Special issue on Clusters, Clouds and Grids for Life Sciences (LIFE2019)

Submission deadline: 15 June 2019

"Future Generation Computer Systems", a forum for the publication of peer-reviewed, high-quality original papers showing advances in distributed systems, collaborative environments, high performance and high-performance computing, Big Data on such infrastructures as grids, clouds and the Internet of Things (IoT), is seeking original manuscripts for a Special Issue on Clusters, Clouds and Grids for Life Sciences (LIFE2019) scheduled to appear in the second half of 2019.

Computational methods are nowadays ubiquitous in the field of bioinformatics and biomedicine. Besides established fields like molecular dynamics, genomics or neuroimaging, new emerging methods like deep learning models rely heavily on large-scale computational resources. These new methods need to manage Tbytes or Pbytes of data with large-scale structural and functional relationships, TFlops or PFlops of computing power for simulating highly complex models, or many-task processes and workflows for processing and analyzing data. 

Today, many areas in Life Sciences are facing these challenges, such as biomodelling, predictive models of disease and treatment, evolutionary biology, medical biology, cell biology, biomedical image processing, biosignal sensoring or computer-supported diagnosis. Clouds, Edge/Fogs and Big Data Environments are promising to address research, clinical and medical research community requirements as they allow for significant reduction of computational time to run large experiments, for speeding-up development time for new algorithms, and to reduce barriers for large-scale multi-centric collaborations.

The special issue will provide a forum for presenting research works showing advances of bioinformatics and medical applications using distributed IT systems, new ideas and approaches to successfully apply distributed IT-systems in translational research, clinical intervention, and decision-making, and novel proposal to tackle specific challenges in Life Sciences computing such as security, traceability, data interoperability, simulation of complex models, creation of cloud services, or application of artificial intelligence techniques to enhance decisions and to speed up processes.

The special issue will be open to any author, but it will also invite extended versions of selected papers of CCGrid-Life 2019 workshop, held with CCGRID 2019, whose topics fit in the scope of this special issue. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three reviewers to ensure a very high quality of papers selected for the Special Issue.


This special issue of Future Generation Computing Systems will feature articles that discuss the following areas of interest:

  • Novel exploitation techniques of distributed IT resources for Life Sciences, HealthCare and research applications, for example medical imaging, disease modeling, bioinformatics, Public health informatics, drug discovery, and clinical trials.
  • New distributed algorithms applicable to medical and bioinformatics applications,
  • Modeling and simulation of complex biological processes (Genomics and Molecular Structure evolution, Molecular Dynamics, etc.)
  • New scientific gateways and user environments targeting distributed medical and bioinformatics applications Clouds for big data manipulation in bioinformatics and medicine.
  • Cloud services for life sciences (genomics as a service, medical image as a service, protein folding, etc.)
  • Biological data mining and visualization, ontologies and text mining.
  • New deep learning and machine learning experiences in Life Sciences.
  • Distributed and heterogeneous bioinformatics and medical data management for data-enabled life sciences, including standardization, interoperability for data exchanges, privacy, security and access control.
  • Novel development environments, programming paradigms and tools distributed bioinformatics applications
  • Big Medical and Bioinformatics Data applications and solutions for Clouds, Edge/Fogs and Big Data Environments.
  • New solutions for process optimizations using smart contracts and block chain technology.
  • Reproducibility and traceability of experiments in Life sciences. 
  • Detailed application use-cases highlighting achievements and roadblocks using hybrid or public clouds.


The FGCS's submission system will be open for submissions to our Special Issue from 15 February 2019. When submitting your manuscript please select the article type "SI: LIFE2019". Please submit your manuscript before 15 June 2019.

All submissions deemed suitable to be sent for peer review will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Once your manuscript is accepted, it will go into production, and will be simultaneously published in the current regular issue and pulled into the online Special Issue. Articles from this Special Issue will appear in different regular issues of the journal, though they will be clearly marked and branded as Special Issue articles.

Please see an example here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/science-of-the-total-environment/special-issue/10SWS2W7VVV

Please ensure you read the Guide for Authors before writing your manuscript. The Guide for Authors and link to submit your manuscript is available on the Journal's homepage at: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/future-generation-computer-systems/0167-739X?generatepdf=true

Inquiries, including questions about appropriate topics, may be sent electronically to Jesus Carretero <jesus.carretero@uc3m.es> and Dagmar Krefting < dagmar.krefting@htw-berlin.de>

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