Call for participation: ANNIMAB-1, an international conference on

Subject: Call for participation: ANNIMAB-1, an international conference on
From: Daniel Ruhe (
Date: Tue Mar 14 2000 - 15:11:15 MET

Below you can find the most recent information about a new conference of
interest for researchers in medicine, biology, statistics, AI and artificial
neural networks. For more information about the conference, including the
full program and abstracts of all contributions, see:

Call for participation:

an international conference on
Artificial Neural Networks In Medicine And Biology
Goteborg, Sweden, May 13-16, 2000


Conference Description
Schedule of Events
Invited Lectures
Social Program
Scientific Program Committee
The Organisers


Artificial neural network (ANN) techniques are currently being used for many
data analysis and modelling tasks in clinical medicine as well as in
theoretical biology, and the possible applications of ANNs in these fields
are countless. The ANNIMAB-1 conference will summarise the state of the art,
analyse the relations between ANN techniques and other available methods,
and point to possible future biological and medical uses of ANNs. It has
three main themes:

1. Medical applications of artificial neural networks: for better
diagnoses and predictions from clinical and laboratory data, in the analysis
of ECG and EEG signals, in medical image analysis, for the handling of
medical databases, etc.

2. Uses of ANNs in biology outside clinical medicine: for example, in
models of ecology and evolution, for data analysis in molecular biology and
in models of animal and human nervous systems and their capabilities.

3. Theoretical aspects: recent developments in learning algorithms, ANNs
in relation to expert systems and traditional statistical procedures,
possible roles of ANNs in the medical decision process, etc.

ANNIMAB-1 features forty-two presentations of submitted papers organised
into six oral sessions and a poster session. There will also be nine invited
papers presented by highly renowned authorities in the field, covering a
broad range of issues in the theory of artificial neural networks and their
application to medicine and biology.

In order to facilitate the participation of medical and biological
scientists with only limited knowledge of ANN techniques, but also to
introduce mathematicians and statisticians to the main medical and
biological applications of ANNs, the first half-day of the conference offers
a set of overview lectures, giving up-to-date information about ongoing
research in these fields.

The Proceedings of the ANNIMAB-1 conference are published in the series
Perspectives in Neural Computing (Springer-Verlag London). The proceeding
will be available at the conference and are included in the conference fee.

ANNIMAB-1 is the first international conference having artificial neural
networks in medicine and biology as its exclusive topic. Participation in
the conference hence offers an unique opportunity to be informed of recent
developments in this rapidly expanding field.


Saturday, May 13

12.00-13.00 Welcome Address and Opening Lecture: Introduction to ANNs in
Biology and Medicine (Helge Malmgren, Goteborg University)

13.00 Lunch

14.15-15.15 Overview and Update: Neural Computation in Medicine (Richard
Dybowski, King's College, London)

15.45-16.45 Overview and Update: Biological Applications of ANNs (Pierre
Baldi, California Institute of Technology)

17.15-18.00 Keynote Speech (Teuvo Kohonen, Helsinki University of

19.00 => Welcome Party

Sunday, May 14

9.00-12.30 AM Session
Keynote Speech (Georg Dorffner, University of Vienna)
Oral Session: Medical Image Analysis

12.30 Lunch

13.45-18.20 PM Sessions
Keynote Speech (Pierre Baldi, California Institute of Technology)
Oral Session: Medical Signal Processing
Oral Session: Biological Applications

18.30 => Poster Session and Buffet Dinner

Monday, May 15

9.00-12.45 AM Session
Keynote Speech (Gail Carpenter, Boston University)
Oral Session: Clinical Applications

12.45 Lunch

13.45-16.15 PM Session
Keynote Speech (Anders Lansner, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Oral Session: Biological Modelling

18.00 => Steamboat trip to Marstrand with Conference Dinner

Tuesday, May 16

9.00-12.00 AM Session
Keynote Speech (Wayne Getz, University of California, Berkeley)
Oral Session: Learning Methods & Hybrid Algorithms

12.15 - 13.00 Summing up (Paulo Lisboa, Liverpool John Moores University)

13.00 => Lunch & Closing Remarks


Pierre Baldi, California Institute of Technology:
Biological Applications of Artificial Neural Networks
Protein ▀-Sheet Partner Prediction by Neural Networks

Gail Carpenter, Dept. of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University:
ART Neural Networks for Medical Data Analysis and Fast Distributed Learning

Georg Dorffner, Dept. of Medical Cybernetics and Artifical Intelligence,
University of Vienna:
Modelling Uncertainty in Biomedical Applications of Neural Networks

Richard Dybowski, Intensive Care Unit (Div. of Medicine), King's College,
Neural Computation in Medicine: Perspectives and Prospects

Wayne Getz, Div. of Insect Biology, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Policy
& Management, Univ. of California, Berkeley:
Discriminating Gourmets, Lovers and Enophiles? Neural Nets Tell All About
Locusts, Toads, and Roaches

Teuvo Kohonen, Neural Networks Research Centre, Helsinki University of
An Unsupervised Learning Method that Produces Organized Representations
from Real Information

Anders Lansner, Dept. of Numerical Analysis and Computing Science (NADA),
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm:
On Forgetful Attractor Network Memories

Paulo Lisboa, School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool John
Moores University:
Outstanding Issues for Clinical Decision Support with Neural Networks


The social program includes a welcome party on Saturday, a buffet dinner in
connection with the poster session on Sunday, and finally on Monday, a trip
with the steamer Bohuslan to the old coastal town of Marstrand where a
conference dinner is served.


The size of the conference will be limited to 225 participants. Registration
may be done in advance or, if places are available, on-site.

The regular registration fee is SEK 3250 (before April 10th, 2000) or SEK
3750 (after April 10th). For student discounts and prices for accompanying
persons, please go to our website or directly to the registration form:

You may also download the registration form in pdf-format at:

The registration fee includes access to all presentations, the welcome party
(Saturday), buffet dinner (Sunday), steamboat trip and dinner (Monday),
lunches and coffee, refreshments during breaks, and a copy of conference
For accompanying persons there is a subsidised package including lunches,
Sunday buffet dinner, and a 4-day public transportation pass. Extra tickets
can also be reserved for the steamboat trip with dinner (Monday).


The conference takes place at Quality Hotel 11, which is beautifully
situated at the northern bank of Gota River in Goteborg. Conference
participants can stay at Quality Hotel 11 at a special price. We also
recommend the hotel Novotel at the south bank of the river, with fast ferry
transfer to the conference.


Dr. Rod Adams, Faculty of Information Sciences, University of Hertfordshire
Prof. Charles W. Anderson, Dept. of Computer Science, Colorado State
Prof. Soren Brunak, Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Dept. of
Biotechnology, The Technical Univ. of Denmark
Dr. Bo Cartling, Department of Theoretical Physics, Royal Institute of
Technology, Stockholm
Prof. Rich Caruana, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University,
Dr. Richard Dybowski, Medical Informatics Laboratory, Department of
Medicine, St Thomas' Hospital, London
Prof. Peter Erdi Department of Biophysics, KFKI Research Institute, Budapest
Prof. Laurene V. Fausett, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University
of South Carolina Aiken
Prof. Bernard Fertil, INSERM U494 Imagerie MÚdicale Quantitative, Paris
Prof. Wulfram Gerstner, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Dr. Roy Goodacre, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Wales
Prof. Stephen Grossberg, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston
Prof. Torgny Groth, BMSA, University Hospital, Uppsala
Prof. Juha Karhunen, Laboratory of Computer and Information Science,
Helsinki University of Technology
Prof. Samuel Kaski, Neural Networks Research Centre, Helsinki University of
Prof. Hans Knutsson Computer Vision Laboratory, Department of Electrical
Engineering, Linkoping University
Prof. Paulo Lisboa, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences,
Liverpool John Moores University
Prof. Giovanni Magenes, Dipartimento di Informatica eSistemistica,
University of Pavia
Dr. Rainer Malaka, European Media Laboratory, Heidelberg
Dr. Hanspeter A. Mallot, Max-Planck-Institut fur biologische Kybernetik,
Prof. Pietro G. Morasso, Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e
Telematica (DIST), UniversitÓ di Genova
Dr. Ian Nabney, Neural Computing Research Group, Aston University,
Dr. Mattias Ohlsson, Department of Theoretical Physics, Lund University
Dr. Steve Phelps, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Gamboa, Panama
Prof. Tomaso Poggio, Brain Sciences Department and Artificial Intelligence
Lab, MIT
Prof. John G Taylor, Department of Mathematics, King's College, London


The ANNIMAB-1 conference is arranged by the ANNIMAB Society (ANNIMAB-S),
which is based at Goteborg University (GU) and is associated with several
other groups working with biological or medical applications of neural
networks. For further information about the conference and the Society,
write to:

Dept. of Philosophy
Goteborg University
Box 200
SE-405 30 Goteborg

Phone: (+46) 31 773 5573
Fax: (+46) 31 773 5159

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