4th IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS)

June 2-4, 2014, Miami Beach Resort and Spa, Miami Beach, FL

Advances in high-throughput technologies such as DNA sequencing and mass spectrometry are profoundly transforming life sciences, resulting in the collection of unprecedented amounts of biological and medical data. Using this data to advance our knowledge about fundamental biological processes and improve human health requires novel computational models and advanced analysis algorithms. IEEE ICCABS aims to bring together leading academic and industry researchers to discuss the latest advances in computational methods for bio and medical sciences.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to: Biological modeling and simulation, Biomedical image processing, Biomedical data and literature mining, Computational genetic epidemiology, Computational metabolomics, Computational proteomics, Databases and ontologies, Gene regulation, Genome analysis, Health Informatics, High-performance bio-computing, Immunoinformatics, Molecular evolution, Population genomics, Sequence analysis, Structural bioinformatics, Systems biology, Transcriptomics.

Two special issues of journals (BMC Bioinformatics and BMC Genomics) on selected extended abstracts will be published. A limited number of student travel awards will be made (conditional upon NSF support). This year we also plan to have review sessions where researchers get to present their results (possibly published in other venues). These results will not appear in the proceedings.

To subscribe to the ICCABS mailing list and receive all conference announcements visit: http://dna.engr.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/iccabs-l

Please follow this link to reach IEEE ICCABS 2011's website: http://www.iccabs.org/2011/

Please follow this link to reach IEEE ICCABS 2012's website: http://www.iccabs.org/2012/

Please follow this link to reach IEEE ICCABS 2013's website: http://www.iccabs.org/2013/


General Chairs

  • S.S. Iyengar - Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida.
  • S. Rajasekaran - Univeristy of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.
  • Sartaj Sahni - Univeristy of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Program Chairs

  • Jake Y. Chen - Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Vasant Honavar - Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Finance Chairs

  • Reda A. Ammar - Univeristy of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.
  • Mukul Bansal - Univeristy of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.
  • Yufeng Wu - Univeristy of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.

Publicity Chair

  • Bob Weiner - University of Connecticut

Proceedings Chair

  • Mohammad Galib Hasan - University of Connecticut

Local Arrangements Chair

  • Shu-Ching Chen - Florida International University
  • Subrata Saha - University of Connecticut


  • Priya Periaswamy - Univeristy of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.

Program Committee

Accepted Papers

  • Shabana K M, Abdul Nazeer K A, Meeta Pradhan and Mathew J Palakal, "A Computational Method for Drug Repositioning using Publicly Available Gene Expression Data".
  • Faraz Hussain, Christopher Langmead, Qi Mi, Joyeeta Dutta-Moscato, Yoram Vodavotz and Sumit Kumar Jha, "Parameter Discovery for Stochastic Computational Models in Systems Biology Using Bayesian Model Checking".
  • Jacob Porter, Liqing Zhang, Mingan Sun and Hehuang Xie, "Improving Bisulfite Short-Read Mapping Efficiency with Hairpin-Bisulfite Data".
  • David Sankoff, Baoyong Wang, Chunfang Zheng and Carlos Fernando Buen Abad Najar, "Discriminating between structural and functional mechanisms for duplicate gene loss following whole genome doubling".
  • Segun Jung, Yingtao Bi and Ramana Davuluri, "Comparison of Data Discretization Methods for Cross Platform Transfer of Gene-expression based Tumor Subtyping Classifier".
  • Soumitra Pal and Srinivas Aluru, "In Search of Perfect Reads".
  • Xijun Liang, Zhonghang Xia, Xinnan Niu and Andrew Link, "A Weighted Classification Model for Peptide Identification".
  • David Allen and Ovidiu Daescu, "Optimization of IMRT Treatment Plan with Kinetic Data Structures".
  • Egidijus Paliulis and Hesham H. Ali, "An Integrated Model of Human Biomedical and Clinical Data Structures".
  • Forough Firoozbakht, Iman Rezaeian, Lisa Porter and Luis Rueda, "A New Compact Set of Biomarkers for Distinguishing among Ten Breast Cancer Subtypes".
  • Deepali Jhamb, Meeta Pradhan, Akshay Desai, Premkumar Duraiswamy and Mathew Palakal, "A systems biology framework for the downstream analysis of the whole genome sequencing data".
  • Deepali Jhamb, Anand Krishnan, Meelia Palakal, Yogesh Pandit, Premkumar Duraiswamy and Mathew Palakal, "Identification of Protein Interaction Methods from Biomedical Literature".
  • Haitham Gabr and Tamer Kahveci, "Characterization of probabilistic signaling networks through signal propagation".
  • Chayaporn Suphavilai, Liugen Zhu, Xiaogang Wu and Jake Chen, "Constructing Regulatory Gene Set Network to Reveal Novel Insights into Biological Systems".
  • Vinhthuy Phan, Shanshan Gao, Quang Tran and Nam Vo, "How genome complexity can explain the hardness of aligning reads to genomes".
  • Iman Rezaiean and Luis Rueda, "A New Multi-level Thresholding Algorithm for Finding Peaks in ChIP-Seq Data".
  • Nataliya Timoshevskaya and Wu-Chun Feng, "SAIS-OPT: On the Characterization and Optimization of the SA-IS Algorithm for Suffix Array Construction".
  • Sumit Kumar Jha, Susmit Jha, Emily Sassano and Faraz Hussain, "Putting Humpty-Dumpty Together: Mining Mechanistic Biochemical Models from Big Data".
  • Raj Gautam Dutta, Faraz Hussain, Sumit Kumar Jha, Arvind Ramanathan and Laura L Pullum, "EpiSpec: A Formal Specification Language for Parameterized Agent-Based Models against Epidemiological Ground Truth".


To download the program, please CLICK HERE.

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to electronically submit extended abstracts in PDF format by following the instructions at


Submissions should be prepared using IEEE Computer Society's Word/LaTeX templates available at


and should not exceed 6 pages in length. Accepted abstracts will be published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Special issues of journals on selected extended abstracts are under negotiation. A limited number of student travel awards will be made (conditional upon NSF support).

Camera-ready Instructions

The deadline for approving your PDF for collection on the PDF eXpress site and faxing the signed copyright form is

*** Monday, May 08, 2014 ***

Step-by-step instructions are as follows:
  1. Submissions should be prepared using IEEE Computer Society's Word/LaTeX templates available at


  2. The appropriate copyright clearance code notice must be added to the left bottom of the first page of the paper (in footer). Also, page numbers should be added to the center of the footer on all pages. The copyright notices are listed below. LateX commands needed to add the general copyright notice (c) and page numbers to the manuscript are included at the end of these instructions

    • For papers in which all authors are employed by the US government, the copyright notice is:
      U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. copyright
    • For papers in which all authors are employed by a Crown government (UK, Canada, and Australia), the copyright notice is: 978-1-4673-1321-6/12/$31.00 ©2014 Crown
    • For all other papers the copyright notice is: 978-1-4673-1321-6/12/$31.00 ©2014 IEEE

  3. Create an account on IEEE PDF eXpress at


    using the conference ID 33849X.

  4. Use IEEE PDF eXpress to check your PDF.

  5. Once checked, submit the paper back to easychair (as a new version of your paper).

  6. Sign and send the attached IEEE copyright form. It is sufficient for one of the authors to sign the copyright form. Forms should be scanned into PDF or any other standard image format and emailed to mohammad.g.hasan@uconn.edu.
  • To add page numbers and the general copyright notice in a document prepared using LateX:

    - Add the following commands after the usepackage commands

    \usepackage{fancyhdr} \usepackage{lastpage} \pagestyle{plain} \lhead{} \lfoot{978-1-4673-1321-6/12/\$31.00 \copyright2014 IEEE} \cfoot{\thepage} \rhead{} \rfoot{} \renewcommand{\headrulewidth}{0pt} \renewcommand{\footrulewidth}{0pt}

    - Add the following commands between the "\IEEEpeerreviewmaketitle" command and the first section start

    "\section{Introduction}" \setcounter{page}{1} \thispagestyle{fancy}
  • Keynotes Talks

    Confirmed Keynote Talks

    • John Reif - Duke University
    • Giri Narasimhan - Florida International University
    • Alexander Zelikovsky - Georgia State University


    Registration to the conference has to be done through regonline. Conference Registration Fees:

      Conference Advance Registration (must be completed by May 5th (authors) and May 10th (non-authors))
    • IEEE Members: $650
    • IEEE Non-members : $850
    • IEEE Student members: $350
    • IEEE Student non-members: $450
    • IEEE Life/Retired members: $250
      Conference Late / Onsite Registration
    • IEEE Members: $850
    • IEEE Non-members : $950
    • IEEE Student members: $450
    • IEEE Student non-members: $550
    • IEEE Life/Retired members: $450

    Workshop Registration Fees:

    • IEEE Members (Full-Day): $400
    • IEEE Non-members (Full-Day): $500
    • IEEE Members (Half-Day): $400
    • IEEE Non-members (Half-Day): $500

    Please follow this link to register to the conference: https://www.reg-site.com/con-reg/default.asp?Conid=134

    Workshops and Special Session

      I) 4th Workshop on Computational Advances for Next Generation Sequencing (CANGS 2014)

             click here to download the call for participation

      II) 3rd Workshop on Computational Advances in Molecular Epidemiology (CAME 2014)

             click here to download the call for participation

      III) Special Session : Cancer Therapeutics, Emerging Technologies, and Computational Sciences–A Case Study of Radiation Oncology

             click here for the list of presenters

    • S.S. Iyengar - Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida.

    Posters and Highlights

    Each poster will be of size 2.5 feet by 3 feet. These posters will be on display throughout the duration of the conference. In addition, every poster will be given 10 minutes time for a presentation before an audience (just like regular papers but with shorter time).

    click here to download the call for posters and highlights.

    Venue and Hotel Information

    ICCABS 2014 will take place in the "Miami Beach Resort and Spa" on June 2-4, 2014

    Miami Beach Resort and Spa

    4833 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL - 33140

    Phone:(866) 765-9090

    The negotiated rate for conference attendees is $129

    Please use the following links (as appropriate) to make the reservations.
    Direct URL for Attendee Registration (If use this URL, no login for attendee is needed):

    MSBE: https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=1239026&hotelID=6577

    iStay2: http://booking.ihotelier.com/istay/istay.jsp?groupID=1239026&hotelID=6577

    Web 3.0: https://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1239026&hotelID=6577

    (Attendee Code: EEEI206041)

    Student Travel Awards

    ICCABS 2014 plans to support some number of student travel grants (conditional upon NSF support). In particular, this money can be used for the following items:

    • Registration fee
    • Hotel accommodation
    • Airfare
    • Food and other expenses

    The applicants should submit the following materials to Sanguthevar Rajasekaran (rajasek@engr.uconn.edu) before 05-15-2014 by 5PM EST. Preference will be given to students presenting their works in the conference (including the workshops)

    • Number and title of a paper or poster that has been accepted (if any) to ICCABS
    • A brief summary of the research interests of the student together with an explanation of how this conference will help her/his research efforts.
    • A support letter from the student's supervisor/advisor that indicates that the student is in good academic standing and how the student will benefit from attending this conference.
    • An estimate on the total expenses and availability of other sources of funding

    Applications from female and minority students are strongly encouraged.

    Contact Us

    General Chair contact information:

    Paper submission: March 1, 2014
    March 11, 2014
    Extended final submission date: April 1, 2014 11.59 PM EST
    Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2014
    April 8, 2014
    April 22, 2014
    Extended notification of acceptance: April 29, 2014
    Author registration: April 15, 2014
    April 28, 2014
    May 5, 2014
    Camera-ready papers due on: April 22, 2014
    May 1, 2014
    May 8, 2014
    CLICK HERE to download the call for papers in PDF format


    If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact the conference's general chair through the 'Contact Us' tab on the left

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