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              14th International Workshop (Special Track) on 
    Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges for Computer Science (BBC)
                        https://bbc2021.wordpress.com/  

                   held in conjunction with 
     INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE (ICCS 2021)
                              Krakow, Poland
                             16-18 June, 2021
                   https://www.iccs-meeting.org/iccs2021/
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                EXTENDED DEADLINE: 12 FEBRUARY, 2021
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                     * * * CALL FOR PAPERS * * *
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Emerging technologies in genomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics and other life science areas are generating an increasing amount of complex data and information. 
Traditionally, bioinformatics has been focused on the design of methods and technologies facilitating the acquisition, storage, organization, archiving, analysis and visualization of biological and medical data. 
However, recent changes related to the emerging technologies have made the role of computer science (both theoretical and applied aspects) much more critical in all the bioinformatics research directions.

Computational biology, on the other hand, has emphasized mathematical and computational techniques facilitating the modelling and simulation of biomedical processes and systems.

In recent years the distinction between these two fields has become increasingly blurred. In order to tackle the growing complexity associated with emerging and future life science challenges, bioinformatics and computational biology researchers and developers need to explore, develop and apply novel computational concepts, methods, tools and systems.

Many of these new approaches are likely to involve advanced and large-scale computing techniques, computational approaches, technologies and infrastructures such as:

High-performance architectures and systems (e.g. multicore, GPU);
Distributed computing (e.g. grid, cloud, peer-to-peer, Web services, e-infrastructures);
Computational simulation (mechanistic, stochastic, multi-model);
Algorithms (theoretical and experimental aspects);
Applied bioinformatics (analysis pipelines, tools, applications);
Artificial and computational intelligence (machine learning, agents, evolutionary techniques, bio-inspired methods).
Network-based analysis for epidemics
Data Science for Public Health decision making
Modelling and simulation of virus diffusion
Telemedicine Infrastructures and Sensors for collecting Public Health citizens data

Together, these topics cover the key bioinformatics and computational biology techniques and technologies encountered in modern life science environments:

Advanced computing architectures/infrastructures
Algorithm design
Data/information management and integration 
Data/information analysis and knowledge discovery
Integration of quantitative/symbolic knowledge into executable biomedical “theories” or models.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together computer and life scientists to discuss emerging and future directions in these areas.


TOPICS OF INTEREST 
The workshop is seeking original research papers presenting applications of parallel and high performance computing to biology and medicine. 
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

High-performance architectures and systems (e.g. multicore, GPU);
Distributed computing (e.g. grid, cloud, peer-to-peer, Web services, e-infrastructures);
Computational simulation (mechanistic, stochastic, multi-model);
Algorithms (theoretical and experimental aspects);
Applied bioinformatics (analysis pipelines, tools, applications);
Artificial and computational intelligence (machine learning, agents, evolutionary techniques, bio-inspired methods).
Network-based analysis for epidemics
Data Science for Public Health decision making
Modelling and simulation of virus diffusion
Telemedicine Infrastructures and Sensors for collecting Public Health citizens data


ICCS 2021 and COVID-19
ICCS 2021 will happen in either fully virtual or hybrid (virtual and in-person) mode.
A hybrid mode will only be considered if the global health conditions allow for a safe conference to take place.
Regardless of the format ICCS eventually operates in, we understand that, realistically, many potential participants may not be able to travel to Krakow in June.
Therefore, in any case, all ICCS participants will have the option to present and attend online.
The decision on the final operating mode of the event will be announced in early 2021.


PROGRAM
The workshop will take place on 16-18 June, 2021 (To Be Announced). The program is not available yet.


PAPER SUBMISSION, REGISTRATION AND PUBLICATION

The manuscripts of up to 14 pages, written in English and formatted according to the Springer LNCS templates, should be submitted electronically via EasyChair. through the ICCS submission system at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iccs2021, by choosing the Thematic Track titled "Biomedical and Bioinformatics Challenges for Computer Science".

Instructions for Authors can be found here: https://www.iccs-meeting.org/iccs2021/call-for-papers/ 

Papers must be based on unpublished original work and must be submitted to ICCS only. 
Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper.

Deadlines for draft paper submission, notification of acceptance, camera-ready paper submission and registration may be found in the Important Dates section.


IMPORTANT DATES
Paper submission: 12 February 2021 (extended)
Notification to authors: 15 March 2021
Camera-ready papers: 5 April 2021
Author registration: 15 March – 5 April 2021
Non-author early registration: 15 March – 23 April 2021
Non-author late registration: from 24 April 2021
Conference sessions: 16-18 June 2021


JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE
After of the workshop, we plan to invite the best papers of the workshop for a special issue of an international journal.


WORKSHOP ORGANIZER
Mario Cannataro, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy
Giuseppe Agapito, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy
Mauro Castelli, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Riccardo Dondi, University of Bergamo, Italy
Rodrigo Weber dos Santos, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Italo Zoppis, University Milano-Bicocca, Italy

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (TO BE CONFIRMED)
Giuseppe, Agapito, University of Catanzaro, Italy
Stefano, Beretta, DISCo University Milano - Bicocca, Italy
Mario, Cannataro, University of Catanzaro, Italy
Barbara, Calabrese, University of Catanzaro, Italy
Mauro, Castelli, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Attila, Csikasz-Nagy, King's College London/Pázmány Péter Catholic University, United Kingdom
Bhaskar, DasGupta, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
Riccardo, Dondi, University of Bergamo, Italy
Ivo, Goncalves, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Pawel, Gorecki, University of Warsaw, Poland
Pietro Hiram, Guzzi, University of Catanzaro, Italy
Marcelo, Lobosco, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Wagner, Meira Jr., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ivan, Merelli, Institute for Biomedical Technologies-National Research Council, Italy
Yuri, Pirola, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Ela, Pustulka-Hunt, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Marinella, Sciortino, University of Palermo, Italy
Martin, Swain, Aberystwyth University, Wales
Leonardo, Trujillo, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, United States
Paolo, Trunfio, University of Calabria, Italy
Pierangelo, Veltri, University of Catanzaro, Italy
Rodrigo, Weber dos Santos, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Italo, Zoppis, University Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Chiara, Zucco, University of Catanzaro, Italy