NETTAB2012 International Conference Integrated Bio-Search: Deadline EXTENDED

Nettab 2012 – Integrated Bio Search

Deadline EXTENDED!

Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 November 2012

Como, Italy, EU

Dear all,
this is an update on latest news and an announcement of a deadline extension for the submission of Abstracts for Oral Communications for NETTAB 2012 ( )
The main deadlines for abstracts submission are the following:
July 23, 2012 August 7th 2012: Abstract submission deadline for Oral communications
– September 20, 2012: Abstract submission deadline for the Industrial-Technological Session
– September 30, 2012: Abstract submission deadline for PostersHere follow the latest news on the workshop.Keynote talks (confirmed)
+ Integration and analysis of multi-type high-throughput data for biomolecular knowledge discovery
Erik Bongam-Rudloff, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Uppsala University, Sweden.
+ Semantics based biomedical knowledge search, integration and discovery
Barend Mons, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands, and Netherlands Bioinformatics Center
+ Clinical and genomic data integration in support of biomedical research and clinical practice
Eric Neumann, CTO, PanGenX and CEO, Clinical Semantics TechnologiesTutorials (confirmed)
+ The Taverna Workbench: Integrating and analysing biological and clinical data with computerised workflows
Katy Wolstencroft, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, United KingdomBMC Bioinformatics Supplement
BMC agreed to publish a Supplement of BMC Bioinformatics on next NETTAB 2012 workshop.
A Call for full papers restricted to works presented at NETTAB 2012, both as oral communication and as poster, will be Launched after the workshop.Industrial-Technological Session
A special session will be devoted to Industrial-technological communications.
This session is meant to include presentations about methodological, scientific and technological issues of industrial products and tools that are already available from companies and research groups, as well as about their actual implementation, application domains, and related results.These communications must not convey any commercial message.
Companies interested in some commercial actions may ask for sponsorship opportunities.A summary of the Call for abstracts is presented below.For detailed information, please refer to the web site at
or contact the organization by email at .

We’re looking forward to see you all in Como in November.


NETTAB 2012 on “Integrated Bio-Search”
November 14-16, 2012, Como, Italy


Nettab 2012 – Integrated Bio Search: Call for papers

Nettab 2012 – Integrated Bio Search

Call for papers

Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 November 2012

Como, Italy, EU

The data deluge of the current post-genomic era is providing scientists with potentially very valuable information, but it makes difficult to find and extract from the increasing available high-throughput data those information that are most reliable and most related to the biomedical questions to be answered. Such questions are increasingly complex and they often simultaneously regard many heterogeneous aspects of an organism and of its biomolecular entities. Several of these questions can be addressed only by comprehensively searching different types of data, which generally are distributed in many heterogeneous sources. Usually, scientists manually explore these data using the individual search services and tools available and they then struggle in combining intermediate results in order to find answers to their global questions.
Searching for data upon open and linked data and algorithmic sources has the potential of reshaping the scenario of current bioinformatics applications, going beyond the capabilities of conventional tools, Web services and search engines in solving search problems. Yet, it also presents new technological challenges. Solving data integration problems requires new solutions, including the use of universal URIs, efficient indexing, partial or approximate value matching, rank aggregation, continuous or push-based search, exploratory methods and context-aware paradigms, collaborative and social search and information retrieval approaches.
NETTAB 2012 will be focused on “Integrated Bio-Search”, which includes all aspects that relate to technologies, methods, architectures, systems and applications for searching, retrieving, integrating and analyzing data, information, knowledge, infrastructures, services and tools that are required to answer complex bio-medical-molecular questions.

We are looking for abstracts on all aspects of data integration search in biomedicine. These include methods, algorithms, tools, platforms and applications for syntactic and semantic management, integration, query, retrieval, and mining of biological and clinical data information and knowledge. The following list is not meant to be exclusive of any further topics as stated above

May, 2012: First Announcement and Call for Papers
July 23, 2012: Abstract submission deadline for Oral communications
September 30, 2012: Abstract submission deadline for Posters
October 16, 2012: Early registration deadline

Type of contributions
The following possible contributions are sought:
Oral communications
Software demos

All accepted contributions will be published in the Proceedings of the workshop.

For further information, visit

Nettab2011 – Network Tools and Applications in Biology, 12-14 ottobre 2011, Pavia – Nettab 2011

Ritorna come ogni anno l’importantissima conferenza internazionale Nettab –Network Tools and Applications in Biology, organizzata dal professor Paolo Romano dell’Ist di Genova. Quest’anno si terra’ a Pavia in Lombardia, il 12, 13, 14 ottobre 2011.

Ecco l’annuncio di sottomissione dei contributi.

NETTAB 2011 on
“Clinical Bioinformatics”
October 12-14, 2011
Collegio Ghislieri, Pavia, Italy

NETTAB 2011 is the eleventh in a series of international workshops on Network Tools and Applications in Biology.
These workshops are aimed at presenting and discussing emerging ICT technologies whose adoption in support of biology could be of particular interest.

This year, NETTAB is focused on Clinical Bioinformatics and it is aimed at presenting the methods, tools and infrastructures that are nowadays available.
It will also show some of the most interesting applications in this field.

Invited Speakers
Yves A. Lussier, Institute for Translational Medicine, University of Chicago, USA
Thomas Illig, Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany
Jan-Eric Litton, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Isacc S. Kohane, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Tutorials given by:
Carlo Combi, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI – CNRS, Orsay, France
Marco Masseroli (to be confirmed), Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Amnon Shabo, IBM REserach Lab, Haifa, Israel

Call for Papers
Submitted contributions should address one or more of the following topics:
– Methods and Technologies:
Data warehouse – Natural Language Processing – Data Mining – Ontologies, Interoperability, Standardisation – Search Computing – Decision Support
– Tools:
ICT architectures to support – Clinical research – BioBanks – Software for next generation sequencing – Data management and storage
– Applications:
Risk assessment – Diagnosis – Therapy planning- Drug Design

Type of contributions: Oral communications – Posters – Software demoes
Contributions length:
– oral communications: between 3 and 5 pages
– posters and demoes: no more than 3 pages

· July 15, 2011: Oral communications submission
· September 5, 2011: Posters and demoes submission

Submit your contribution through the EasyChair system at

All contributions submitted to NETTAB 2011 will be invited to a restricted Call for full research papers to be published in a Supplement of BMC Bioinformatics.

You can register to the NETTAB 2011 workshop by using the form at
Early registration ends within September 30, 2011.

Visit the website

Contact the organization by sending an email message to nettab(AT)

Corso di dottorato “Current Challenges in Bioinformatics” (PoliMi & UniPv)

Ho il piacere di segnalare a tutti i lettori di questo blog, e specialmente agli studenti di dottorato d’un corso d’Ingegneria o Scienze Mfn di qualsiasi universita’, un interessantissimo corso dal titolo Current Challenges in Bioinformatics, organizzato dal Politecnico di Milano e dall’Universita’ di Pavia, che si terra’ nei prossimi mesi tra Pavia e Milano.

Il corso, come avrete capito, e’ dedicato alla bioinformatica, coinvolge importanti docenti a livello internazionale, e si divide in 3 parti, ognuna di due giorni:

  • lunedi’ 11, martedi’ 12 lugio 2011al Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica dell’Universita’ di Pavia:

-omics data integration for molecular medicine” di Neil SarkarUniversity of Vermont, Vermont, Usa

  • lunedi’ 12, martedi’ 13 settembre 2011al Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica dell’Universita’ di Pavia:

Advanced methods for data analysis and predictive models for Genome Wide Association Studies” di Paola SebastianiBoston University, Boston, Massachusetts, Usa

  • lunedi’ 17 ottobre 2011 al Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione del Politecnico di Milano

Bioinformatics for personalized medicine and current challenges in the protein universe” di Alfonso ValenciaSpanish National Cancer Research Center, Spagna, Unione Europea

Course Description:

The course provides an overview of the main current problems, methods and experiences in some fundamental areas of bioinformatics, including: integration of -omics data for molecular medicine, advanced methods for data analysis and predictive models for Genome Wide Association Studies, bioinformatics for personalize medicine, and challenges in the protein universe. Within these topics, current major bioinformatics aspects, from Next Generation Sequencing, to drug-protein interaction, to text mining related aspects, will be covered with emphasis on the challenges they pose and the methodological approach they require to be tackled.

The 24 hour course is organized in collaboration with the University of Pavia within the BIO & ICT Ph.D. Internationalization Project funded by the Fondazione CARIPLO. It consists of three 8 hour seminars, each held in two subsequent days at Politecnico di Milano or at Università di Pavia. Each seminar will be given by an invited well known foreign scientist on a current major bioinformatics topic.

During the course students will be challenged with interesting biological problems that are still open in the field of bioinformatics data integration and analysis.

Sito web del corso (Current Challenges in Bioinformatics)


La partecipazione e’ gratuita, chi volesse prenderne parte puo’ scrivermi una mail a davide.chicco(AT)

Corso Python con al PoliMi

Segnalo a tutti che oggi 23 maggio 2011 si terra’ al Politecnico di Milano la prima lezione del corso del linguaggio di programmazione Python, corso organizzato congiuntamente da me e dall’associazione attiva da molti anni nel piu’ antico e importante ateneo milanese.

Chi volesse prenderne parte, puo’ consultare questa pagina.

BioMed@POLIMI: 20 years & beyond, il ventennale del Dipartimento di Bioingegneria al Politecnico di Milano

Domani si terra’ presso il rettorato del Politecnico di Milano la conferenza BioMed@Polimi, per festeggiare e celebrare il ventennale del Dipartimento di Bioingegneria dell’ateneo tecnologico milanese.

Durante l’evento presenteo’ un poster dal titolo “Prediction of Gene Ontology Annotations using improved Single Value Decomposition methods”, su alcuni algoritmi che utilizzo all’interno del progetto a cui sto lavorando.

Che dire? Accorrete numerosi!

Raffaele Tiscar: “Banda ultra larga in Lombardia entro il 2017”

Riporto questo articolo di Wired Italia, dove Raffaele Tiscar (Direttore Generale Reti, Servizi di Pubblica Utilità e Sviluppo Sostenibil della Regione Lombardia) presenta il progetto di banda ultra larga per la regione, da completare entro il 2017.
Incrociamo le dita!

Cinque milioni di persone, due milioni di case, 500mila edifici e 440mila imprese in 167 comuni raggiunti dalla fibra ottica entro il 2017. È questa la scommessa del progetto Bul (Banda ultra larga) per sostituire, in Lombardia, l’esistente rete in rame con un investimento di circa 1,2 miliardi di euro distribuito nel corso dei prossimi 6-7 anni.

La Regione ha già stanziato 1,4 milioni di euro per stendere il piano finanziario del progetto e il primo appuntamento è per il 31 dicembre 2010 perché entro la fine dell’anno vanno verificate le garanzie che permetteranno a banche e altri investitori di finanziare il progetto. Che prevede diversi scenari. Nel più pessimistico, la Regione agirebbe da sola sviluppando una rete alternativa al rame.

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