Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Healthcare and Life Sciences
Swat4ls Conference in Basel, 13-16 Feb 2023

Call for Papers

The SWAT4HCLS conference will take place in person* in Basel (Switzerland), Feb 13 – 16, 2023We welcome original contributions to the program, covering the use of semantic technologies across the life sciences and healthcare spectrum. We welcome original research, experiences, position papers and this year also example of “data” submissions. We will continue to support remote participation via live streaming and engagement via chat.

The call for papers is now open.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Semantic Web and Data Centric Infrastructures and Resources in Healthcare and Life Science

  • Architectures and algorithms to support volume and scale, rapid knowledge changes and heterogeneity
  • Semantic querying, data validation languages, knowledge graphs, rule-based systems.
  • Infrastructures supporting provenance, traceability, trust and reproducibility
  • Information visualization and exploratory analysis methods
  • Biomedical ontologies, rules and medical standards for interoperability
  • Semantic workflow technologies and semantic web services applied in life sciences.
  • Semantic Web technologies in FAIR data and open data ecosystems
  • Semantic scientific publishing in the life sciences, medicine and healthcare, public health
  • Semantic infrastructures for patient-centric healthcare data ecosystems

Knowledge representation, Semantic Web and AI in Healthcare and the Life Sciences

  • Explainable AI and semantics
  • Ontology based neural symbolic reasoning and learning
  • Machine learning and data mining methods for Semantic Web data
  • Knowledge-driven ML and data mining
  • NLP and text mining using semantic technologies
  • Clinical Intelligence from Electronic Health Records (EHRs), patient data and clinical trial data
  • Applications of Solid https://solid.mit.edu/
  • FHIR

Semantic Web and FAIR data applications across Healthcare and Life Science Communities

  • Semantic Web and FAIR data in translational medicine and personalized medicine
  • Semantic Web and FAIR data in drug discovery and drug repurposing
  • Semantic Web and FAIR data in bioimaging
  • Semantic Web and FAIR data in agriculture, food and nutrition
  • Semantic Web and FAIR data in biodiversity
  • Semantic Web and FAIR for  SARS-CoV-2

Important Dates

Submission deadlines:

  • Full paper submission (long, short and position papers, and reports on negative results): November 21, 2022 November 28, 2022 (Extended)
    • We invite authors to enter a provisional abstract ahead of full submission to facilitate the review process.
  • Posters, demos and “data in use” paper submissions: December 5, 2022 December 14, 2022 (Extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: December 19, 2022
    • Note: Notification of acceptance for posters, demos and “data in use” paper submissions submitted after Dec. 5 might be later. Please contact us if this is an issue.
  • Camera-ready due: January 9, 2023

Conference Dates:

  • Tutorials: Monday February 13, 2023
  • Main Conference: Tuesday and Wednesday February 14 – 15, 2023
  • Hackathon: Thursday February 16, 2023

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference/workshop. We welcome the following type of contributions: long papers (introducing novel research contributions), negative results, short papers (presenting early results or work in progress), position papers (introducing an idea and discussion around it), demo papers (presenting tools, software, applications, etc.), posters, “data in use” (showcase of federated queries over multiple “FAIR” datasets). Submissions will be evaluated by at least three members of the Programme Committee. Accepted papers will be part of the proceedings of the CEUR conference proceedings and will be publicly available under CC-by 4.0 license.

  • All submissions will be handled via EasyChair, submit yours here.
  • All papers and posters must be in English and submitted in pdf using the one-column variant of CEURART style.  Submissions can also be LNCS format (mirror at archive.org) but will need to be converted to CEURART for the camera-ready version.
  • Submissions for long papers (including negative results) must be a maximum of 10 pages.
  • Submissions for short papers and position papers must be a maximum of 5 pages.
  • Submissions for demos, posters abstract and “data in use” must be a maximum of two pages.

Special Issue

Selected papers will be invited to be submitted to special issue of the BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making associated to SWAT4HCLS (details in process).

Programme Committee

Provisional programme committee

  • Andrea Splendiani, IQVIA, CH
  • Atsuko Yamaguchi, Tokyo City University, JP
  • Tarcisio M. Farias, SIB, CH
  • Leyla Jael Castro, ZB MED, DE
  • Yasunori Yamamoto, Database Center for Life Science, JP
  • Ernesto Jimenez-Ruiz, City, University of London and the Alan Touring Institute, UK
  • M. Scott Marshall, Annalect, NL
  • Christopher Baker, Rothamsted Research, UK
  • Toshiaki Katayama, Database Center for Life Science, JP
  • Michel Dumontier, Maastricht University, NL
  • Erick Antezana, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Bayer CropScience, BE
  • Olivier Dameron, University of Rennes 1, FR
  • Frederic B. Bastian, University of Lausanne, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CH
  • Martin Romacker, F. Hoffmann-LaRoche, CH
  • Albert Burger, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Philippe Rocca-Serra, Oxford e-Research Center and AstraZeneca, UK
  • Panos Alexopoulos, Textkernel B.V., NL
  • Olivier Bodenreider, US National Library of Medicine, US
  • Katy Wolstencroft, Leiden University, NL
  • Janna Hastings, University College London, University of Zurich and University of St. Gallen, CH
  • Phillip Lord, Newcastle University, UK

*Conference presentations and some activities will be offered online (e.g., some tutorials) or hybrid (e.g., hackathon).