Call for Papers: JIST 2018 Special Session on Semantic Web for Life Sciences


The massive, high-quality life sciences databases present a significant analytical challenge due to their complexity and heterogeneous nature. The lack of well- defined standards of formats makes it tedious for bioinformaticians and other researchers alike to obtain data before they can conduct analysis and visual- isation. Semantic Web technologies can contribute to discovering knowledge such as drug discovery and protein pathway prediction, which would be a huge contribution to the biology community. This special track focuses on applying Semantic Web technologies to life sciences data, such as knowledge representa- tion, data integration, and knowledge discovery, and reasoning, etc.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Schema Modelling for Bioinformatics
  • Knowledge Representation for Bioinformatics
  • Data Integration for Bioinformatics
  • Tools and Applications for Bioinformatics
  • Ontology Mapping, Merging, and Alignment for Biomedical Informatics
  • Visualisation of Biomedical Data
  • Knowledge Discovery from Life Science Data
  • Semantic Web for Health Care
  • Reasoning on Life Science Data

Review Criteria

Papers in this session will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Novelty
  • Significance of the research contributions
  • Clarity and quality of presentation

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: 23:59 (Hawaii Time), 3 10 August, 2018 (Extended)
  • Full paper submission: 23:59 (Hawaii Time), 10 17 August, 2018 (Extended)
  • Notification of Acceptance: 14 September, 2018
  • Camera-ready Deadline: 28 September, 2018
  • Conference: 26-28 November, 2018


The papers submitted to special sessions are handled as regular or short papers, which should not be longer than 16 or 8 pages including references, respectively.

Papers can be submitted electronically via EasyChair. Please select the "Semantic Web for Life Sciences" when you submit your paper(s).

Special Session Chairs

  • Hong-Gee Kim
  • Director, Biomedical Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, Seoul National University (SNU BiKE), Korea.

  • Yuan-Fang Li
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia.

  • Lihua Zhao
  • Researcher, Service Intelligence Research Team, Artificial Intelligence Re- search Center,National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Tech- nology (AIST), Japan.

PC members

  • JinHyun Ahn, Assistant Professor, MIS Dept. Jeju National University, Korea.
  • Ali Hasnain, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland.
  • Ryutaro Ichise, Associate Professor, Principles of Informatics Research Division, National Institute of Informatics, Japan.
  • DongHyuk Im, Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering Dept. Hoseo University, Korea.
  • EungHee Kim, Assistant Professor, Software Engineering Dept. Sunmoon University, Korea.
  • Piljong Kim, Senior Researcher, Biomedical Knowledge Engineering Lab, Seoul Na- tional University, Korea.
  • Kertkeidkachorn Natthawut, Researcher, Artificial Intelligence Research Center,National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan.
  • Khai Nguyen, Project Researcher, National Institute of Informatics, Japan.
  • Norio Kobayashi, Head Office for Information Systems and Cybersecurity (ISC), RIKEN, Japan.
  • Dezhao Song, Senior Research Scientist, Thomson Reuters, USA.
  • Honghan Wu, Research Fellow, Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics King’s College London London, UK.
  • Atsuko Yamaguchi, Database Center for Life Science, Japan.



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