2016 Workshop on Accelerator-Enabled Algorithms and Applications in Bioinformatics
(WACEBI 2016)
in conjunction with IEEE BIBM 2016, Shenzhen, China, December 15 (Thursday), 2016

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Call for Papers

Advances in high-throughput technologies (such as cost-affordable sequencing of whole genomes, population-scale variation screening, or mass spectrometry-based proteomics) are continually propelling related bioinformatics research into the era of big data. This establishes a strong need of sophisticated parallel algorithms and architectures for fast and efficient processing of large-scale biological datasets. To address these challenges, diverse accelerators have been used to accelerate important and computationally demanding applications in Bioinformatics. Typical accelerators include but not limited to FPGAs, GPUs, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, Intel SSE and AVX vector processing units, Micron Automata Processors, and custom hardware chips. Meanwhile, various parallel algorithms inherently enabling to use accelerators have been or are being developed as well.

This workshop focuses on accelerator-enabled parallel algorithms and applications in Bioinformatics, and will award a Best GPU-Paper/Talk Award to an outstanding full paper based on GPU computing or an outstanding invited talk . This award is generously sponsored by NVIDIA Corporation and the prize is one GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card ($1000 worth). We will consider original submissions that (1) use accelerator technologies to address important biological problems, or (2) propose new parallel algorithms and software tools elaborated to have the potential and feasibility to exploit accelerators. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

The WACEBI 2016 workshop will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine 2016 (IEEE BIBM 2016), Shenzhen, China.

Online Submission

Please submit your papers (up to 8 pages IEEE 2-column format) through the online submission system (you can download the format instruction from here). Electronic submissions (in PDF or Postscript format) are required. Accepted papers by this workshop will be published by the IEEE Computer Society. Moreover, we plan to publish selected papers (with technically significant expansion and revision) as a special issue in some highly respected journal. In addition, if you are interested in delivering an invited talk in this workshop, please submit a one-page abstract paper (150 words at minimum) for consideration.


Registration is open together with the IEEE BIBM 2016 main conference and the link to registration is availabe here.

Camera-Ready Submission

Visit IEEE BIBM 2016 Workshop Camera Ready Instruction to submit your final camera-ready papers.

Important Dates

Program Chairs

Yongchao Liu (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Bertil Schmidt (University of Mainz, Germany)

Program Committee Members

Sunita Chandrasekaran (University of Delaware, USA)
Yupeng Chen (Sichuan Normal University, China)
Scott Emrich (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Jorge Gonzalez-Dominguez (University of A Coruna, Spain)
Andreas Hildebrandt (University of Mainz, Germany)
Ananth Kalyanaraman (Washington State University, USA)
Ben Langmead (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Dominique Lavenier (INRIA/IRISA, France)
Tao Li (Nankai University, China)
Weiguo Liu (Shandong University, China)
Ruibang Luo (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Jan Schroeder (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia)
Sharma Thankachan (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Gang Wang (Nankai University, China)
Jaroslaw Zola (The State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)


Yongchao Liu (yliu (at) cc.gatech.edu)
Bertil Schmidt (bertil.schmidt (at) uni-mainz.de)

Best GPU-Paper/Talk Award Sponsor