CINI InfoLife Laboratory Workshop

Venice (Italy), September 21-23 2017

Important Dates

Abstract Submission:July 21th, 2017
Early Registration deadline:September 8, 2017
Late Registration deadline:September 14, 2017
Workshop:September 21-23, 2017

Organizing Committee

Marta Simeoni , University Ca' Foscari of Venice Antinisca Di Marco, University of L'Aquila
Rosalba Giugno, University of Verona
Giulio Pavesi, University of Milan

Call for Abstract

The workshop is an opportunity for people from Academia, Industries and public institutions working in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology and Medicine fields, to meet and discuss new research directions and collaborations with the final aim of addressing relevant problems in the life science. The main workshop aim is to create synergies among researchers from different research fields, raising a new generation of bioinformatics research groups.

We encourage each interested researcher to submit an extended abstract that briefly describes a novel project idea, or a problem in the Life Science to be addressed and discussed during the meeting. Submitted extended abstracts will be elaborated and suitably aggregated to define the most promising ideas to be explored during the meeting.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Formalisms and models for Life Science problems that emphasize the "semantics" studying their relative completeness and consistency properties and their expressive power.
  • Algorithmic, statistical, combinatorial and analytic methods, with the emphasis on "computational procedures" and relative complexity and efficiency.
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning approaches (Classification, Clustering, Feature Extraction, ...) with the emphasis on the ability to extract significant knowledge to the application domain from large amounts of data.
  • Infrastructure, tools, architectures, services with the emphasis on delivering system and services for the specific application domain.
  • Complex systems and emerging properties with the emphasis on the "system view" and the integration of multiple methods and tools, such as those used in Systems Biology.

A non-exhaustive list of possible domains of application is:

  • Analysis of sequences and assembly of genomes (sequencing algorithms, similarity analysis, evaluation of phylogenetic distances, etc)
  • Simulation of Population Dynamics (e.g., cell population) that includes the definition and simulation of computational models based on the interactions subject to specific constraints and communication / reaction mechanisms.
  • Prediction of molecular structure and functions (e.g., secondary/ tertiary / quaternary protein structures; functional annotation of protein) at various functional levels, as well as prediction of functional semantic annotations of genes and protein products.
  • Interaction and metabolic networks such as protein-protein Interaction networks, gene Regulatory Networks, metabolic networks, and general complex biological phenomena in which the interactions among the system components can be described by a network.
  • Clinical and biomedical Data Management and analysis, for example transcriptomic data (microarray, RNA-seq and its variants, etc ...), biomedical imaging data (RX, MRI, etc ...), clinical and biological data from sensors and instruments (ECG, electronic nose, ECO, etc ...), health data and bio-medical multi-domain, real-time data (data streaming).

Abstract must not exceed 4 pages, including figures and references, in Springer LNCS style. Indication of Project Calls related to the abstract is appreciated. All submissions must be in English. Submissions are handled by EasyChair at link ("

The workshop organization is supported by the Management Committee of the CINI INFOLIFE Laboratory and will be structured as follows:

  1. Presentation of the InfoLife nodes
  2. Presentation of the selected project ideas and creation of the working groups
  3. Parallel working sessions on the selected project ideas
  4. Presentation of the brainstorming results.
The workshop follows two previous meetings of the CINI InfoLife Laboratory organized in Rome (2015) and Pisa (2016). The 2017 workshop formula aims at reflecting the maturity of the laboratory community and promoting the cross-fertilization and collaboration among the different research groups.

Invited Speakers


The InfoLife workshop will be held at CFZ – Ca’ Foscari Zattere / Cultural Flow Zone, Zattere al Pontelungo, Dorsoduro 1392, 30123 Venezia.

The InfoLife workshop will be co-located with the Wivace Workshop (19-21 September 2017) that will be held at CFZ as well. The WIVACE topics are close to the ones of the INFOLIFE CINI Laboratory, hence the participation to both workshops is encouraged.

Suggested Hotels

Here follows a list of suggested hotels. September is a high season period in Venice and is therefore recommended to book an accommodation well in advance.

Hotels in Venice downtown
  • Hotel Alboretti, Dorsoduro, Accademia 884, Rio Terrà Foscarini, 30120 Venezia
    average price: 120 - 202€
  • Foresteria Fondazione Levi, San Marco 2893, 30124 Venezia
    Single rooms: 170€, Double rooms: 230€ Some rooms have been reserved until mid July (cite the InfoLife workshop)
  • Hotel Belle Arti, Rio Terrà Foscarini, 912/A, Dorsoduro 30123 Venezia
    average price: 160 - 180€
  • Hotel Domus Cavanis, Dorsoduro 896, 30123 Venezia
    average price: 160 - 180€
  • Hotel American, Dorsoduro 628, Venezia
    average price: 110 - 170€
  • Hotel al Sole, Santa Croce 134-136, 30124 Venezia
    average price: 125 - 140€
  • Hotel La Fenice et des artistes, Campiello della Fenice, San Marco 1936, 30124 Venezia
    average price: 128 - 195€
  • Hotel Canal, Santa Croce 553 30135
    average price: 140 - 190€
  • Hotel Falier, Salizada San Pantalon, Santa Croce 130, 30135 Venezia
    average price: 110 - 170€
  • Hotel Santa Marina, Calle Seco Marina, 6068, 30122 Venezia
    average price 160 - 180€
  • Istituto Canossiano San Trovaso, Fondamenta de le Romite, Dorsoduro 1323, 30123 Venezia
    Double room 99€, Double as single 90€, breakfast not included
    Some rooms have been reserved until mid June (cite the InfoLife workshop)
  • Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Zattere 909/A, Dorsoduro, 30123 Venezia
    Average price 170-200€
Hotels in Mestre

Tourist Information

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Early registration fees are as follows:

Early registration deadline is September 8, 2017

Late registration fees are as follows:

Late registration deadline is September 14, 2017

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After September 14, 2017 it will no longer be possible to register.

The InfoLife workshop will be co-located with the Wivace Workshop (19-21 September 2017). Participants to any of the two workshops will be allowed to attend both events on Thursday 21 without additional fee.


The Infolife workshop starts on Thursday 21th at 14.00. We invite all participants to the have a look at the Wivace program for the same day.

INFOLIFE2017 - program

Please find here the detailed program.


Marta Simeoni: marta[dot]simeoni[at]unive[dot]it
Antinisca Di Marco: antinisca[dot]dimarco[at]univaq[dot]it
Rosalba Giugno: rosalba[dot]giugno[at]univr[dot]it
Giulio Pavesi: giulio[dot]pavesi[at]unimi[dot]it