mercoledì 4 ottobre 2017

Asking for feedback about our proceedings and special issue

This year proceedings will be as usual in CEUR. But for next year, and for this year's special issue, we would like to ask for some feedback. Admittedly, this is an area where we can improve a lot!
Please help us by filling this small poll!

martedì 3 ottobre 2017

Registrations are open!

Registrations to SWAT4LS are open:
Early registrations (before October 25th) are eligible for a 20% discount.

venerdì 22 settembre 2017

Recognising the SWAT4(HC)LS Programme Committee

Recognising our SWAT4(HC)LS 2017 Programme Committee

The work of programme committee is often hidden, but it is thanks to the people that participate in it that SWAT4LS can take place.
As the deadline for submissions for this year is approaching, we thought it was a good time to list and acknowledge once more all the people that have committed in reviewing the papers and the ultimately the program of our event.

  • Adrian Paschke, Freie Universität Berlin, DE
  • Alasdair Gray, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Albert Burger, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, University of Oxford, UK
  • Andra Waagmeester, Micelio, BE
  • Andrea Splendiani, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, CH
  • Annette Ten Teije, VU University Amsterdam, NL
  • Atsuko Yamaguchi, Database Center for Life Science, JP
  • Christopher Baker, UNB Saint John, CA
  • Clement Jonquet, University of Montpellier - LIRMM, FR
  • David Booth, HP Software, US
  • Dean Allemang, Working Ontologist LLC, US
  • Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, IE
  • Erick Antezana, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU),NO
  • Ernesto Jimenez-Ruiz, University of Oslo, NO
  • Francesco Strozzi Enterome, FR
  • Helena Deus, Elsevier, US
  • Hilmar Lapp, NESCent ordinary, US
  • Holger Stenzhorn, Chair of Methods in Medical Informatics at the University of Tübingen, DE
  • James Malone, FactBio Ltd, UK
  • Jerven Bolleman, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CH
  • Jesualdo Tomás Fernández-Breis , Departamento de Informatica y Sistemas. Universidad del Murcia, ES
  • Jin-Dong, Database Center for Life Science, JP
  • Jonas Almeida, Stony Brook University (SUNY), US
  • Katy Wolstencroft, Leiden University, NL
  • Kenneth McLeod, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Kerstin Forsberg, AstraZeneca R&D, SE
  • Luca Toldo, SAP SE, DE
  • Marco Roos, Leiden University Medical Centre, NL
  • Martin Boeker, Medical Center - University of Freiburg, DE
  • Matthias Samwald, Medical University of Vienna, AT
  • Melanie Courtot, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK
  • Melissa Haendel, Oregon Health and Science University, US
  • M. Scott Marshall, Netherlands Cancer Institute, NL
  • Naouel Karam, Freie Universität Berlin, DE
  • Núria Queralt-Rosinach, The Scripps Research Institute, US
  • Olivier Bodenreider, US National Library of Medicine, US
  • Olivier Dameron, University of Rennes 1, FR
  • Paolo Romano, Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, IT
  • Paul Groth, Elsevier Labs, NL
  • Peter Robinson, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine,US
  • Phillip Lord, Newcastle University, UK
  • Raoul J.P. Bonnal, Fondazione INGM, IT
  • Ratnesh Sahay, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, IE
  • Robert Hoehndorf, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, SA
  • Robert Stevens, University of Manchester, UK
  • Simon Jupp, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
  • Stefan Schulz, Medical University of Graz, AT
  • Toralf Kirsten, LIFE Research Center for Civilization Diseases, and Interdisciplinary Center for Bioinformatics, University of Leipzig, DE
  • Toshiaki Katayama, Database Center for Life Science, JP
  • Trish Whetzel, T2 Labs, US
  • Valentina Presutti CNR, IT
  • Vinay Chaudhri, Independent Researcher, US
  • Yasunori Yamamoto, Database Center for Life Science, JP
  • lunedì 18 settembre 2017

    Evolving our identity (SWAT4HCLS)

    SWAT4LS (Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences) is 10 years old this year, and it has grown from a one day workshop, to a four day conference and hackathon.
    With the growth, also the focus of the conference extended: initially focused on bioinformatics, it is now embracing Life Sciences and Healthcare at large.
    To account for this, we are thinking about changing our name, possibly to SWAT4HCLS (Semantic Web Applications and Tools in Healthcare and Life Sciences).
    Any other suggestion? Please comment here (or send to

    lunedì 26 giugno 2017

    SWAT4LS 2017 CfP is out

    Call for Papers for SWAT4HCLS 2017

    International Conference on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life
    Sciences (SWAT4HCLS) 2017,
    Rome, IT,  4-7th December 2017

    Key dates extended:
    Abstract and paper submission opens: July 28
    EOI for tutorials:                                    Sept. 8
    Paper abstract:                                      Sept. 22
    Poster abstract and paper submission: Oct. 6
    Notification of acceptance:                     Nov. 3

    Monday, Dec. 4:       Tutorials
    Tuesday, Dec. 5:      Main Conference, Evening: Conference dinner
    Wednesday, Dec. 6: Main Conference
    Thursday, Dec. 7:     Hackathon

    Confirmed Keynotes:
    Carole Goble
    (more to be confirmed)

    The 2017 SWAT4LS international conference will provide the same open and vibrant environment that has previously brought together researchers, developers, and users, from many fields to discuss goals, current limits and real experiences in the use of Semantic Web technologies in health care and the life sciences. The next SWAT4LS will be held in Rome, IT, 4-7th December 2016.
    SWAT4LS 2016 will be a tutorials day (4th), main conference (5th and 6th), and a Hackathon day (7th). Tutorials, conference and hackathon will be held at the CNR headquarters and other nearby venues.  

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to Semantic Web technologies in the following areas:

    - Tools for the management and analysis of semantic data in the life sciences, medicine and health care
    - The description, integration,  analysis and use of data in pursuit of challenges in the life sciences, medicine and health
    - Semantically enabled tools for the life sciences, medicine and health
    - Knowledge representation for biomedical knowledge bases
    - Harnessing biomedical ontologies and terminologies with medical standards for information exchange
    - Electronic Health Records (EHRs), patient data  and clinical trial data
    - Enabling translational medicine and personalized medicine
    - Semantic scientific publishing in the life sciences, medicine and health
    - Rule based systems exploiting semantics
    - NLP and text mining using semantic technologies
    - Emerging technologies in Semantic Web, e.g. JSON-LD, graph databases
    - Machine learning based solutions leveraging ontologies and semantic technologies
    - Empirical studies and evaluation of Semantic Web tools and applications in the life sciences
    - Related standards such as CDISC, HL7 and LOINC used with semantic technology
    - Ethical issues and data governance in healthcare and medical data on Semantic Web
    - Future directions for Semantic Web technologies in the life sciences

    Types of submission

    The following types of submissions for SWAT4LS 2016 are sought:

    Long papers:
    Research papers – Original research on a topic of interest to the SWAT4LS audience.
    Software papers – New applications and tool descriptions addressing a topic of interest to the SWAT4LS audience.
    Short papers:
    Position papers, application notes, discovery notes or a short version of a long paper topic. using Semantic Web applications and tools.
    Tutorials – Presenting teaching and learning material on a topic of interest for the SWAT4LS audience.
    Software demos – Present software and tools in action.
    Posters - An opportunity to present work in the area informally centred on a poster.
    Industry – Abstract only required, describing industrial applications or research

    Authors of accepted paper contributions to SWAT4LS 2017 will be invited to submit to a journal special issue.

    All submissions will be handled via the EasyChair submission system


    All papers and posters must be in English and submitted in pdf using the LNCS format
    Submissions for long papers must be a maximum of ten pages.
    Submissions for short papers must be a maximum of five pages.
    Submissions for posters abstract only required up to a maximum of two pages.
    Submissions for software demo proposals must be a maximum of two pages.


    All submissions will be handled via the EasyChair submission system at the following link:
    Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Program Committee.

    Organization Committee

    Andrea Splendiani (Novartis NIBR, CH)
    M Scott Marshall (Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands)
    Adrian Paschke (Freie Universität Berlin and Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany)
    Albert Burger (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
    Paolo Romano (IST National Cancer Research Institute, Italy)

    Valentina Presutti (ISTC CNR, Italy)