2014 ACM BCB Industry Track: Big Data in Healthcare - Challenges and Opportunities

September 20-23, 2014, Newport Beach, CA, USA

'Big Data' is a common catch-phrase used to describe the growing volume of structured and unstructured data found in all areas of science, technology, business, society, and everyday life. We are faced with so much data everyday that it often overpowers our ability to process and derive knowledge from it using traditional approaches.

Like many other industries, Healthcare is faced by a big data challenge, in particular that of gathering, analyzing, and managing large and growing amounts of patient data generated across the industry with the promise of producing actionable benefits for patients. With the roll out of electronic health records in most hospital systems, a typical patient may be associated with as much as 250GB of data, resulting in petabyte-scale repositories. Similar large-scale repositories are found in pharmaceutical and other companies, as well as government agencies.

This track of the 5th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics (ACM BCB) aims to bring together researchers and leaders from academia and industry who are faced by this data deluge and are involved in developing methods for the recording, storage, protection, analysis, and management of big healthcare data. Specifically, the track will be organized around four sessions covering four key areas:

(1) Genomics and Diagnostics
(2) Mobile Health Devices and Applications
(3) Analytics in Healthcare
(4) Decision Support Tools and Technologies

Each session will comprise invited presentations, as well as regular paper presentations, followed by an open panel discussion. The invited presentations will be delivered by key leaders in the field. For regular presentations, submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Submissions should follow the conference guidelines and should not exceed 10 pages using the ACM template on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). All submissions will be evaluated for their originality, technical soundness, significance, and relevance to the topics of this track. All accepted papers by registered authors will be included in the proceedings published in the ACM Digital Library. Details for electronic submission can be found on the conference web portal at:

Industry Track co-Chairs:
Anastasia Christianson, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, IBM Almaden

Important Dates:
Industry paper submissions due :June 15, 2014
Notifications sent to authors :July 15, 2014
Camera-ready papers due :July 29, 2014