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The role of the tutorials is to provide a platform for a more intensive scientific exchange amongst researchers interested in a particular topic and as a meeting point for the community. Tutorials complement the depth-oriented technical sessions by providing participants with broad overviews of emerging fields. A tutorial can be scheduled for 1.5 or 3 hours.

Hesham Ali
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Innovative Data Analysis and Integration Tools in Bioinformatics:

A Case Study in Aging Research

The last few years have witnessed significant developments in various aspects of Biomedical Informatics, including Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics, Public Health Informatics, and Biomedical Imaging. The explosion of medical and biological data requires an associated increase in the scale and sophistication of the automated systems and intelligent tools to enable the researchers to take full advantage of the available databases. This ranges from the effective storage of data and their associated data models, to the design of efficient algorithms to automate the data mining procedures, and also to the development of advanced software systems to support data integration. With more researchers taking on Bioinformatics projects that integrate theoretical and applied concepts from both Bioscience as well as Computational Sciences, Biomedical informatics is quickly emerging as the most exciting field of research in this century. In this tutorial, we present an overview of the state of discipline for Biomedical Informatics with a focus on the nature and diverse of the available data as well as data collection tools. We make a case for the need for smarter and more advanced data integration and data analysis tools. Such tools are desperately needed to connect the datasets and obtain useful information that can be used for better medical discoveries and patient care. We present examples of recently developed intelligent tools and expert systems that produced exciting results that could not have been obtained without such innovative integration. We then focus on a case study in aging research to illustrate the proposed integration and analysis tools.
Data analysis, Bioinformatics tools, Data Minig Algorithms, Biological networks, Graph modeling, Aging Research.

- Provide an overview of the exciting disciplines of Biomedical Informatics, including medical, public health and bio informatics with a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of these fields of study;
- Introduce the main computational problems in biomedical research with a focus on data collecting and analysis related problems, then survey the current available algorithmic tools and address the advantages and the shortcoming of each tool;
- Introduce the audience to the concept of intelligent data integrating and analysis tools.
Such tools are critical to leverage data collected from different resources to produce useful information that can further advance biomedical research and has the potential lead to new discoveries directly related to patient care.

Biography of Hesham Ali
Hesham H. Ali is a Professor of Computer Science and the Lee and Wilma Seaman Distinguished Dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He is also the director of UNO Bioinformatics Core Facility that supports a large number of biomedical research projects in Nebraska. He has published numerous articles in various IT areas including scheduling, distributed systems, wireless networks, and Bioinformatics. He has also published two books in scheduling and graph algorithms, and several book chapters in Bioinformatics. He is currently serving as the PI or Co-PI of several projects funded by NSF, NIH and Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) in the areas of wireless networks and Bioinformatics. He has been leading a Bioinformatics Research Group at UNO that focuses on developing innovative computational approaches to identify and classify biological organisms. The research group is currently developing new graph theoretic models for assembling short reads obtained from high throughput instruments, as well as employing a novel correlation networks approach for integrating and analyzing large heterogeneous biological data associated with various biomedical research areas. He has also been leading two funded projects for developing secure wireless infrastructure and using wireless technologies to study mobility profiling for aging research.

The tutorial is designed for three hours.


Basile Spyropoulos
Biomedical Technology Laboratory of TEI of Athens

An Introduction to Industrial Property Rights aspects related to BME


Innovation has become synonymous of competitiveness, however, the increasing importance for Industrial Property (IP) Rights, and more specific for Patent-information, is often disregarded in academic Biomedical Technology and Medical Informatics research. The "ossified" knowledge and other technical information available in IP-documents are still underestimated in Academia, due to a lack of awareness and understanding of their function and advantages. IP-laws are concerned with the legal regulation of mental products, and they facilitate the cooperation of Industry and Academia, however, there is almost no training provided for Medicine, Engineering and Science graduate students. Having a very positive experience in offering courses on IP-Rights, for graduate students in our Department, since 2003, a Tutorial is proposed, aiming the acquaintance of mainly young professionals, with the basics of IP-Rights, focused on BME. The Tutorial will address relevant aspects of IP such as, the origin and the historical development of IP-protection, Trade-Secrets, Trademark, Publicity-Rights and Moral-Rights, Copyright, Patent International Protection, Licensing, Royalties, etc. Another goal is focusing on equipment and software classification, information retrieval out of patent documents and their use in research projects, by the employment of the Esp@cenet, the specialized Internet based search-engine of the European Patent Office and other similar services. The prediction potential of IP-Documents concerning the development course of emerging technologies, is another important advantage that will be examined. This is obtained by evaluating relevant IP-Documents and combining premature hints, often embedded in patent applications, and aiming to extend the claimed legal and technical protection. The determination of collective technological and capital-investment trends in a technical field, by "mapping" related IP-documents, is a further ability of IP. Finally, a last "hidden-capacity"of IP-Document evaluation, is the identification of Ethical and Legal aspects of emerging technologies, out of properly selected and assessed relevant documents.

Industrial Property Rights, Patent-search, Patent-mapping, Biomedical Engineering and Informatics Research.

Biography of Basile Spyropoulos
Vasileios (Basile) P. Spyropoulos, born in Thessalonica, Greece on August 5th, 1953, received a B.Sc. Degree in Physics, from the University of Athens, Greece in 1976, and a Ph.D. Degree in Medical Physics from the Universities of Heidelberg and Saarland, Germany, in 1982. He held positions in the ISR-Division of CERN, Switzerland, in the Radiology and Clinical Chemistry Institutes of the Medical School of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, he was Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department of the Public Enterprise for Hospital Construction, Athens, Greece, and he served as Patent Examiner, in the European Patent Office, Munich, Germany. Since 1987, he is full Professor of Biomedical Technology, in the Biomedical Engineering Department, of the Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Athens, Greece and he served or still serves as Visiting Professor in the National School of Public Health, Athens, Greece, University of Patras Medical School, Greece, National School of Public Administration, Athens, Greece, Greek Army Medical Corps Applications' School, Athens, Greece, University of Athens Department of Informatics, Greece, University of Heidelberg Medical School, Germany, Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, National Nuclear Physics and High-Energy Physics Institute (NIKHEF), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, University of Crete, Greece, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA. He leads the Biomedical Technology Laboratory of TEI of Athens, encompassing activities related to Health-Care Information Technology, Biomedical Technology and Hospital Management, Medical Decision Supporting Systems, and Radiological Protection Methods and Policies. Over 340 contributions in Scientific Journals and Conferences and 9 Volumes of Lecture-Notes.

The tutorial is designed for three hours.