The 8th International Workshop on 
High Performance Computing Systems for Biomedical, Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
(BILIS 2020)


As part of 
The 18th International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2020)
25 - 29 January 2021
Barcelona, Spain (Virtual/Online event)

 Paper Submission Deadline: 02 October 2020 - Extended

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters

SPECIAL THEME: High Performance Computing and Modeling & Simulation Response to Pandemics
Incorporating new advancements of Information Technology (IT) in general and High Performance Computing (HPC) in particular in the domain of Life Sciences and Biomedical Research continues to receive tremendous attention of researchers, biomedical institutions and the rest of the biomedical community. Although medical instruments have benefited a great deal from the technological advances of the couple of decades, the impact of integrating IT advancements in addressing critical problems in biomedical research remains limited and the process of penetrating IT tools in the medical profession continues to be a very challenging problem. 

Due to the computational intensive problems in life sciences, the marriage between the Biomedical Informatics domain and high performance computing is critical to the advancement of Biosciences. In addition, the problems in this domain tend to be highly parallelizable and deal with large datasets. The Bioinformatics domain is rich in applications that require extracting useful information from very large and continuously growing sequence of databases. Most methods used for analyzing sequences are computationally intensive, providing motivation for the use of powerful computational systems with high throughput.  Moreover, high-throughput wet lab platforms are producing a huge amount of experimental "omics" data.  The increasing availability of omics data poses new challenges to bioinformatics applications that need to face in a semi-automatic way an overwhelming availability of raw data. 

The workshop attempts to attract innovative ways of how to extract knowledge from such massive raw via Bioinformatics and Biomedical Informatics research, particularly in taking advantage of the new advancements in HPC systems. The focus of data analysis and data mining tools in biomedical research highlights the current state of research in the key biomedical research areas such as bioinformatics, medical informatics and biomedical imaging. Addressing performance concerns in managing and accessing medical data, while facilitating the ability to integrate and correlate different biomedical databases remains an outstanding problem in biomedical research. The amount of available biomedical data continues to grow in an exponential rate; however, the impact of utilizing such resources remains minimal. The development of innovative tools in HPC environments to integrate, analyze and mine such data sources is a key step towards achieving large impact levels. 

The BILIS Workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following
  • Techniques, platforms, and solutions to assist healthcare workers better treat world-wide pandemics
  • General public support approaches to better protect them from potential risks and exposures
  • HPC for the Analysis of Biological Data
  • Bioinformatics Tools for Health Care
  • Parallel Algorithms for Bioinformatics Applications
  • Integration and Analysis of Molecular and Clinical Data
  • Algorithms and Tools for Biomedical Imaging and Medical Signal Processing
  • Energy Aware Scheduling Techniques for Large Scale Biomedical Applications
  • Next Generation Sequencing and Advanced Tools for DNA Assembly 
  • HPC for Gene, Protein/RNA Analysis and Structure Prediction
  • Biocuration and Gene Ontology Annotation
  • Identification of Biomarkers
  • Biomedical Visualization Tools
  • Efficient Clustering and Classification Algorithms
  • HPC for Correlation/co-occurrence Networks in Biomedical Research 
  • Data Mining Techniques in Biomedical Applications
  • Heterogeneous Data Integration
  • HPC systems for Ontology and Database Integration
  • Pattern Recognition and Search Tools in Biological and Clinical Databases
  • Ubiquitous Medical Knowledge Discovery and Exchange
  • Drug Design and Modeling
  • Computer Assisted Surgery and Medical Procedures
  • Remote Patient Monitoring, Homecare Applications
  • Mobile and Wireless Healthcare and Biomedical Applications
  • Cloud Computing for Bioinformatics, Medicine, and Health Systems 
You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to HPC for Bioinformatics, Healthcare and Life Sciences. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere until it appears in HPCS proceedings, in the case of acceptance, or notified otherwiseSubmission can be for
-  Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. 
-  Short papers (up to 4 pages), please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 4 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript.
-  Poster papers and Posters (please refer to  for posters submission details) will also be considered. 

Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments. 

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the Workshop's paper submission site at Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission. 

Conference Policies
Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and soundness, presentation, language, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend (virtually) the HPCS 2020 conference to present the paper at the Symposium as scheduled. By submitting the paper to the HPCS conference, all authors agree to abide by all HPCS conference paper submission, publication and presentation policies as well as following ethical and professional codes of conduct, including those of the professional co-sponsoring organizations. For more information, please refer to the Authors Info and Registration Info pages

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the HPCS 2020 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE or ACM Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly. 

Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version, selected for possible publication in a reputable journal as special issue. Detailed information will soon be announced and will be made available on the conference website. 

If you have any questions about paper submission or the Workshop, please contact the Workshop's organizers.


Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- 02 October 2020 - Extended
Acceptance Notifications: -------------------------------------09 October 2020
Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ----------- 16 October 2020
Conference Dates: --------------------------------------------- 25 - 29 January 2021

International Program Committee*:  
All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the Workshop's technical program committee members following similar criteria used in HPCS 2020 and will be published as part of the HPCS 2020 Proceedings.
  • Larbi Boubchir, LIASD research Lab., University of Paris 8, Paris, France
  • José María Cecilia-Canales, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Kathryn Cooper, University of Nebraska - Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  • David Hill, CNRS UMR 6158 LIMOS - Blaise Pascal University, France
  • Pietro Hiram GuzziLaboratory of Bioinformatics, University of Catanzaro, Italy
  • Maria Mirto, CACT-National Nanotechnology Laboratory and the University of Lecce, Italy

(* Committee formation is pending and will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL:  or  or contact one of the Conference's organizers.