Call for Papers - ITBAM 2011

2nd International Conference on Information Technology in Bio- and Medical Informatics - ITBAM 2011

Toulouse, France

August 29 - September 2, 2011

Data intensive disciplines like life sciences and medicine are promoting vivid research activities in the area of databases. Modern technologies such as high-throughput mass-spectrometry and sequencing, micro-arrays, high-resolution imaging, etc. produce enormous and continuously increasing amounts of data. Huge public databases provide access to aggregated and consolidated information on genome and protein sequences, biological pathways, diseases, anatomy atlases, and scientific literature. There has never been more potentially available information to study biomedical systems ranging from single cells to complete organisms. However, it is a non-trivial task to transform the vast amount of biomedical data into actionable information triggering scientific progress and supporting patient management. Major biomedical application scenarios for research in the database community include but are not limited to:

  • Systems biology
  • Genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics
  • Genome-wide association studies
  • Drug target discovery and personalized medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Electronic patient records
  • Patient monitoring
  • Surgery planning and support
  • etc.

Various emerging database technologies for coping with the challenges of these application scenarios have been developed and are an active area of research in information technology:

  • Administration of vast amounts of data
  • Integration of heterogeneous data sources
  • Federated and distributed databases
  • Data warehouses
  • Data mining techniques like classification, clustering, association rule mining, etc.
  • Decision support systems
  • Information and image retrieval
  • Signal processing and streaming databases
  • Privacy protection and data security
  • Data quality assurance
  • Process management and collaborative work
  • User interfaces and visualization
  • etc.

Designing database technology to support applications in life sciences and medicine is an inspiring field of interdisciplinary research. Often there is a long way from an idea to practical application which involves intensive discussion between experts in information technology, life sciences and medicine. ITBAM accompanies and supports this way by providing an excellent venue for the exchange of ideas, fruitful discussion, and effective interaction among interdisciplinary researchers.

In addition to the regular conference program featuring presentations of full and short research papers published in the proceedings, ITBAM encourages the submission of posters reporting work in progress. All accepted posters will be displayed during the whole event and abstracts will also be included in the proceedings.


ITBAM conference papers and poster submissions:

  • Submission of full papers (firm): March 7, 2011 ==> extended to April 10, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: May 11, 2011
  • Submission of posters (firm): May 16, 2011
  • Camera-ready copies due: June 9, 2011

Paper Submission Details:

Authors are invited to submit electronically original contributions or experience reports in English. The submitted manuscript should closely reflect the final paper as it will appear in the proceedings.

  • Paper submissions should not exceed 15 pages in LNCS format. Poster submissions are expected to consist of 1 page Abstract (
  • Any submission that exceeds length limits or deviates from formatting requirements may be rejected without review.
  • For registration and electronic submission see:
  • The submission system will be open starting from January 2011.
  • Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.
  • Duplicate submissions are not allowed. Authors are expected to agree to the following terms: "I understand that the paper being submitted must not overlap substantially with any other paper that I am a co-author of and that is currently submitted elsewhere. Furthermore, previously published papers with any overlap are cited prominently in this submission."

Poster Submission:

Authors can either submit a draft of the poster, or an (extended) abstract that described its contents.

Accepted Papers:

All accepted conference papers will be published in "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" (LNCS) by Springer Verlag. Accepted full papers will be of 15 pages length, short papers 8 pages. Authors of accepted papers must sign a Springer copyright release form. For further inquiries, please contact the Conference Organisation Office (gabriela at

General Chairperson:

Christian Böhm, University of Munich, Germany

Program Committee Co-chairpersons:

Sami Khuri, San José State University, USA
Lenka Lhotska, Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic
Nadia Pisanti, University of Pisa, Italy

Program Committee:

Werner Aigner, FAW, Austria
Fuat Akal, Functional Genomics Center Zurich, Switzerland
Tatsuya Akutsu, Kyoto University, Japan, Japan
Andreas Albrecht, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
Julien Allali, LABRI, University of Bordeaux 1, France
Lijo Anto, University of Kerala, India
Rubén Armañanzas Arnedillo, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Peter Baumann, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Balaram Bhattacharyya, Visva-Bharati University, India
Christian Blaschke, Bioalma Madrid, Spain
Veselka Boeva, Technical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Gianluca Bontempi, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Roberta Bosotti, Nerviano Medical Science s.r.l., Italy
Rita Casadio, University of Bologna, Italy
Sònia Casillas, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Kun-Mao Chao, National Taiwan University, China
Vaclav Chudacek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Coral del Val Muñoz, University of Granada, Spain
Hans-Dieter Ehrich, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Mourad Elloumi, University of Tunis, Tunesia
Maria Federico, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Christoph M. Friedrich, Univ. of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany
Xiangchao Gan, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Alejandro Giorgetti, University of Verona, Italy
Alireza Hadj Khodabakhshi, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Volker Heun, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Chun-Hsi Huang, University of Connecticut, USA
Lars Kaderali, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Alastair Kerr, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sami Khuri, San Jose State University, USA
Michal Krátký, Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Josef Küng, University of Linz, Austria
Gorka Lasso-Cabrera, CIC bioGUNE, Spain
Marc Lensink, ULB, Belgium
Lenka Lhotska, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Roger Marshall, Plymouth Ystate University, USA
Elio Masciari, ICAR-CNR, Università della Calabria, Italy
Henning Mersch, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Aleksandar Milosavljevic, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Jean-Christophe Nebel, Kingston University, United Kingdom
Vit Novacek, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Nadia Pisanti, University of Pisa, Italy
Cinzia Pizzi, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Clara Pizzuti, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR)-National Research Council(CNR), Italy
Meikel Poess, Oracle Corporation,
Hershel Safer, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Nick Sahinidis, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Roberto Santana, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Kristan Schneider, University of Vienna, Austria
Jens Stoye, University of Bielefeld, Germany
A Min Tjoa, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Paul van der Vet, University of Twente, Netherlands
Roland R. Wagner, University of Linz, Austria
Oren Weimann, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Viacheslav Wolfengagen, Institute JurInfoR-MSU, Russia
Borys Wrobel, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Filip Zavoral, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Songmao Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Qiang Zhu, The University of Michigan, USA
Frank Gerrit Zoellner, University of Heidelberg, Germany

to be completed