Call for tutorial

The ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM BCB) is the flagship conference of the ACM SIGBio. 2015 is the conference's sixth year, building upon the success of the first five meetings in Niagara Falls, Chicago, Orlando, Washington DC, and Newport Beach. ACM BCB 2015 will be held in Atlanta GA during September 9–12, 2015. The conference offers a forum for premier interdisciplinary research linking computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, and health informatics.

ACM-BCB 2015 invites tutorials that address the interests of its varied audience of individuals interested in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (BCB) including graduate students, researchers and educators from academia, and researchers and practitioners from industry and government.

We especially welcome proposals for tutorials that:

  • Introduce a specific BCB topic, designed to make the topic (and the conference) more accessible to participants who are new to that topic.
  • Provide a hands-on introduction to one or more databases, software tools, or other resources of broad interest to the conference participants.
  • Provide a comprehensive review of the current state of the art in a specific BCB topic aimed at researchers and practitioners who are knowledgeable, but not necessarily experts in the topic.
  • Present techniques from research fields e.g., machine learning, statistics, parallel computing, that are relevant to BCB research.
  • Introduce new research problems, new application areas, or new or emerging technologies of relevance to BCB.

  • The tutorials will be held on September 9, 2015. We envision tutorials to be 1 to 4 units where each unit is 50 minutes. We encourage tutorials with multiple unites to have more than one presenter, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives.

    Tutorial proposals should not exceed 3 pages (excluding the speaker biographies), using an 11 point font for the text, and should include:

  • Tutorial title
  • Names and affiliations of presenters
  • Tutorial abstract (200 words maximum, suitable for inclusion on the conference website)
  • Tutorial description, including the objectives of the tutorial, its relevance to ACM-BCB 2013, description of the intended audience and background assumed of the audience, sufficient detail regarding the scope of material to be covered and the depth at which it will be covered.
  • Desired tutorial length (if there is flexibility regarding length, please specify the topics to be included for each length).
  • Expected audience size.
  • Information about other venues in which tutorials on the same topic have been presented or planned to be presented, along with pointers to the relevant slides or other tutorial materials and a brief explanation of how the proposed tutorial differs from the other offerings.
  • Brief professional biographies of presenters including their scientific and professional qualifications and experience (relevant research, teaching or tutorial presentation) and contact information.

  • Each proposal will be and ranked based on the significance of the proposed tutorial topic, overall quality of the proposal, the qualifications and experience of the presenters, and the tutorial's fit to the conference theme, and the number of tutorial slots and the space available.

    Please email tutorial proposals to Tutorial Chair Tamer Kahveci ( with the subject line “ACM-BCB 2015: Tutorial Proposal”

    To ensure full consideration, tutorial proposals must be received no later than May 22, 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be mailed by June 3, 2015.