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BioVis 2011: IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization

at VisWeek 2011 in Providence, RI
October 23-24, 2011


Paper Submission Deadline: April 30, 2011
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 8, 2011

*** Contents ***

(1) Aims and Scope
(2) Topics
(3) Symposium Format
(4) Submission Types and Criteria
(5) General Expectations (Ethics Guidelines)
(6) Review Process
(7) Important Dates
(8) Supplemental Material and Formatting Guidelines
(9) Publications
(10) Submission
(11) Paper and Abstract Awards
(12) Organizing Committee
(13) International Program Committee

*** 1. Aims and Scope ***

The rapidly expanding field of biology creates enormous challenges for
computational visualization techniques that enable researchers to gain
insight from their large and highly complex data sets.

The goal of the first IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization
(BioVis 2011) is to create the premier international and
interdisciplinary event for all aspects of visualization in biology.
This symposium will bring together researchers from the visualization,
bioinformatics, and biology communities with the purpose of educating,
inspiring, and engaging visualization researchers in biological data
visualization, as well as bioinformatics and biology researchers in
state-of-the-art visualization research. As the first annual BioVis
Symposium, this event seeks to emphasize inclusion and interaction
between these communities as its primary impact.

The symposium will serve as a platform for researchers from these
fields to increase the impact of visualization approaches in biology.
The breadth and diversity of biological research areas will enable
researchers from all parts of the visualization community to
contribute to this effort, and the symposium will provide an excellent
opportunity to initiate interdisciplinary collaborations. Finally, it
will provide an outlet and training ground for young and freshly
minted visualization researchers with a keen interest in problems of
biology and provide a venue for researchers in biology and
bioinformatics to share pressing visualization challenges and
potential solutions in their fields.

*** 2. Topics ***

We are looking for contributions on all aspects of visualization in
biology. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

- Genome and sequence data, including genomic variation data
- Multivariate omics data (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.)
- Phylogenetic data
- Ecological and taxonomic data
- Biological networks and pathways
- Biological ontologies
- Molecular structures (protein structures, RNA structures, etc.)
- Subcellular, cellular, tissue- and organ-level structures
- Visualization of image data, such as microscopic or radiological data
- Integration of image and omics data for systems biology
- Modeling, simulation and visualization of biological systems
- Visualization in neurobiology and developmental biology
- Systems and software frameworks for biological visualization
- Integration of visualization in biological workflows or collaborative processes
- Visualization and visual analytics of integrated data sets
- Evaluation of biological visualization systems including interfaces, usability, laboratory experiments, and field studies
- Creation and visualization of biological atlases and metadata
- Processes for interdisciplinary collaboration between biology and visualization

*** 3. Symposium Format ***

The symposium will be a two-day single-track event with keynote and
invited talks, papers sessions, panels, and abstracts presented
through posters, demos, or videos. Tutorial sessions on visualization
in bioinformatics/biology will be organized.

*** 4. Submission Types and Criteria ***

Given the goal of bringing together members of both the biology and
visualization communities for discussion, the symposium solicitation
is purposefully broad and open-minded to diverse types and lengths of
submissions. Authors are encouraged to identify the intent of their
submission. Each paper will be reviewed by the Program Committee and
given appropriate time and venue at the symposium in accordance with
its stated intent and length. Types of submissions include, but are
not limited to:

- Detailed reports of original research
- Experience reports, highlighting lessons learned from the deployment of relevant previously published work
- Descriptions of work in progress and preliminary results
- Demonstrations of new or recent systems, both open source and proprietary
- Descriptions of analysis challenges where current tools fall short for specific datasets and goals, to inform the visualization community in producing better future solutions

Authors should indicate the intended publication type of their
submissions, as one of two categories:

*Papers*: Up to 8 page papers describing high-quality research that is
not necessarily fully completed but offers new insight. (Additional
figures, etc. can be included as supplemental materials.) Selected
papers will have an opportunity for an extended and refined invited
follow-up submission (see Section 9).  Authors will have an oral
presentation in a session with an emphasis on questions and discussion
with the audience.

*Abstracts*: Up to 2 page abstracts that either describe early-stage
research or highlight previously published work that has been extended
since the original publication. Accepted abstracts will be presented
as posters, interactive demos or videos at the symposium and all
presenters will have the opportunity to give a brief overview of their
work in a plenary "fast-forward session". Additionally, presenters of
selected abstracts will be given the opportunity for longer oral
presentation at the symposium.

*** 5. General Expectations (Ethics Guidelines) ***

At least one author of an accepted submission must attend the
symposium to present the work. When submitting your paper you will be
asked to provide a complete list of authors even when submitting an
anonymized version of the manuscript. This is required to avoid
potential conflicts of interest when assigning reviewers. In the event
that the authorship changes after submission, one of the initially
specified authors must attend the symposium.

Submissions will be treated as confidential communications during the
review process, so submission does not constitute public disclosure of
any ideas therein. Submissions should contain no information or
materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of
publication (at the symposium), and should cite no publications that
are proprietary or confidential at the time of publication. Our
symposium will adhere to the VGTC ethics guidelines for reviewers that
can be found at

*** 6. Review Process ***

The Program Committee will involve reviewers from both the
visualization and bioinformatics communities. Papers will be reviewed
for novelty and contribution. Abstracts will be reviewed for quality
and value to the symposium audience as well as format.

*** 7. Important Dates ***

Paper submission*: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Notification of acceptance of papers: Thursday, June 30, 2011

Abstract submission: Friday, July 8, 2011
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: August 15, 2011

Camera ready copy: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

All deadlines are at 5:00 pm Pacific Time (PDT).

*** 8. Supplemental Material and Formatting Guidelines ***

Papers can include full-color figures throughout. We encourage the use
of digital video to enhance the submission, particularly if part or
all of the work addresses interactive techniques. Submission of
working code and other supplemental material in order to increase the
reproducibility of the work is also encouraged.

The review process will be optionally double-blind for those who want
to submit their work anonymously. When submitting for double-blind
reviewing you are asked NOT to include any identifying information in
the submission. Alternatively, the review process will be single-
blind, i.e., the reviewers know the identity of the authors, but the
authors do not know the identity of the reviewers.

Links to detailed guidelines for preparing a proper submission and
supplementary data can be found on Authors must
follow the style guidelines specified therein.

*** 9. Publications ***

The symposium proceedings will consist of all accepted papers and will
appear in the IEEE Digital Library. Accepted abstracts will be made
available on the symposium website.

To increase the visibility of visualization within the bioinformatics
and biology communities, a selection of the best accepted papers will
be invited to be published in expanded form in an open-access, peer-
reviewed bioinformatics journal.

*** 10. Submission ***

Details on how to submit papers and abstracts are provided on .

*** 11. Paper and Abstract Awards ***

Best paper and abstract prizes will be awarded.  Submissions that
resulted from a successful collaboration between researchers from both
the visualization and biology communities will be especially regarded.
Reviewers will be queried on the review form with a question "Should
we consider this paper/abstract for the best paper/abstract award?

*** 12. Organizing Committee ***

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General Chairs:
- Nils Gehlenborg, Harvard University, USA
- Raghu Machiraju, The Ohio State University, USA
- Torsten Möller, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Paper Chairs:
- Jessie Kennedy, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
- Jos Roerdink, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Abstract Chairs:
- Miriah Meyer, Harvard University, USA
- Cydney Nielsen, British Columbia Genome Sciences Center, Canada

Invited Session Chairs:
- Matt Hibbs, The Jackson Laboratory, USA
- Sean O'Donoghue, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany

Tutorial Chairs:
- Lars Linsen, Jacobs University, Germany
- William Ray, The Ohio State University, USA

Exhibit Chairs and Industry Liaisons:
- Michael McGuffin, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Canada
- Robert Kincaid, Agilent Laboratories, USA

Website and Publicity Chairs:
- Carsten Görg, University of Colorado Denver, USA
- Brian Staats, MITRE, USA

*** 13. International Program Committee ***

- Jan Aerts, KU Leuven, Belgium
- Enrico Bertini, University of Konstanz, Germany
- Chengpeng Bi, Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City, USA
- John Boyle, Institute for Systems Biology, USA
- Alvis Brazma, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
- Michael Cantor, Lawrence Berkley Laboratory, USA
- Urska Cvek, Louisiana State University Shreveport, USA
- Inna Dubchak, Lawrence Berkley Laboratory, USA
- David Duke, University of Leeds, UK
- Tom Freeman, The Roslin Institute, UK
- Carsten Görg, University of Colorado, USA
- Georges Grinstein, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
- Hans-Christian Hege, Zuse-Institute Berlin, Germany
- Daniel Huson, University of Tübingen, Germany
- Matt Hibbs, The Jackson Laboratory, USA
- Larry Hunter, University of Colorado, USA
- Chris Johnson, University of Utah, USA
- Steven Jones, British Columbia Genome Sciences Center, Canada
- Alark Joshi, Boise State, USA
- Igor Jurisica, University of Toronto, Canada
- Robert Kincaid, Agilent Laboratories, USA
- Martin Krzywinski, British Columbia Genome Sciences Center, Canada
- Michael Lappe, Max Planck Berlin, Germany
- Robert van Liere, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- David Marshall, Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK
- Guy Melancon, University of Bordeaux, France
- Jill Mesirov, Broad Institute, USA
- Scooter Morris, UCSF, USA
- Kay Nieselt, University of Tübingen, Germany
- Bernhard Preim, University of Magdeburg, Germany
- James Procter, University of Dundee, UK
- Sonja Prohaska, University of Leipzig, Germany
- William Ray, The Ohio State University, USA
- Reinhard Schneider, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
- Falk Schreiber, IPK Gatersleben, Germany
- Brian Staats, MITRE, USA
- Marjan Trutschl, Louisiana State University Shreveport, USA
- Fons Verbeek, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
- Ting Wang, Washington University, USA
- Gunter Weber, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
- Michel Westenberg, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands
- Ross Whitaker, University of Utah, USA
- Bang Wong, Broad Institute, USA

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