year, ICBO will be held jointly with Ontologies and Data for the Life Sciences (ODLS), an annual workshop series that focuses on ontologies, data management and data processing in the life sciences and in health care. It covers the overall spectrum of biomedical information management, from experimental data acquisition and preprocessing across analysis, structuring and interpretation of data, up to developing structured representations of knowledge, in particular in the form of ontologies, with their various applications.

The theme for ICBO|ODLS 2020 is “Ontology across Boundaries”, although submissions on any topic related to bio-ontologies are welcome. The theme includes, for example:

* Ontologies and associated methods and tools at the practical
interfaces between different yet interrelated disciplines and
communities of practice (e.g. biology–chemistry,
immunology–epidemiology etc.)
* Ontologies and associated methods and tools overcoming boundaries
between basic research and translation
* Ontology as a tool for open science to reduce segregation of
research results and improve access to the full body of knowledge
across scientific disciplines, especially as applied to urgent
topics such as the climate crisis
* Ontologies and associated methods and tools in practice across
national boundaries (e.g. medical ontologies needing to serve
international contexts)
* Ontologies and the socioeconomic boundaries that can lead to
differences in health outcomes in different population groups
* Ontology in translation: ontologies supporting knowledge, data and
applications in multiple languages
* Ontologies in relation: interrelating ontologies (e.g. at different
levels of granularity or specificity) and linking ontologies to
terminologies, models and data standards
* Overcoming the practical boundaries of ontologies in integrated
applications including data annotation, data integration, data
science, machine learning and other artificial intelligence

ICBO|ODLS 2020 is part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK) [2], therefore co-located with the 22nd International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW) [3] and the 11th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS) [4], as well as several additional events.

== Important Dates ==
[all dates in 2020]
Main research paper track:
* Submission deadline                  April 20  (Mon)
* Notification                          June 04  (Thu)
* Camera-ready versions                 July 15  (Wed)

All other tracks                TBA  (submission not before June)
Conference dates                September 16-19  (Wed-Sat)

All submission deadlines refer to 23:59:59 anywhere on earth (UTC-12).

== Types of Papers ==

ICBO|ODLS 2020 is soliciting submissions of novel (not previously published nor concurrently submitted) research papers in the areas of the application of ontologies to biomedical problems, ontology-based methods, ontology design and ontology interoperability, at any stage in the process from data creation to use in applications or scientific analyses. Submissions will be welcome from a broad range of approaches to ontology building and use.

In addition, we would like to invite contributions showcasing methods for ontology-based research, including statistical methods, and papers addressing the challenges associated with working with multiple ontologies at the same time, including ontology development, visualization, annotation of data, analysis, and applications.

Accordingly, there are several categories of submissions, corresponding to distinct tracks of the conference:

* full-length research papers (8-10 pages)
* full-length tools and applications papers (8-10 pages)
* poster abstracts (2 pages)
* early career researcher symposium abstracts (5 pages)

A selection of successful poster abstracts will be invited to give flash presentations during the conference.

Contributions must be delivered non-anonymously and as a single PDF file. They must be formatted using the IOS Press template [5] (one-column format, available for Microsoft Word and LaTeX) according to the guidelines for book authors. The same template is required for submissions to FOIS [4] as well as to ICBO and other workshops held in the context of BOSK [2].

== Submission and Proceedings ==

Contributions will need to be submitted via EasyChair. A corresponding link will soon be available at the ICBO|ODLS website [1].

A Best Paper Award, Best Poster Award, Best Tool and Application Award, and Best Early Career Contribution Award will be awarded at the conference.

All accepted papers and abstracts will be published open access in an issue of the IAOA series of CEUR-WS [6]. Moreover, accepted papers will be invited to submit an expanded version to a special issue collection in an open access journal (further details to be announced at the conference website [1]).

== Contact ==

For more information please email us at icbo2020@unibz.it [7].

== Organizing Committee ==

Conference Chairs:
* Janna Hastings (University College London, UK)
* Frank Loebe    (Univ. of Leipzig, Germany)

Tools and Applications Chairs:
* Phillip Lord (Newcastle Univ., UK)
* James Overton (Knocean, inc. & OBO Foundry)

Workshop and Tutorial Chairs:
* Robert Hoehndorf (KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi-Arabia)
* Randi Vita (LJI, La Jolla, USA & OBO Foundry)

Early Career Chairs:
* Adrien Barton (IRIT, Toulouse, France & Univ. of Sherbrooke, Canada)
* Nicole Vasilevsky (Oregon Health & Science Univ., Portland, USA)

Publicity Chair:
* Jennifer Warrender (Newcastle Univ., UK)

Local Organizing Committee at Free Univ. of Bolzano, Italy:
* Oliver Kutz [Local Chair]
* Pietro Galliani
* Guendalina Righetti
* Nicolas Troquard

== Links ==

[1] ICBO|ODLS 2020 website


[2] BOSK 2020 website


[3] Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW) 2020 website


[4] Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS) 2020 website


[5] IOS Press templates for book authors


[6] CEUR Workshop Proceedings: IAOA Series


[7] ICBO|ODLS 2020 contact email


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