The 2nd International Workshop on

Quality Assurance and Enrichment of Biological and Biomedical Ontologies and Terminologies

in conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine

San Diego, November 18-21, 2019

--- Submission deadline has been extended to Oct 10. ---
--- Selected articles will be invited to submit an extended version to be published after the review process in a special journal issue of BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. ---
Overview

Ontologies and terminologies provide structured and unambiguous ways of representing domain information in biology and biomedicine. Examples of biological and biomedical ontologies and terminologies include SNOMED CT, Gene Ontology, Chemical Entities of Biological Interest, Foundational Model of Anatomy, and Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes. They have served as knowledge sources for a wide range of biomedical applications including data integration and exchange, natural language processing, and decision support and reasoning.

These ontologies and terminologies tend to be large and regularly maintained through revisions and modifications in their lifecycle which may result in ambiguity, redundancy and modeling inconsistencies. As such, quality assurance and enrichment of these ontologies and terminologies become important as they impact all the downstream applications that rely on them, and they may be used in applications that can affect patient-care such as in electronic health records and in clinical decision support systems.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together data analysts and researchers in the field of Bioinformatics, Biomedicine and Healthcare Informatics to discuss the role, importance, approaches and methods for quality assurance and enrichment of biological and biomedical ontologies and terminologies.

Scope
The topics of this workshop include but are not limited to the following:
  • Methodologies for efficient and effective quality assurance of ontologies and terminologies
  • Algorithms for identifying errors or problematic areas within the ontologies and terminologies
  • Development and enrichment of ontologies and terminologies
  • Methods and/or tools to evaluate the quality of ontologies and terminologies
  • Review of existing methods of quality assurance of ontologies and terminologies
  • Assessment and/or usage of ontologies and terminologies in clinical trials
  • Leveraging machine learning and natural language processing in quality assurance of ontologies and terminologies
  • Applications that can assist in the quality assurance of ontologies and terminologies such as utilizing crowdsourcing methods or using visualization
  • Methods and/or tools to improve the quality of ontology matching or alignment
Timeline
  • Oct 10, 2019: Due date for workshop paper submission
  • Oct 20, 2019: Notification of paper acceptance to authors
  • Nov 1, 2019: Camera-ready copies of accepted papers
  • Nov 18-21, 2019: Workshop
Committee
Organizing Committee
  1. Ankur Agrawal, Manhattan College
  2. Licong Cui, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Program Committee
  1. Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine
  2. James Geller, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  3. Huanying (Helen) Gu, New York Institute of Technology
  4. Zhe He, Florida State University
  5. Paul Morrey, Utah Valley University
  6. Yehoshua Perl, New York Institute of Technology
  7. Cui Tao, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  8. Duo Wei, Stockton University
  9. GQ Zhang, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  10. Ling Zheng, Monmouth University
Submission
Please submit a full-length paper (upto 8 pages IEEE 2-column format) through the online submission system for Workshops available at https://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2019/bibm19/scripts/submit.php?subarea=S07&undisplay_detail=1&wh=/cyberchair/2019/bibm19/scripts/ws_submit.php.
You can download the format instructions at http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html.
Electronic submissions in PDF are required. Selected participants will be asked to submit their revised papers in a format to be specified at the time of acceptance.
Review Process
All papers will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Reviewers will include the program committee members (experts from the field) as well as the contributing authors.
Registration
At least one author of an accepted paper needs to register in order to have the paper published in the proceedings. Registration information is available at http://ieeebibm.org/BIBM2019/index.html
Special Issue
Selected articles will be invited to submit an extended version to be published after the review process in a special journal issue of BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. The cost per article will be approximately $1605 to be payable by the authors of the paper directly to the publisher.
Contact
Ankur Agrawal (ankur at manhattan dot edu)