BigLS - Big Data in Life Sciences

ACM International Workshop on Big Data in Life Sciences

In conjunction with the ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Seattle, WA

Travel grants for students and postdoctoral researchers from US academic institutions!

Call for Papers

The ever-growing volume and diversity of biological and biomedical data collections continues to pose new challenges and increasing demands on computing and data management. The inherent complexity of this Big Data forces us to rethink how we collect, store, combine and analyze it.

BigLS is a workshop series dedicated to the broad theme of Big Data in life sciences. The goal of the workshop is to bring together leading researchers and practitioners working on a diverse range of Big Data problems relating to biology and medicine, and engage them in a discussion about current Big Data problems, the state of computational tools and analytics, the challenges and the future trends within life sciences.

The workshop focus is on, but is not limited to, the following broad themes:

Cross-topic papers focusing on techniques for heterogeneous medical data, translational research big data and P4 medicine are especially welcome!

In addition to regular papers catering to the above spectrum of topics, we also invite "position papers" to highlight some of the grand challenge scientific problems from a biological standpoint, existing or emerging, that require Big Data analytics, along with related challenges and advances.

The workshop is devoted to promoting the highest standards in research and education. As a part of this mission, BigLS features keynote thematic presentations by recognized leaders and luminaries who significantly advanced the domain. This year, the workshop will feature a keynote address by Nathan Price, Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Systems Biology. The workshop hosts also an educational session where students can interact with established researchers and principal investigators.

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Travel grants

Thanks to the generous support from the NSF, the BigLS workshop will offer the travel grants for students and postdoctoral researchers from US academic institutions. These awards are independent from the main ACM BCB conference grants, and candidates can apply only for one of them. In order to apply candidates should submit before August 5, 2016 the following materials to Dr. Jaroslaw Zola <> (priority will be given to females and under-represented minorities):

  1. A statement letter from the applicant, that includes i) a brief summary of research area and achievements, ii) explains how applicant will benefit from the BigLS workshop. Candidates should demonstrate interest in Big Data problems related to life sciences.
  2. A supporting letter from the applicant's supervisor/advisor, including confirmation that the student is in good academic standing, confirmation how the BigLS scope is relevant to his/her research, and how applicant will cover potential expenses not covered by the award (e.g. per diem).
  3. Title of a paper/poster accepted for presentation at BigLS (if any).

At the minimum the award is expected to cover the entire ACM BCB conference registration and hotel lodging (two nights for the duration of the workshop). Based on funding availability, additional support will be provided to cover parts or whole of the airfare and lodging expenses for the remaining duration of the conference. All questions regarding the BigLS travel awards should be directed to Dr. Jaroslaw Zola. To avoid miscommunication (e.g. email being flagged as spam) please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Zola again if you get no confirmation of your application within one day.

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Submission Guidelines

Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 10 pages in the ACM template on 8.5x11in paper. All submissions will be evaluated based on their originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and interest to the workshop attendees. All accepted papers of registered authors will be included in the ACM BCB proceedings published by the ACM Digital Library. Author resources can be found on the ACM BCB web page. To submit you paper please use this link:

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Important Dates

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Workshop Co-chairs

Program Committee

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BigLS Archive

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