The annual BIOKDD workshop is an established forum for researchers and practitioners of Biomedical Informatics and Data Mining to explore cutting-edge techniques and to exchange ideas and experiences. BIOKDD has been successfully held in conjunction with SIGKDD for 16 years.
Biomedical Informatics is the science of managing, mining, and interpreting information from biological and clinical data. In genomics, various genome projects have contributed to an exponential growth in DNA and protein sequence databases, thanks to the rapid advances in high-throughput technologies such as microarrays, mass spectrometry and new/next-generation sequencing. Meanwhile, as medical records are becoming electronic, data analytics and knowledge discovery from these data have been greatly facilitated. The ongoing influx of these data, the pressing need to address complex biomedical challenges, and the gap between the two have collectively created exciting opportunities for data mining researchers.
While tremendous progress has been made over the years, many of the fundamental problems in biomedical informatics, such as protein structure and disease prediction, gene-environment interaction and information extraction from electronic health data have not been convincingly addressed. Besides these, new technologies such as next-generation sequencing and electronization of clinical data are now producing massive amounts of biomedical data; managing, mining and compressing these data raise challenging issues. Finally, there is a pressing need to use these data coupled with efficient and effective computational techniques to build models of complex biological processes and disease phenotypes. Data mining will play an essential role in addressing these fundamental problems and in the development of novel therapeutic/diagnostic/prognostic solutions in the post-genomics era of medicine.