giovedì 7 giugno 2018

Updates from the SWAT4(HC)LS program: third keynotes confirmed and our Programme Committee.

We are happy to announce that we have confirmed our third keynote for this edition of SWAT4LS. Medha Devare will provide a keynote on "Spinning a Semantic Web for Agriculture". You can read more on her background on the SWAT4(HC)LS site.

We are also happy to announce the Programme Committee for 2018:

Andra Waagmeester Micelio, Belgium
M.Scott Marshall Netherlands Cancer Institute, Netherlands
Andrea Splendiani Novartis, Switzerland    
Naouel Karam Fraunhofer Institute, Germany    
Maxat Kulmanov KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran University of Oxford, UK  
Arash Shaban-Nejad University of California, Berkeley  
Luca Toldo SAP, SE    
Hilmar Lapp NESCent, USA    
Adrian Paschke Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  
Clement Jonquet University of Montpellier, France
Holger Stenzhorn University of Tubingen, Germany  
N˙ria Queralt GRIB/IMIM/UPF, Spain
Olivier Dameron Université de Rennes, France  
Peter Robinson The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, USA
Erick Antezana Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Jesualdo Tom·s Departamento de Informatica y Sistemas Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Albert Burger MRC Human Genetics Unit, UK  
Yasunori Yamamoto Database Center for Life Science, Japan
Atsuko Yamaguchi Database Center for Life Science, Japan
Robert Hoehndorf KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Matthias Samwald Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Katy Wolstencroft LeidenUniversity, Netherlands
Phillip Lord Newcastle University, UK
Melanie Courtot European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Paolo Romano Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Italy  
Adrien Coulet INRIA, France
Ernesto Jimenez-Ruiz The Alan Turing Institute, UK  
Jon Hael Brenas University of Tennessee Health Science, USA
Crawford Revie University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
Satya Sahoo Case Western Reserve University, USA  
Jin-Dong Kim Database Center for Life Science, Japan
Olivier Bodenreider US National Library of Medicine
Alasdair Gray Heriot-Watt University, UK    
Paul Groth Elsevier Labs    
Toralf Kirsten Interdisciplinary Center for Bioinformatics Leipzig, Germany
Michel Dumontier Maastricht University, Belgium
Toshiaki Katayama Database Center for Life Science, Japan
Jerven Bolleman Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland  
Matthew Lange University of California, Davis, USA
Pierre Larmande INRIA, France

giovedì 3 maggio 2018

The SWAT4HCLS 2018 CfP is out

11th International Conference on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life Sciences,
3-6th December 2018, Antwerp, Belgium
For over a decade SWAT4HCLS international conference has provided an open and vibrant scientific environment bringing together researchers, developers, and users, from many fields to discuss new target, current limitations and real experiences in the use of semantic and web technologies in health care and the life sciences. The 2018 event will follow a similar format as in previous years and welcomes exciting new topics into the program in a series of thematic sessions.
Key dates
Abstract and paper submission opens: May 1st
EOI for tutorials: June 1st
Full paper abstract registration July 30th
Full paper submission:             September 3th
Poster submissions: October 8th
Notification of acceptance: October 1th

Monday, December 3: Tutorials
Tuesday, December 4: Main Conference, Evening: Conference dinner
Wednesday, December 5: Main Conference
Thursday, December 6: Hackathon

Confirmed Keynotes
Philip E. Bourne, University of Virginia, United States of America
Dean Allemang, Working Ontologist, LLC, United States of America

Tutorials, conference and hackathon will be held in Antwerp, Belgium. The venue will be at Elzenveld, a historic building that previously has served as hospital and monastery.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to Semantic Web technologies designed for, and applied, in Healthcare and the Life Sciences.
- Knowledge representation in life sciences, medicine and healthcare and agriculture.
- Semantic approaches to data repurposing in healthcare and patient generated data
- Biomedical ontologies, rules and medical standards for information exchange and interoperability.
- Clinical Intelligence from Electronic Health Records (EHRs), patient data  and clinical trial data
- Use of semantics to enable translational medicine, personalized medicine and precision agriculture.
- Application and impact of data standards applied in clinical practice, public health and agribusiness
- Semantic scientific publishing in the life sciences, medicine and healthcare, public health
- Open Data Integration and Interoperability.
- NLP and text mining using semantic technologies.
- Methods and standards to improve discoverability and reusability of data repositories
- Deep learning and semantic technologies.
- Semantic Querying, Data validation languages, Knowledge Graphs, Rule-based systems.
- Semantic workflow technologies and semantic web services applied in life sciences.
- Infrastructures supporting provenance, traceability, trust and reproducibility.
- Empirical studies and evaluation of Semantic Web tools and applications in the life science domains.
- Ethical issues, privacy and data governance in healthcare, agri, and medical data in Semantic Web.
- Future directions for Semantic Web technologies in the life sciences and interdisciplinary fields. including water science, agro science, and veterinary science, drug repositioning.
- Studies focussing on the adoption of Semantic Technologies by knowledge workers in life sciences.
- Harnessing linked data for Research Assessment/Monitoring and Evaluation
- Novel approaches to utilizing existing biomedical data without sharing it, e.g. bring the analysis to the data

In addition, we invite submissions for inclusion in thematic sessions on Open Data, Agri-Semantis, Public Health Surveillance and Secondary Use of Healthcare Data.

Types of submission
The following types of submissions for SWAT4HCLS 2017 are invited:
Long papers:
  • Research papers - Original research on a topic of interest to the SWAT4HCLS audience.
  • In-use  papers - New applications and tool descriptions addressing a topic of interest to the SWAT4HCLS audience.
Short papers:
  • Position papers, application notes, discovery notes,. using Semantic Web applications and tools.
  • Software demos – Present software and tools in action.

Industry Opportunities
  • Industry Application Abstract: Abstract only required, describing industrial applications or research. (Semantic Publishers, Pharma, Healthcare, Agribusiness)
  • Data Challenge Showcase Abstract: Are you planning a Data Challenge and want to reach out to expert participants. Submit an abstract with details of your target goals, timeline and prizes.
  • Open Innovation Abstract: Are you an life science company that with more data than you can analyse and want experts to help find new insights.  Submit an abstract with details of your target goals, license agreements, timeline, publication policy.
  • Business Model Abstract: Business models that leverage semantically rich data (e.g. publishing companies, for-profit data providers)  

  • Authors of accepted paper contributions to SWAT4HCLS 2018 will be invited to submit to a journal special issue.
All submissions will be handled via the EasyChair submission system at .
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 must be a maximum of two pages.
Submissions of industry abstracts  must be a maximum of two pages.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Program Committee.

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