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4th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies 2013 (ICBO2013)

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec on July 7 - 9 2013

The conference aim is to foster discussion, exchange, and innovation in research and development in the areas Biomedical Ontology. Researchers and professionals from biology, medicine, computer science and engineering are invited to share their knowledge and experience. The event is part of the Semantic Trilogy 2013 featuring:

  • International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2013)
  • Canadian Semantic Web Symposium (CSWS 2013)
  • Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS 2013)

Ontologies for biomedical research and clinical applications
Reports on ontologies for, and their application in high throughput omics data and systems biology, toxicology and environmental health, disorders, diseases, phenotypes and physiology, genetic variation and pharmacogenomics, translational research and personalized medicine, public health and electronic health care are invited.

Foundations and methodology
Papers on foundational and methodological issues pertaining to biomedical ontology are invited. Eligible topics are, though not limited to, the following; knowledge representation and reasoning, philosophical foundations of ontology, upper-level ontologies, topics in ontology engineering including design and life cycle, methodologies for knowledge elicitation and capture, ontology-oriented text mining techniques, ontology modularity, mapping, merging, and alignment of ontologies, and ontology evaluation.

Biomedical ontologies and the Semantic Web
Research on formal representation of biomedical knowledge using RDF and OWL, identifiers, mappings & normalization, biomedical research using linked data, integration strategies using the linked open data cloud, visualization and manipulation of ontology, federation of online resources, workflows and semantic web services for biomedical knowledge discovery.

Social aspects of biomedical ontologies
Perspectives from biomedical ontologists on community standards, adoption, and proliferation of semantics, use of semantic wikis, bio-curation & crowdsourcing techniques, user engagement and feedback, semantic publishing and provenance, governance, evolution and sustainability.

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