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Call for Papers

The 8th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM BCB) is the flagship conference of the ACM SIGBio. ACM-BCB 2017 is the conference's eighth year, building upon the success of the first seven meetings in Niagara Falls, Chicago, Orlando, Washington DC, Newport Beach, Atlanta and Seattle.

ACM-BCB 2017 will be held in Boston, MA August 20-23, 2017. The conference is the premier conference dedicated to interdisciplinary research linking computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, and health informatics. The past few decades have seen tremendous growth in the scale and complexity of biological and medical data including recent mainstream recognition of big data challenges. This conference serves to showcase leading-edge research on new technologies and techniques around gathering, processing, analyzing, and modeling of data and information for a variety of scientific, clinical, and healthcare applications, from bench to bedside.

In addition, this year ACM-BCB 2017 will be co-located with the Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics (WABI) .

ACM-BCB 2017 welcomes original submissions that have not been published or under review. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM-BCB conference proceedings and appear in the ACM Digital Library (note that ACM copyright permissions are directly compatible with NIH and similar open-access policies, see for more information). In addition, there is a separate Highlights track for authors who wish to present platform talks for papers that have already appeared in refereed journals; see the conference website for more information. Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Systems Biology
  • Automated Diagnosis and Prediction
  • Biological Modeling
  • Application to Healthcare Processes
  • Inferring Phylogenies and Haplotypes
  • Text Mining and Classification
  • Sequence Analysis and Genome Assembly
  • Knowledge Representation Applications
  • Protein Structure and Dynamics
  • Applications to Microbes and Imaging Genetics
  • Protein and RNA Analysis
  • Advancing Algorithms and Methods
  • Genomic Variation and Disease
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Big Data in Bioinformatics
  • Clinical Databases and Information Systems

Submission Link:
(Please choose the most appropriate track for the submission)

Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 10 pages in ACM "sigconf" template on 8.5 x 11 inch paper ( ACM-BCB's technical program committee will review all submissions on the basis of their originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and relevance to the conference attendees. All accepted papers of registered authors will be included in the proceedings published by ACM Digital Library (Note that ACM copyright permissions are directly compatible with NIH and similar open access policies, see for more information.). Details for the conference can be found at the

The authors of selected papers will be invited to adapt their papers for being published in a special issue of IEEE/ACM Transaction on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB), or a special issue of IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI).

Important Dates:

Paper submissions due: April 10, 2017 April 24, 2017 - 11:59 p.m. in the time zone of your choice
Notifications sent to authors: June 7, 2017
Camera-ready papers due: June 21, 2017

Important Dates
Call for Submission Deadline Notification of Acceptance
Papers April 24 June 7
Workshops March 17 March 20
Tutorials March 17 March 20
Highlights May 8 June 7
Posters June 11 June 19


ACM-BCB 2017 papers now available through ACM DL

August 17, 2017

ACM-BCB 2017 tutorials are now posted

August 11, 2017

Preliminary program booklet posted

June 22, 2017

Poster submission deadline extended to June 11

May 25, 2017

Registration is open

May 17, 2017

Paper submission deadline extended to April 24

April 8, 2017

ACM-BCB 2017 Call for Posters dates updated

April 8, 2017

ACM-BCB 2017 Call for Highlights is now posted

March 13, 2017

Workshop proposal deadline extended to March 17

March 10, 2017

Venue information is available

January 18, 2017

ACM-BCB 2017 Call for Papers is now posted

January 5, 2017