METMBS'02 Call for Papers and Technical Session Proposals

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Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 12:43:58 MET

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    Dear Colleague,

    I would like to invite you to contribute/participate in an annual international
    conference that takes place in Las Vegas every June.

    The conference is called "Mathematics and Engineering Techniques in Medicine and
    Biological Sciences" (METMBS) with its website at http://metmbs.sdsu.edu/. This
    is a major gathering of various research communities (Parallel and Distributed
    Processing, Artificial Neural Networks, Image Processing, Internet Computing,
    etc.) with twelve conferences (http://www.ashland.edu/~iajwa/conferences/)
    proceeding concurrently in the same location. Last year, the combined event
    attracted nearly 2000 participants from around the world. As before, the
    participants of METMBS can attend any of the seven conferences free of charge.

    Furthermore, the annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (a prestigious
    publication in the field of sciences), has dedicated a 500 page special issue to
    papers from METMBS 2001 - a testimony to the quality of the conference. We
    hope to attract invitations for Journal publications for this year's METMBS as well.

    Moreover, the conference sponsors have agreed, as before, to allocate a
    generous amount of funds to promote the conference and to provide high exposure
    for its proceedings. Some of this money will be spent towards donating a large
    number of conference proceedings to many major libraries/universities around the
    country and the world. As in the previous years, I believe that this will
    provide a high level of exposure to the work presented at this conference and
    those who organize its technical sessions.

    For your information, I have included the call for papers of this
    conference. If you decide to propose a technical session, please send me a
    paragraph describing the focus of the session. The focus need not be one
    that fits under the categories listed bellow, however it needs to be
    relevant to the overall theme of the conference. I look forward to your
    reply and future collaborations.

    With best regards
    Faramarz Valafar

    -----------------------------
    Faramarz Valafar
    Associate Professor
    Department of Computer Science
    San Diego State University

    CALL FOR PAPERS
    ===============

    The 2002 International Conference on Mathematics and Engineering Techniques
    in Medicine and Biological Sciences

    METMBS'02
    http://metmbs.sdsu.edu

    June 24 - 27, 2002
    Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    Call for Papers

    Recent advances in computer technology have provided the tools and the
    environment to study, analyze, and better understand complex systems. This
    technological development has enabled researchers to collect and analyze
    massive amounts of data to a scale previously not possible. The impact of
    this technology is now being felt in the medical field and in the biological
    sciences. In recent years, research in interdisciplinary areas such as
    Bioinformatics and computer assisted medical decision-making has
    dramatically intensified. METMBS'02 aims to provide a platform for
    researchers to present and discuss recent breakthroughs in this area.

    The METMBS'02 Conference will be held concurrently (i.e., same location and
    dates) with a number of other international conferences and workshops
    (PDPTA'02, CISST'02, IC-AI'02, IC'02, CIC'02, ...).

    The last concurrent meeting of this group of conferences in year 2001 had
    research contributions from 52 countries (the events held in Las Vegas had
    over 1400 participants from all over the world.) It is hoped that METMBS'02
    will maintain its strong international flavor in this year's meeting as well
    >.

    You are invited to submit a draft paper of about 5 pages and/or a proposal
    to organize a technical session (see below for submission information). All
    accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

    THE NAMES OF TECHNICAL SESSION CHAIRS WILL APPEAR AS ASSOCIATE EDITORS ON
    THE COVER OF THE CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS.

    SCOPE:

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

    o Bioinformatics: This includes informatics techniques in genomics gene
    sequencing, gene pattern discovery, gene pattern-function studies, and other
    genomics related studies).

    o Data mining in medicine and biological sciences.

    o Pattern recognition in medicine and biological sciences.

    o Signal processing in medicine and biological sciences (e.g. biomedical
    signal processing, etc.)

    o Image processing in medicine and biological sciences (e.g. biomedical
    image processing, biomedical imaging, etc.)

    o Medical decision-making.

    o Medical Physics.

    o Biomedical Engineering.

    o Biomedical Electronics.

    o Biosignal interpretation.

    o Any application of computers in Medicine and biological sciences (protein
    structure-function analysis, drug and protein design, molecular modeling and
    simulation, etc.)

    o Application of information technology in biomedicine (e.g. medical
    database management, information retrieval and use of computers in
    hospitals)

    o Application of Computational Intelligence (artificial neural networks,
    fuzzy logic, and evolutionary computing) in medicine and biological sciences

    o Medical and bio-computing.

    o Computer-based medical systems (automation in medicine, etc.)

    o Recent history (1990-2001) of Mathematics and engineering techniques in
    medicine and biological sciences, and what to expect during the next decade
    (2001-2010); New horizons. Review articles)

    o Other aspects and applications relating to technological advancements in
    medicine and biological sciences.

    SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

    Prospective authors are invited to submit three copies of their draft paper
    (about 5 pages - single space, font size of 10 to 12) to F. Valafar (address
    is given below) by the due date. E-mail and Fax submissions are also
    acceptable. The length of the Camera-Ready papers (if accepted) will be
    limited to 7 (IEEE style) pages. Papers must not have been previously
    published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere.

    The first page of the draft paper should include: title of the paper, name,
    affiliation, postal address, E-mail address, telephone number, and Fax
    number for each author. The first page should also include the name of the
    author who will be presenting the paper (if accepted) and a maximum of 5
    keywords.

    PROPOSAL FOR ORGANIZING TECHNICAL SESSIONS

    Each technical session will have at least 6 paper presentations. The
    session chairs will be responsible for all aspects of their sessions;
    including, soliciting papers, reviewing, selecting, ... The names of
    session chairs will appear as Associate Editors in the conference
    proceedings. After the conference, some sessions will be considered for
    publication in appropriate journals as Special Issues with the session
    proposer as the Guest Editor of the journal.

    Proposals to organize technical sessions should include the following
    information: name and address (+ E-mail) of proposer, title of session, a
    100-word description of the topic of the session, and a short description on
    how the session will be advertised (in most cases, session proposers solicit
    papers from colleagues and researchers whose work is known to the session
    proposer). Mail your proposal to F. Valafar (address is given below);
    E-mail submissions are preferred.

    EVALUATION PROCESS

    Papers will be evaluated for originality, significance, clarity, and
    soundness. Two researchers in the topical area will referee each paper. The
    Camera-Ready papers will be reviewed by one person.

    PUBLICATION

    The conference proceedings will be published by CSREA Press (ISBN) in
    hardcopy. The proceedings will be available at the conference. Some
    accepted papers will also be considered for journal publication (soon after
    the conference). (In addition to the hardcopy, it is also planned to
    publish the papers on a CD.)

    ORGANIZERS/SPONSORS

    A number of university faculty members and their staff in cooperation with
    the Monte Carlo Resort (Conference Division, Las Vegas), will be organizing
    the conference. The conference will be sponsored by World Academy of
    Sciences and co-sponsored by Computer Science Research, Education, &
    Applications Press (CSREA: USA Federal EIN # 58-2171953) together with
    research centers, international associations, international research groups,
    and developers of high-performance machines and systems. The complete list
    of sponsors and co-sponsors will be available at a later time. (Previous
    conferences' sponsors included: CSREA, the National Supercomputing Center
    for Energy and the Environment - DOE, The International Association for
    Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, The International Technology
    Institute (ITI), The Java High Performance Computing research group, World
    Scientific and Engineering Society, Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc.,
    the Computer Vision Research and Applications Tech., ...)

    LOCATION OF CONFERENCE

    The conference will be held in the Monte Carlo Resort hotel Las Vegas,
    Nevada, USA (with any overflows at other near-by hotels). The Monte Carlo
    Resort is a mega hotel with excellent conference facilities and over 3,000
    rooms. The hotel is minutes from the Las Vegas airport with 24-hour shuttle
    service to and from the airport. This hotel has many vacation and
    recreational attractions, including: waterfalls, casino, spa, pools & kiddie
    pools, sunning decks, Easy River water ride, wave pool with cascades,
    lighted tennis courts, health spa (with workout equipment, whirlpool, sauna,
    >...), arcade virtual reality game rooms, nightly shows, snack bars, a number
    of restaurants, shopping area, bars, ... Many of these attractions are open
    24 hours a day and most are suitable for families and children. The
    negotiated hotel's room rate for conference attendees is very reasonable
    (79USD + tax) per night (no extra charge for double occupancy) for the
    duration of the conference.

    The hotel is within walking distance from most other Las Vegas attractions
    (major shopping areas, recreational destinations, fine dining and night
    clubs, free street shows, ...). For the benefit of our international
    colleagues: the state of Nevada neighbors with the states of California,
    Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. Las Vegas is only a few driving hours
    away from other major cities, including: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix,
    Grand Canyon, ...

    EXHIBITION

    An exhibition is planned for the duration of the conference. Interested
    parties should contact F. Valafar (address is given below). All exhibitors
    will be considered to be the co-sponsors of the conference.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Feb. 22, 2002 (Friday): Draft papers (about 5 pages) due
    March 21, 2002 (Thursday): Notification of acceptance
    April 22, 2002 (Monday): Camera-Ready papers & Prereg. due
    June 24-27, 2002: METMBS'02 International Conference

    Proposals to organize technical sessions should be submitted as soon as
    possible. All accepted papers are expected to be presented at the
    conference.

    MEMBERS OF PROGRAM & ORGANIZING COMMITTEES

    The Program Committee is currently being formed. Those interested in
    joining the Program Committee should e-mail F. Valafar (address given below)
    the following information: Name, affiliation and position, complete mailing
    address, e-mail address, tel/fax numbers, a short biography together with
    research interests.

    OTHER INFORMATION

    It is planned to add other related conferences and workshops to be held
    simultaneously (same location and dates) creating an international
    multiconference. Each conference will have its own proceedings and
    technical/research sessions. Proposals to organize international
    conferences or workshops (to be held simultaneously with 2002 events) should
    be sent to Hamid R. Arabnia (hra@cs.uga.edu).

    CONFERENCE CHAIR:

              Professor Faramarz Valafar
              Department of Computer Science
              San Diego State University
              5500 Campanile Drive
              San Diego, CA 92182-7720

              Tel: (619) 594-3742
              Fax: (619) 594-6746
              E-mail: metmbs@sciences.sdsu.edu
              Web: http://metmbs.sdsu.edu

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