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The 12th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM BCB) is the flagship conference of the ACM SIGBio. ACM-BCB 2021 is the conference's twelfth year, building upon the success of the first eleven meetings in Boston, Niagara Falls, Chicago, Orlando, Washington DC, Newport Beach, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, and online (due to COVID-19). Due to COVID-19, the ACM-BCB 2021 conference will be held online, August 1-4, 2021.

The ACM-BCB is a premier dissemination forum for 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.

You are cordially invited to participate in the ACM-BCB 2021 Conference by responding to one or more of the following:

Call for Papers

(All submissions close 11:59pm Anywhere On Earth [AOE])
Paper submissions due: April 30
Notifications sent to authors: May 29, 2021
Camera-ready papers due: June 15, 2021

Call for Highlights

Submission deadline: May 10, 2021
Acceptance notification: June 14, 2021

Call for Workshops

Workshop proposal deadline: April 7, 2021 (extended from March 31, 2021)
Notification of acceptance: April 14, 2021
Workshops will be held on August 1, 2021

Call for Tutorials

Submission deadline (extended): April 30, 2021
Acceptance notification: May 7, 2021

Call for Posters

Proceedings abstract submission deadline:     May 14, 2021
Late-break poster abstracts submission open:     May 20, 2021
Posters Acceptance notification:     May 27, 2021
Camera ready proceedings abstract submission:     June 3, 2021
Late-break poster abstracts submission deadline:     June 10, 2021
Late-break poster acceptance notification:     June 15, 2021
Deadline for uploading electronic poster and video recording:     June 18, 2021

Keynote speaker

Jason Moore, Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics

Jason Moore is the Edward Rose Professor of Informatics and Director of the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics. He also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Informatics and Chief of the Division of Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics. He leads an active NIH-funded research program focused on the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms for the analysis of complex biomedical data. Recent work has focused on automated machine learning. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), and an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal BioData Mining.

Mona Singh, Princeton University

Mona Singh obtained her AB and SM degrees at Harvard University, and her PhD at MIT, all three in Computer Science. She did postdoctoral work at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She has been on the faculty at Princeton since 1999, and currently she is Professor of Computer Science in the computer science department and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. She received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001, and is a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology and a Fellow for the Association for Computing Machinery. She is Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Computational Biology. She has been program committee chair for several major computational biology conferences, including ISMB (2010), WABI (2010), ACM-BCB (2012), and RECOMB (2016), and has been Chair of the NIH Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems Study Section (2012-2014).

Aidong Zhang, University of Virginia

Dr. Aidong Zhang is a William Wulf Faculty Fellow and Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Virginia (UVA). She also holds joint appointments with Department of Biomedical Engineering and Data Science Institute at University of Virginia. Her research interests include machine learning, data mining, bioinformatics, and health informatics. Dr. Zhang has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB) in 2017-2021. She served as the founding Chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics during 2011-2015 and is currently the Chair of its advisory board. She was also the founding and steering chair of ACM international conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB) from 2010 to 2019. Dr. Zhang is a fellow of ACM, AIMBE, and IEEE.

Important Dates
Call for Submission Deadline Notification of Acceptance
Papers April 30 May 29
Workshops April 7 April 14
Tutorials April 30 May 7
Highlights May 10 June 14
Posters May 14 May 27
Late-break Posters May 20 June 15


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