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Call for Posters
2021 ACM-BCB Conference – August 1-4, 2021 (Virtual)

The 12th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB) is the flagship conference of the ACM SIGBio. The 2021 ACM- BCB conference is the premier conference that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research linking computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology, medicine, bioinformatics, and biomedical and health informatics. ACM-BCB focuses on the grand challenges for life science, bioscience and human health by showcasing cutting-edge research on new technologies, methods, and tools around the processing, integration, analysis, mining, retrieval, and interpretation of biological, medical and health data with the aim of solving problems in life science, biomedical discovery, public and population health, disease prevention, and healthcare delivery. This conference and its posters, workshops, and tutorials collectively serve to showcase leading edge research focused on bioinformatics, computational biology, and health informatics.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference and all its associated events will be held virtually this year.

We invite authors to submit results that fall into general areas of bioinformatics, computational biology, and health informatics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Education in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Genomic Variation and Disease
  • Haplotypes and Population Genomics
  • Protein and RNA Analysis, Structure, and Dynamics
  • Phylogenetics
  • Protein and RNA Analysis, Structure, and Dynamics
  • Metagenomics and Algorithms for Microbiomes
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Computational Systems Biology
  • Computational Drug Discovery
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Text Mining of Data in Bioinformatics, Biomedical, and Health Informatics
  • Biological Modeling
  • Imaging Genomics and Radiation Genomics
  • Data Integration, Harmonization, and Ontology
  • Deep Learning and AI for Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics, and Health Informatics
  • Computational Phenotyping
  • Predictive Modeling, Survival Analysis, and Biomarker Identification
  • Automated Diagnosis and Prediction
  • Clinical Databases and Information Systems
  • Public Health and Population Health Informatics
  • Infectious Disease Networks and Computational Epidemiology
  • Social Network Analysis for Health Applications
  • No-Boundary Thinking in Bioinformatics

Submissions that fall under any of the following categories are highly encouraged: original research contributions, or preliminary results or proof-of-concept studies arising from work-in-progress, or results arising from undergraduate research or student- initiated research, or survey of tools and techniques in bioinformatics and biomedical health informatics.

In addition, we will be accepting late-break poster submissions. Accepted posters in this category will also be part of the conference program. The only difference is that the abstracts will not be included in the ACM digital library proceedings.

Submission: All interested authors are expected to submit a 1-page abstract describing their posters on EasyChair (select the poster track). Submitted abstracts should not exceed one page in the (ACM Master Article Template), on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Submissions will be peer-reviewed on the basis of their originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and interest to the conference attendees.

Presentation and Proceedings: The authors of all accepted posters will be asked to prepare a digital poster with dimensions 36 inches x 48 inches, alongside an option of uploading an accompanying short video recording of their oral presentation in advance prior to the conference dates. The digital posters (and presentations if provided) will be made available to all registered attendees of the conference along with support for virtual interactions with the attendees. The precise details of how and where to upload the final presentation, and the poster session details will be made available on the conference website. In addition, all accepted posters will be included as an abstract in the proceedings published by ACM Digital Library. To appear in the conference proceedings, authors must adhere to the camera ready deadline.

Best Poster Award: A committee of judges will evaluate the posters at the conference based on overall design and content of each poster, presentation video (if provided), as well as any Q&A interaction with the conference attendees. Authors of the selected poster will be recognized with the Best Poster Award during the conference award ceremony.

Registration: Each accepted poster must be accompanied by at least one full author registration. A single registration can be used to cover the cost of up to two posters/papers. Each additional poster can be registered for a charge of 100 USD. For example, if you are an ACM/SIGBio member with 5 posters, then the associated cost of registration will be $550 in total ($250 for the first two posters + $300 for the remaining three posters).

Important dates:

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

Poster Chairs:

Sheng Tan, Trinity University
Uwe Hilgert, University of Arizona

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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