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DM: ANNIMAB-1: Second announcement and call for papers

From: Richard Dybowski
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 21:26:36 -0400 (EDT)

Below you can find the most recent information about a new conference of interest for researchers in medicine, biology, statistics, AI, artificial neural networks and cognitive science. (Our apologies if you receive more than one copy of this message!) For more information about the conference see:
Second announcement and call for papers:

an international conference on Artificial Neural Networks In Medicine And Biology

Goteborg, Sweden, May 13-16, 2000

Conference Description
Keynote Speakers
Call for Papers
Schedule of Events
The Organisers

Artificial neural network (ANN) techniques are currently being used for many data analysis and modelling tasks in clinical medicine as well as in theoretical biology, and the possible applications of ANNs in these fields are countless. The ANNIMAB-1 conference will summarise the state of the art, analyse the relations between ANN techniques and other available methods, and point to possible future biological and medical uses of ANNs. It will have three main themes:

1) Medical applications of artificial neural networks: for better diagnoses and outcome predictions from clinical and laboratory data, in the analysis of ECG and EEG signals, in medical image analysis, for the handling of medical databases, etc.

2) Uses of ANNs in biology outside clinical medicine: for example, in models of ecology and evolution, for data analysis in molecular biology, in simulations of cell signalling mechanisms, and (of course) in models of animal and human nervous systems and their capabilities.

3) Theoretical aspects: recent developments in ANN techniques, ANNs in relation to AI and to traditional statistical procedures, possible roles of ANNs in the medical decision process, etc. Hybrid systems and integrative approaches, such as those involving Bayesian belief nets, will receive special attention.


Pierre Baldi, California Institute of Technology

Gail Carpenter, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston

Georg Dorffner, Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artifical
Intelligence, University of Vienna

Richard Dybowski, Intensive Care Unit (Division of Medicine), King's
College London

Wayne Getz, Division of Insect Biology, Department of Environmental
Sciences, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley

Teuvo Kohonen, Neural Networks Research Centre, Helsinki University of

Anders Lansner, Department of Numerical Analysis and Computing Science
(NADA), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm

Paulo Lisboa, School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool 
Moores University

Papers for oral or poster presentation should be written in English and submitted in four printed copies. Papers must be received by November 1st, 1999, to be included in the reviewing process. The maximum length of papers, including tables and pictures, is 6 pages, using one column of 12 pt single spaced text. Detailed author's instructions will be available at our website by October 1st.

Attach a letter including the surface and e-mail addresses of the corresponding author, a number of keywords describing the content of the paper, preferred session (see Schedule of Events below), and preference for oral or poster presentation.

Before submitting, please check any final submission instructions at our website,

Send the paper to:

Dept. of Philosophy
Goteborg University
Box 200
SE-405 30 Goteborg

Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection by January 15th, 2000. Final papers must then be delivered in electronic form before February 15th, 2000, to ensure publication in time. At least one of the authors has to be registered for the conference at that date. Detailed guidelines for the final submission will be given in connection with the note of acceptance.

All accepted contributions will be printed in the proceedings, which will be available at the conference.

Deadline for full paper submissions: November 1, 1999
Notification of acceptance for publication: January 15, 2000
Deadline for final manuscript submissions: February 15, 2000

Saturday, May 13

10.00-17.00 Registration Desk Open

12.00 Welcome Address and Opening Lecture: Introduction to ANN in 
and medicine. Helge Malmgren (Goteborg University)

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Overview and Update: Medical applications of ANNs. Richard 
(King's College London)

15.30 Overview and Update: Biological applications of ANNs. Pierre 
(California Institute of Technology)

17.00 Keynote Speech: Teuvo Kohonen (Helsinki University of 

19.00 Welcome Party

Sunday, May 14

8.30-9.30 Registration Desk Open

9.00-12.30 AM Session. Keynote Speech: Georg Dorffner (University of 
Oral Sessions: a) Medical image and signal analysis
b) Biomolecular applications

13.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Registration desk open

15.00-18.30 PM Session. Keynote Speech: Anders Lansner (Royal 
Institute of
Technology, Stockholm). Oral Session: Computational neuroscience

19.00 Poster Session with Buffet Dinner

Monday, May 15

8.30-9.30 Registration Desk Open

9.00-12.30 AM Session. Keynote Speech: Gail Carpenter (Boston 
Oral Session: Learning methods

13.00 Lunch

14.00-17.30 PM Session. Keynote Speech: Wayne Getz (University of
California, Berkeley). Oral Sessions: a) Clinical diagnosis and 
decision support
b) Biological systems modelling and analysis

18.00 Boat trip to Marstrand with Conference Dinner

Tuesday, May 16

9.00-12.00 AM Session. Keynote Speech: Pierre Baldi (California 
of Technology). Oral Session: Hybrid algorithms

12.15 - 13.00 Summing up: Paulo Lisboa (Liverpool John Moores 

13.00 Lunch, Closing Remarks

The social program includes a welcome party on Saturday, a buffet dinner in connection with the poster session on Sunday, and finally on Monday, a trip with the steamer Bohuslan to the old coastal town of Marstrand where a conference dinner is served. (Informal dress is appropriate for all these occasions.)


The size of the conference will be limited to 225 participants. Registration may be done in advance or, if places are available, on-site.

The regular registration fee is SEK 3250 (before March 15, 2000) or SEK 3750 (after March 15). For student discounts and prices for accompanying persons, please go to our website.

The registration fee includes access to all lectures and demonstrations, the welcome party (Saturday), buffet dinner (Sunday), boat trip and dinner (Monday), lunches and coffee, refreshments and snacks during breaks, a 4-day public transportation ticket, and the conference proceedings.

For accompanying persons there is a subsidised package including lunches, Sunday buffet dinner, and the public transportation pass. Extra tickets can also be reserved for the boat trip with dinner (Monday). To get the registration form, please go to the following address:


The conference takes place at Quality Hotel 11, which is beautifully situated at the northern bank of Gota River in Goteborg. Conference participants can stay at Quality Hotel 11 at a special price. We also recommend the hotel Novotel at the south bank of the river, with fast ferry transfer to the conference. For other lodging alternatives, please go to our website.


The ANNIMAB-1 conference is arranged by the ANNIMAB Society (ANNIMAB-S), which is based at Goteborg University (GU) and is associated with several other groups working with biological or medical applications of neural networks. For further information about the conference and the Society, write to:

Dept. of Philosophy
Goteborg University
Box 200
SE-405 30 Goteborg

Phone: (+46) 31 773 5573
Fax: (+46) 31 773 5159

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