CFP: Workshop on Constraint-Based Methods for Bioinformatics

WCB 2014
10th Workshop on Constraint-Based Methods for Bioinformatics

Co-located with 20th International Conference on Principles
and Practice of Constraint Programming
September 8, Lyon, France
Submissions deadline: June 30

Technical Description
During  the last  years, Biology  has become  a source  of challenging problems for the entire field  of Computer Science in general, and for the  areas  of  computational  logic  and  constraint  programming  in
particular. Successful approaches to these problems are likely to have significant  applications  in  several  fields of  research,  such  as medicine, agriculture, industry,  etc. Several successful applications
of the  Logic and  Constraint Programming paradigms  in Bioinformatics have been carried  out in the last years, in  the area of phylogenetic tree  reconstruction, in  haplotype inference,  in  proteins structure
prediction,  in  RNA secondary  structure  prediction,  and in  system biology, just  to cite  a few. The  workshop aims at  exchanging ideas between researchers  and collecting, if  possible, new problems  to be faced in the next future by our community.

Workshop Format
WCB’14  is  the  10-th  of   a  series  of  consecutive  Workshops  on Constraint-Based Methods for  Bioinformatics. Previous editions of WCB were co-located  with various important  international conferences, as reported below:

  • WCB’05: co-located with ICLP-CP 2005 in Sitges
  • WCB’06: co-located with CP 2006 in Nantes
  • WCB’07: co-located with ICLP 2007 in Porto
  • WCB’08: co-located with CPAIOR 2008 in Paris
  • WCB’09: co-located with CP 2009 in Lisbon
  • WCB’10: co-located with FLOC 2010 in Edinburgh
  • WCB’11: co-located with CP 2011 in Perugia
  • WCB’12: co-located with ICLP 2012 in Budapest
  • WCB’13: co-located with CP 2013 in Uppsala

Details about last-year WCB’13 can be found at

Paper Submission
The  topic of  interest are  all those  concerning  bioinformatics and constraints  and related  (SAT/ASP/Logic  Programming/ILP) techniques, such as:

  • RNA prediction and motif search
  • protein structure and functional prediction
  • genetic linkage analysis and haplotype inference
  • pedigree reconstruction and diagnosis
  • genomic selection design
  • gene regulatory network inference and analysis
  • biochemical network simulation and visualization
  • solvers for problems in biology
  • metabolic pathway analysis
  • DNA sequence assembly
  • contig scaffolding
  • multiple sequence alignment
  • machine learning and big data
  • ontologies
  • constraint databases
  • logical interfaces to relational databases
  • web services
  • databases integration and federation
  • RDF graphs and tools

Submitted papers can be:

  • Full papers describing new research results
  • Extended Abstracts concerning original (unpublished) results.
  • Abstracts describing ongoing work.
  • System descriptions (with demos at the workshop).
  • Summaries of already accepted or recently published papers/results.
  • Well-motivated proposals of bioinformatics problems for constraint based methods.

Submitted papers should be 3-15 pages long in the LNCS format.

Submissions are managed through EasyChair

Important dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline     June 30
  • Notification to Authors      July 28
  • Final Version                August 18
  • Workshop Date                September 8

Invited Speaker

  • Graham Kemp, Chalmers University, Sweden

Workshop Organizers

  • Nicos Angelopoulos, Imperial College, London, UK
  • Simon de Givry, MIAT INRA, Toulouse, France

Program Committee

  • Pedro Barahona, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Alexander Bockmayr, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
  • Mats Carlsson, SICS AB, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Agostino Dovier, Universita degli Studi di Udine, Italy
  • Francois Fages, INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, France
  • Arun Konagurthu, Monash University, Australia
  • David Lesaint, University of Angers, France
  • Ines Lynce, INESC-ID, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Nigel Martin, Birkbeck College, UK
  • Chris Mungall, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA
  • Alessandro Dal Palu, Universita degli Studi di Parma, Italy
  • Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University, USA
  • Sylvain Soliman, INRIA France
  • Sebastian Will, University Leipzig, Germany
  • Matthias Zytnicki, MIAT INRA, Toulouse, France