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    The 2001 International Conference on Mathematics and Engineering

    Techniques in Medicine and Biological Sciences

    METMBS'2001 (Extended deadline: March 22)

    June 25 - 28, 2001

    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'2001 aims to provide a platform for

    researchers to present and discuss recent breakthroughs in this area.

    The METMBS'2001 Conference will be held concurrently (i.e., same location

    and dates) with a number of international conferences: International

    Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and

    Applications (PDPTA'2001), the International Conference on Imaging Science,

    Systems, and Technology (CISST'2001), International Conference on Internet

    computing (IC'2001), ...

    The last concurrent meeting of this group of conferences in year 2000 had

    research contributions from 46 countries (the events held in Las Vegas had

    over 1100 participants from all over the world.) It is hoped that

    METMBS'2001 will maintain its strong international flavor in this year's

    meeting as well.

    You are invited to submit a draft paper of about 4 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.




    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


    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 (1990-1999) of Mathematics and engineering techniques in

    medicine and biological sciences, and what to expect during the next decade

    (2000-2009); New horizons. Review articles)

    o Other aspects and applications relating to technological advancements in

    medicine and biological sciences.


    Prospective authors are invited to submit three copies of their draft paper

    (about 4 pages) to F. Valafar (address is given below) by March 22, 2001.

    E-mail and Fax submissions are also acceptable. The length of the

    Camera-Ready papers (if accepted) will be limited to 7 pages. Papers must

    not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication


    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



    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 the 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 Professor F. Valafar (address is given below); E-mail

    submissions are preferred.


    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.


    The conference proceedings will be published by CSREA Press (ISBN). The

    proceedings will be available at the conference. Some accepted papers will

    also be considered for journal publication (soon after the conference).


    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 Computer Science

    Research, Education, & Applications Press (CSREA: USA Federal EIN #

    58-2171953) in cooperation 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.

    The last conference's 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., and more.


    The conference will be held in the Monte Carlo Resort Hotel, Las Vegas,

    Nevada, USA. This is a mega hotel with excellent conference facilities and

    over 3000 rooms. The hotel is minutes from the Las Vegas airport with free

    shuttles 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

    ($79 + 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, and more).

    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 and

    attractions, including: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon,

    and more.


    An exhibit is planned for the duration of the conference. We have reserved

    20+ exhibit spaces. Interested parties should contact F. Valafar (address

    is given below). All exhibitors will be considered to be the co-sponsors of

    the conference.


    March 22, 2001 (Thursday): Draft papers (about 4 pages) due

    April 2, 2001 (Monday): Notification of acceptance

    May 1, 2001 (Tuesday): Camera-Ready papers & Prereg. due

    June 25 - 28, 2001: METMBS'2001 Conference

    Proposals to organize technical sessions should be submitted as soon as

    possible. All accepted papers are expected to be presented at the



    The Program Committee is currently being formed. Those interested in

    joining the Program Committee should e-mail F. Valafar (

    the following information: Name, affiliation and position, complete mailing

    address, e-mail address, tel/fax numbers, a short biography together with

    research interests.


    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 it's own proceedings and

    technical/research sessions.


    Faramarz Valafar

    Cognitive and Neural Systems

    Boston University

    677 Beacon Street

    Boston, MA 02215

    Fax: (617) 353-7755


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