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Biomedical ontologies and controlled terminologies provide structured domain knowledge to a variety of health information systems. The rich thesaurus with concepts linked by semantic relationships has been widely used in natural language processing, data mining, machine learning, semantic annotation, and automated reasoning. The dramatically increasing amount of health-related data poses unprecedented opportunities for mining previously unknown knowledge with semantics-powered data analytics methods. However, due to the heterogeneity of different data sources, it is a challenging problem to exploit multiple sources to solve real-world problems such as designing cost-effective treatment plan for patients, designing generalizable clinical trials, drug repurposing, and clinical phenotyping. The goal of this workshop is to bring people in the field of knowledge representation, knowledge management, and health data analytics to discuss innovative semantic methods, applications, and data analytics to address problems in healthcare, biomedicine, public health, and clinical research with biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social web data.

We are inviting original research submissions (FULL 8 pages), work-in-progress (SHORT 4 pages), and poster abstracts (2 pages, NEW TYPE).

All the accepted papers (both SHORT and FULL) will be published in the BIBM 2017 Proceedings; Selected FULL paper will be published in the supplement of BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making (IF: 2.042; Indexed in SCIE, MEDLINE, and PMC; and subject to an article processing charge of £1,122). Selected high-quality SHORT papers will also be invited to submit an extended version to the journal supplement for consideration.

Note: If a FULL paper is selected for possible journal publication, the authors will be asked to shorten their workshop paper to four pages to be published in the BIBM 2017 Proceedings and then submit the journal version after the workshop. The authors can still choose to publish their full papers in the conference proceedings, in which case however, the authors will NOT be eligible to publish in the journal supplement due to the journal’s self-plagiarism concern.

A new review process: To mitigate the biases and reduce the burden of the reviewer community, we will employ a hybrid approach in the review process of this workshop. We will invite external reviewers (in the Cyberchair system) as well as contributing authors to review the submissions (in the Pevals system). The final decision will be made based on the review reports from both systems. As such, the organizers, the external reviewers, as well as contributing authors will have a shared responsibility to maintain a high standard for the review process and ensure the quality of the workshop papers. To accommodate the busy schedule of the authors, you can choose the number of submission to review or not to participate in the peer-review in Pevals. In such a case, the decision will be made based on the external reviewers' review reports.

Call for paper

Important date

1970-01-01 00:00:00
Abstract submission deadline
1970-01-01 00:00:00
Abstract notification of acceptance
2017-09-20 00:00:00
Draft paper submission deadline
2017-10-10 00:00:00
Draft paper acceptance notification
Final paper submission deadline

Submission Topics

Topics of interest include but not limited to:

Ontologies and Controlled Terminologies

  • Ontology development and enrichment

  • Quality assurance of ontologies and controlled terminologies

  • Semantic harmonization and ontology alignment

  • Knowledge representation and reasoning

Semantics-based Data Analytics

  • Ontology-based text mining and natural language processing

  • Ontology-based analysis on biomedical, clinical, or social web data

  • Information Extraction on biomedical, clinical, or social web data

  • Data mining or machine learning on biomedical, clinical or social web data

  • Semantic annotation on biomedical, clinical or social web data

Data Integration

  • Linked open data

  • Novel approaches for data integration of heterogenous data sources

  • Large scale data integration


  • Novel tools and ontologies for data interpretation and visualization

  • Pharmacovigilance and drug repurposing using ontologies

  • Clinical trial generalizability assessment using ontologies

  • Algorithmic phenotyping and cohort identification using ontologies

  • Improving the literacy of health information consumers

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Important Date
  • Nov 13


    Conference Date

  • Sep 20 2017

    Draft paper submission deadline

  • Oct 10 2017

    Draft Paper Acceptance Notification

  • Oct 25 2017

    Final Paper Deadline

  • Nov 13 2017

    Registration deadline

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