mercoledì 23 novembre 2022

SWAT4HCLS special issue is back!

We are happy to announce that in 2023 we are re-introducing a special issue dedicated to selected papers from the SWAT4HCLS workshop.

This is something many in our community asked for, and we hope that we have found a good solution!

Please follow the current CfP at for more details. 

martedì 22 marzo 2022

SWAT4HCLS 2023 in Basel, in Person

Breaking news!

SWAT4(HC)LS will be next year in Basel, Feb 13-16 2023.

More to come!

venerdì 20 novembre 2020

Announcing... SWAT4(HC)LS 202...1

This may not come as a surprise, as there has been no communication from SWAT during the past year. 

As a matter of fact we had already planned the logistic for the SWAT4HCLS 2020, when the pandemic imposed the first lockdown across the globe. We have been thinking a bit on whether to host a physical event or not and later, as the second wave hit,  whether to host an online event.

At the end uncertainty didn't play well for us, and we have decided that is best to skip one year... and announce directly the 2021 event, that will be hosted on Leiden (NL) in December.

If you miss some SWAT community, we may still hold a 1 day virtual hackathon. If you are interested, please register your availability and ideas here:

mercoledì 30 ottobre 2019

Registrations to SWAT4HCLS 2019 are now open!

We apologies for all delays!

Registrations are open and we will soon publish the list of accepted papers.

giovedì 8 agosto 2019

Updates from SWAT4HCLS

A few updates from SWAT4HCLS:
We have confirmed our first two keynotes:
Denny Vrandecic from Google Research, and Helen Parkinson from EMBL-EBI.
Ronald Cornett is also joining us as scientific chair this year.

venerdì 28 giugno 2019

SWAT4HCLS 2019 CfP is out

CfP: SWAT4LS 2019

12th International Conference on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life Sciences, 9-12th December 2019, Edinburgh, UK

For over a decade SWAT4HCLS has provided a venue where a vibrant and open community of researchers, developers, users and professionals from varied backgrounds have come together to discuss future targets, current limitations and real experiences in the use of semantic and web technologies in healthcare and life sciences.  
We invite submissions for the 2019 editions in all our topics of interest.


Full paper submission: September 9th
Posters and demo submissions: October 7th
Notification of acceptance: October 21st

Monday, December 9th: Tutorials
Tuesday, December 10th: Main Conference, Evening: Conference dinner
Wednesday, December 11th: Main Conference
Thursday, December 12th: Hackathon
Confirmed Keynotes

Tutorials and conference will take place at Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh

Jonas Almedia, General Scientific chair
Chris Baker, Agrisemantics track chair
Andra Waagmaseter, Open Data chair
Albert Burger, local chair, 
Andrea Splandiani, M.Scott Marshall: general chair

Andrea Splendiani, Adrian Paschke, M.Scott Marshall, Paolo Romano: SWAT4HCLS committee.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to Semantic and Web technologies designed for, and applied, in Healthcare and the Life Sciences.

Semantic technologies and their application in healthcare and life sciences
  • Knowledge representation systems in life sciences, medicine, healthcare and agriculture.
  • NLP and text mining using semantic technologies.
  • Methods and standards to improve discoverability and reusability of data repositories
  • 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.
  • Bridging semantics and analytics in the context of healthcare and life sciences
  • Novel approaches to utilizing existing biomedical data without sharing it, e.g. bring the analysis to the data
  • Deep learning and semantic technologies.
  • Computing on knowledge graphs
  • Data curation and cleansing pipelines and approaches

  • New biomedical ontologies
  • Open Data Integration and Interoperability
  • Data repositories, integrated knowledge bases and data catalogues
  • Gold data sets
  • Biomedical ontologies, rules and medical standards for information exchange and interoperability.

Current challenges and experiences
  • Application and impact of data standards applied in clinical practice, public health and agribusiness
  • 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
  • Studies focussing on the adoption of Semantic Technologies by knowledge workers in life sciences
  • Business models for as (semantic) data economy

New applications of semantic technologies
  • Semantic infrastructures for person-centric healthcare data ecosystems
  • Semantic approaches to data repurposing in healthcare and patient generated data
  • Use of semantics to enable translational medicine, personalized medicine and precision agriculture
  • Semantic scientific publishing in the life sciences, medicine and healthcare, public health
  • Clinical Intelligence from Electronic Health Records (EHRs), patient data and clinical trial data
  • Future directions for Semantic Web technologies in the life sciences and interdisciplinary fields. including water science, agro science, and veterinary science, biodivesrity, drug repositioning
  • Harnessing linked data for Research Assessment/Monitoring and Evaluation

Types of submission
The following types of submissions for SWAT4HCLS 2019 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 talks (abstract only required):
  • Industry Application: report on industrial applications or research. (Semantic Publishers, Pharma, Healthcare, Agribusiness)
  • Data Challenge Showcase: 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: 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 Models: Business models that leverage semantically rich data (e.g. publishing companies, for-profit data providers)

Posters and Demos

Accepted workshop papers will be published in CEUR proceedings. We are working on a special issue covering selected SWAT4HCLS works from 2018 and 2019.

Instructions for authors
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.

giovedì 30 maggio 2019

Kickstarting SWAT4(HC)LS 2019 !

Is that time of the year...
Preparations for SWAT4(HC)LS 2019 are well underway.
We have finalised a venue, that will be in Edinburgh, Dec. 9-12 and we have defined the following timeline:
  • Tutorial submissions deadline: June 15th*
  • Paper submissions: September 9th 
  • Poster submission deadline: October 7th
  • Notification of acceptance: October 21st
From now one, expect a steady flow of news as the program develops!

*write at at info  @ if interested