BCB 2013

Call for Papers

ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics (ACM BCB 2013)

September 22-25, 2013, Washington D.C., USA

The ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics (ACM BCB) is the flagship conference of the ACM SIGBCB. This is the conference’s fourth year, building upon the success of the first three meetings in Niagara Falls, Chicago, and Orlando.

ACM BCB 2013 will be held in Washington D.C. from September 22-25, 2013. The conference offers a forum for premier interdisciplinary research linking computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology, bioinformatics, and biomedical informatics. The past two decades have led to a tremendous growth in the size and dimensionality of biological and biomedical data. This conference serves to showcase leading-edge research in processing, modeling and analyzing these datasets for a variety of applications.

ACM BCB 2013 welcomes original submissions that have not been published and that are not under review by another conference or journal. Examples of relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Genomics and Evolution
  • Protein and RNA Structure, Protein Function, and Proteomics
  • Computational Systems Biology
  • Next Generation Sequencing Data
  • Medical Informatics and Translational Bioinformatics
  • Cross-Cutting Computational Methods
  • Bioinformatics Infrastructure
  • Immunoinformatics and Computational Immunology
  • Computational Epidemiology
  • Biomedical Image Analysis
  • Knowledge Representation and Inference
  • Integration of Biomedical Data
  • Databases, Knowledgebases & Ontologies
  • Text Mining and Natural Language Processing

Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 10 pages in ACM template on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (see ACM templates). All the manuscripts should be submitted at All submissions will be evaluated on their originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and interest to the conference attendees. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the work associated with the paper submitted. All submitted papers will be reviewed by ACM-BCB’s technical program committee. All accepted papers of registered authors will be included in the proceedings published by ACM digital libraries. The authors of selected papers will be invited to adapt their papers for being published in a special issue of IEEE Transaction on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB). All accepted papers will be required to submit an online ACM Copyright Form. Details for electronic submission will be found on the conference web portal at

Contributed papers will be assigned to one of the following tracks for review: Systems Biology; Sequencing and Sequence Analysis Methods; Functional Genomics; Gene Regulation and Transcription; Protein and RNA Structure; Biomedical Informatics; Data and Knowledge Bases, Text Mining, and Ontologies; Bioimage Analysis; Evolution, Population, and Comparative Genomics. The names of area chairs of these tracks can be found at In addition to these tracks, submissions in any area related to the main conference topics are welcomed even if they do not fit cleanly into one of them.

In addition to regular research presentations, the 2013 ACM-BCB will feature the talks given by the following three keynote speakers:
* Isaac Kohane, MD, Ph.D., Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology, Chair, Informatics Program, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.
* Ruth Nussinov, Ph.D., Head, Computational Structural Biology Group, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD.
* Steven Salzberg, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Medicine, Biostatistics, and Computer Science, Director, Center for Computational Biology, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Important Dates

Paper submission: May 15, 2013
Notifications sent to authors: July 15, 2013
Camera-ready papers due: August 1, 2013
Conference: September 22-25, 2013


General Chair

Sridhar Hannenhalli, University of Maryland
Cathy Wu, University of Delaware and Georgetown University

Program Co-chairs

Srinivas Aluru, Iowa State University
Donna Slonim, Tufts University

Workshop Chair

Umit Catalyurek, Ohio State University

Publicity Chair

Jianlin Cheng, University of Missouri, Columbia

Local Arrangement Chairs

Amarda Shehu, George Mason University
Liliana Florea, Johns Hopkins University

Tutorial Chair

Clare Bates Congdon, University of Southern Maine
Vasant Honavar, Iowa State University

Steering Committee

Aidong Zhang, State University of New York at Buffalo, Chair Vasant Honavar, Iowa State University, Conference Director

Registration Chair

Preetam Ghosh, Virginia Commonwealth University

Proceedings Chair

Jing Gao, State University of New York at Buffalo

Industry Chair

Anastasia Christianson, AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical

Panel Chair

Iosif Vaisman, George Mason University

Exhibit / System Demo Chair

Nathan Edwards, Georgetown University