Sunday, 13 September 2015

Call for Papers WCCI 2016 Special Session: "Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics (CIB)"


Bioinformatics, computational biology, and bioengineering present a number of complex problems with large search spaces. Recent applications of Computational Intelligence (CI) in this area suggest that they are well-suited to this area of research. This special session will highlight applications of CI to a broad range of topics. Particular interest will be directed towards novel applications of CI approaches to problems in these areas. The scope of this special session includes evolutionary computation, neural computation, fuzzy systems, artificial immune systems, swarm intelligence, ant-colony optimization, simulated annealing, and other CI methods or hybridizations between CI approaches. Applications of these CI methods to bioinformatics, computational biology, and bioengineering problems are the main focus of this hybrid special session. There is a clear interest in both the Computational Intelligence community and Biology communities for this special session. This hybrid special session is sponsored by the IEEE CIS BBTC (Computational Intelligence Society - Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Technical Committee).

Main Topics:

Analysis and visualization of large biological data sets, biological and medical ontologies, biomedical data modelling and mining, biomedical model parameterization, brain computer interface, computational proteomics, systems biology, ecoinformatics and applications to ecological data analysis, emergent properties in complex biological systems, gene expression array analysis, gene finding, genetic networks, high-throughput data analysis, immuno- and chemo-informatics, in-silico optimization of biological systems, medical image analysis, medical imaging and pattern recognition, medicine and health informatics, metabolic pathway analysis, microarray design or oligonucleotide selection, modelling, simulation and optimization of biological systems, molecular docking and drug design, molecular evolution and phylogenetics, molecular sequence alignment and analysis, motif and signal detection, robustness and evolvability of biological networks, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, structure prediction and folding, systems and synthetic biology, and treatment optimization.

Paper submission:

The special session on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics is soliciting high quality papers of original research and application papers that have not been published elsewhere and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the standard format and page limit of regular papers specified in the WCCI 2016 website. All papers will be rigorously reviewed by at least two reviewers. Accepted papers will be treated in the same way as regular papers and published in the WCCI 2016 conference proceedings.

Short Biography of the Organizers:

Vassilis Plagianakos
Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics
University of Thessaly, Greece

Roberto Tagliaferri
Department of Computer Science
University of Salerno, Italy

Short CVs

Vassilis Plagianakos received both his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Patras, Greece. He is currently Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics, University of Thessaly, Greece. His research interests are mainly focused on the areas of neural networks and machine learning, applications in pattern recognition, intelligent decision making, evolutionary and genetic algorithms, parallel and distributed computations, bioinformatics, clustering, intelligent optimization, and real-world problem solving. He has published more than 30 journal and 70 conference papers, and his published work has received more than 700 citations. He serves as a reviewer in numerous journals and conferences. He was a co-organizer of the bioinformatics hybrid special sessions at WCCI 2012 and WCCI 2014. He is an IEEE CIS BBTC member.

Roberto Tagliaferri is full professor in Computer Science at the University of Salerno. He has had courses in Computer Architecture, Artificial and Computational Intelligence, and Bioinformatics for computer scientists and biologists. He has been co-organizer of international workshops, special sessions and schools on Neural Nets, Computational Intelligence and Bioinformatics and co-editor of 18 books and of 5 Special Issues on International Journals. His research activity has been oriented to Computational Intelligence models and applications in the areas of Astrophysics, Biomedicine and Bioinformatics. His activity produced more than 150 scientific papers published on international journals or proceedings of international conferences with referee. He is an IEEE CIS BBTC member and Chair of the Italy Chapter of the IEEE CIS. He is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics and of the BMC journal Source Code for Biology and Medicine.

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