ITBAM 2015

6th International Conference on Information Technology in Bio- and Medical Informatics - ITBAM 2015

Valencia, Spain
September 3 - 4, 2015

Life Sciences, biology, biomedicine and health are turning into a data intensive discipline, consequently 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 and neuroinformatics
  • 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 such as classification, clustering, association rule mining, etc.
  • Interactive Knowledge Discovery and machine learning approaches
  • 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
  • Interoperability and standardization
  • etc.

Designing database technology to support applications in life sciences, biomedicine and health is an inspiring field of interdisciplinary research. The path from an idea or concept to a practical application is often long and laborious, involving intensive interactions between experts in information technology, life sciences and the medical field. ITBAM accompanies and supports this path 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 be included in the proceedings.


  • Submission of full papers: April 3, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: May 9, 2015
  • Submission of posters: May 19, 2015  ----> new deadline: May 27 !!
  • Camera-ready copies due: June 6, 2015

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 paper registration and electronic submission see:
  • 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."


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 Chairpersons:

  • Christian Böhm, University of Munich, Germany

Program Committee Co-Chairpersons:

  • Miroslav Bursa, Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Andreas Holzinger, Medical University Graz, Austria
  • Sami Khuri, San José State University, USA
  • M. Elena Renda, IIT - CNR, Pisa, Italy

Program Committee:

Werner Aigner, FAW
Tatsuya Akutsu, Kyoto University, Japan
Andreas Albrecht, Queen's University Belfast
Peter Baumann, Jacobs University Bremen
Veselka Boeva, Technical University of Plovdiv
Roberta Bosotti, Nerviano Medical Science s.r.l.
Miroslav Bursa, Czech Technical University
Christian Böhm, University of Munich
Rita Casadio, University of Bologna
Sònia Casillas, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Kun-Mao Chao, National Taiwan University
Vaclav Chudacek, Czech Technical University in Prague
Hans-Dieter Ehrich, Technical University of Braunschweig
Christoph M. Friedrich, University of Applied Sciences Dortmund
Alejandro Giorgetti, University of Verona
Jan Havlik, Dep. of Circuit Theory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
Volker Heun, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Larisa Ismailova, NRNU MEPhI, Moscow
Alastair Kerr, University of Edinburgh
Sami Khuri, San Jose State University
Michal Krátký, Technical University of Ostrava
Vaclav Kremen, Czech Technical University in Prague
Jakub Kuzilek, Czech Technical University
Gorka Lasso, CICbioGUNE
Lenka Lhotska, Czech Technical University
Roger Marshall, Plymouth State University
Elio Masciari, ICAR-CNR, Università della Calabria
Erika Melissari, University of Pisa
Henning Mersch, RWTH Aachen University
Jean-Christophe Nebel, Kingston University
Vit Novacek, National University of Ireland, Galway
Cinzia Pizzi, Universita' degli Studi di Padova
Clara Pizzuti, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR)-National Research Council(CNR)
Nicole Radde, Universität Stuttgart
Maria Elena Renda, CNR-IIT
Stefano Rovetta, University of Genova
Huseyin Seker, De Montfort University
Jiri Spilka, Czech Technical University in Prague
Kathleen Steinhofel, King's College London
Karla Stepanova, Czech Technical University
Roland R. Wagner, University of Linz
Viacheslav Wolfengagen, Institute JurInfoR-MSU
Borys Wrobel, Polish Academy of Sciences
Filip Zavoral, Charles University in Prague
Songmao Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Qiang Zhu, The University of Michigan