Swat4hcls conference Leiden 2024

Call for Papers

We would like to warmly invite you to submit your recent work to the 2024 edition of the Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life Science conference (SWAT4HCLS 2024) that will be held in Leiden from the 26th to the 29th of February 2024.  

SWAT4HCLS will publish work in the form of papers, posters, and demonstrations on original research, data, semantic models, and application experiences. As a guide, please consider the topics of interest. 

Submission link: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/6423/submitter

Topics of interest

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

Using semantic and web technologies for Health Care and Life Sciences

  • Examples and recent advances from bioimaging, agriculture, food science, biodiversity, molecular biology, translational and personalised medicine, drug development, specific diseases (rare, undiagnosed, infectious, oncology).
  • Examples of querying, validation, visualisation, federated analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, knowledge graphs, using FAIR data, use of personal health data, clinical intelligence from electronic health records.
  • Demonstrations of repurposing tools, including previously published Semantic Web tools.
  • Demonstration of trans-disciplinary collaboration and citizen science.

Semantic web methods and tools for Healthcare and Life Sciences

  • Explainable AI, neural symbolic reasoning, knowledge-driven machine learning and data mining, Large Language models, NLP and text mining.
  • Interoperability of knowledge representation (e.g. GBIF, OMOP, FHIR, GA4GH, OBO foundry, mapping standards), ontologies, rules.
  • Data stewardship, provenance, trust and reproducibility, sustainability, adoption (including failures!), data publishing.
  • FAIR-based federated architecture, semantic workflow technologies, person-centric and privacy preserving infrastructure. 

Special topics for the time and location

We would love to hear how your applications and tools can impact these areas!

  • FAIR principles. 2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the Lorentz workshop in Leiden where the FAIR principles were born  (Wilkinson et al., 2016; https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.18).
  • International Rare Disease day, February 29. Rare diseases are an important stakeholder in semantic web applications and tools: not enough data per location, privacy-sensitive, extremely identifiable, large societal impact (7% of the population, often severe and from early childhood).
  • Agroscience, food science, and biodiversity. The Netherlands has a tradition in these areas and Leiden is the home of the renowned national biodiversity centre Naturalis. 

Types of Submission

The following types of submissions for SWAT4HCLS 2024 are invited:

Long papers (up to 10 pages): 

  • Research papers – Original research on a topic of interest to the SWAT4HCLS audience.
  • In-use papers – New applications and tool descriptions addressing a topic of interest to the SWAT4HCLS audience.

Short papers (up to 5 pages):

  • Position papers, application notes, discovery notes, using Semantic Web applications and tools.

Posters and Demonstrations (up to 2 pages):

  • Ongoing work, exciting preliminary results, updates to “in use” applications.
  • Application abstracts by life science and health care researchers.
  • Working demonstrations of new, revived or updated tools (even if previously published). 

Tutorials (up to 5 pages):

  • Tutorial proposals should include title, acronym (if applicable), abstract, responsible tutors and/or facilitators, audience and required skills, links to previous versions of this tutorial (if applicable), mode (in-person or hybrid, please be aware that at least one facilitator must attend on-site), maximum number of participants
  • Tutorials will run for half a day (3-4 hours, including coffee break)

Important Dates (AOE Timezone):

Tutorial submission: Sunday, 30 September 2023

Tutorial acceptance notification: Monday, 16 of October 2023

Abstract submission open: Monday, 23 October 2023

Full paper submission: Tuesday, 26 November 2023

Posters and demo submissions: Tuesday, 12 December 2023

Notification of acceptance for papers, posters and demos: Monday, 15 January 2024

Instructions for Authors

Accepted submissions will be part of the proceedings of the CEUR conference proceedings and will be publicly available under CC-by 4.0 licence. 

  • All submissions must be in English and submitted in pdf using the one-column variant of CEURART style
  • Submissions for long papers (including negative results) must be a maximum of ten pages.
  • Submissions for short papers and position papers must be a maximum of five pages.
  • Submissions for demonstrations, posters, data, models, and applications must be a maximum of two pages.
  • Submissions for tutorials should be a maximum of five pages.
  • Contributions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Program Committee.