Call for Papers and Posters

The International Symposium
on Languages in Biology and Medicine

in conjunction with
The 4th Korea-Singapore Joint Workshop on Bioinformatics and NLP

November 24 - 26, 2005
Creative Learning Building, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea

* * * Submission deadline: October 26, 2005 * * *

We are recently witnessing a surge of interests in the use of natural language processing techniques for biology and medicine, the most notable ones coined together as ¡°literature mining in biomedicine¡±. These interests have also been hosted by a number of international meetings, such as a dedicated series of sessions at PSB, SIG meetings at ISMB, satellite workshops and special sessions at ACL and COLING, and the symposium on semantic mining in biomedicine. The list certainly keeps expanding, properly reflecting the increasing demand for the NLP techniques in biology and medicine. However, we find that the present directions for the use of NLP techniques need further diversification, so that the pressing issues in biology and medicine receive more lateral and creative treatments. For this purpose, we believe that it is vital to bring out the synergistic interactions to the full among the conference participants with different methodological backgrounds for various languages in biology and medicine.

In an answer to this need, we announce the international symposium on Languages in Biology and Medicine, to be held in conjunction with the 4th Korea-Singapore joint workshop on bioinformatics and NLP at KAIST in South Korea from the 24th to the 26th of November, 2005 To provide a common ground for interaction among the participants, the symposium will focus on the languages that are in active use for biology and medicine, including not only natural language but also sequence language, database language, ontology language, logic language, and visualization language. It is not that these languages received inadequate exposure; to the contrary, the sequence language, or "the language of genes" has for example received quite an attention by the "grammar" community from the perspective of language modeling of biological data. It is just that perhaps in part due to the overemphasis on the "mining" aspect of the research, and in part due to the complexity issues and the consequent loss of directionality, the possibility of achieving synergistic interactions across methodological disciplines and across different languages is not yet sought for.

We are calling for original research papers on the following topics in biology and medicine, and on synergistic interactions across methodological disciplines and across different topics:

In addition to on-line conference proceedings, we plan to host selected papers from the symposium at a journal, the candidates for which will be announced at the symposium.

Submission of Papers

All submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Postscript (.ps), or MS Word (.doc) format. Style files in ACL format for LaTeX and MS Word are available. The page limit for regular papers is 4 pages for oral presentation and 2 pages for poster presentation. The paper submission is available at Papers must be submitted no later than October 26, 2005.

Important Dates

Paper/Poster submission due:  October 26, 2005
Notification of acceptance:         November 3, 2005
Camera ready version due:       November 15, 2005
LBM 2005 Conference:              November 24-26, 2005

General Chairs

Jong C. Park, KAIST, South Korea
Limsoon Wong, NUS & I2R, Singapore

Programme Committee

Vladimir Bajic, South African National Bioinformatics Institute & I2R, Singapore
Sunghee Choi, KAIST, South Korea
Nigel Collier, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Udo Hahn, Jena University, Germany
Su Jian, I2R, Singapore
Satoshi Kobayashi, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Gary Geunbae Lee, POSTECH, South Korea
Kong Joo Lee, CNU, South Korea
See-Kiong Ng, NTU & I2R, Singapore
Jinah Park, ICU, South Korea
Alfonso Valencia, CNB-CSIC, Spain
Gwan-Su Yi, ICU, South Korea

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