Call for Papers
The Fifth International Symposium on Languages in Biology and Medicine (LBM 2013) will be held at the University of Tokyo, Japan on December 12th and 13th. LBM is a biennial interdisciplinary forum that brings together researchers in biology, chemistry, medicine, public health and informatics to discuss and exploit cutting edge language technologies.

Language, in its many forms, is the universal means to represent, convey, and question knowledge. Although knowledge is still widely communicated through natural languages, biology and medicine also use a number of other means of communication: sequences, ontologies, chemical and mathematical formulae, modelling languages, graphs, images, etc. Associated technologies such as text mining and information extraction, systems modelling, information visualization, semantic technology, and big data analytics are key for advancing biomedical research and healthcare provision. The automation and integration of all these solutions will enhance the access to the knowledge stored and conveyed in various representation, extending the opportunity of new knowledge discovery in the area. As all the individual technologies are constantly being challenged by user demands and complexities in an interdisciplinary research environment, the LBM symposium series aims to offer a forum for synergistic interactions between them.

We invite papers about any aspect of language use in biology, chemistry, medicine, public health, pharmacology and related areas.

The topics include, but are not limited to:

- Text mining, data mining, and knowledge discovery
- Information retrieval and extraction
- Semantic representation, indexing and querying
- Ontology development, mapping, and integration
- Sequence analysis and annotation
- Data modelling, integration and visualization
- Image analysis, indexing and retrieval
- Pharmacovigilance
Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 27 September (Fri), 2013 11 October(Fri), 2013
Paper Acceptance Notification: 5 October (Fri), 2013 8 November (Fri), 2013
Poster Submission Deadline: 1 November (Fri), 2013
Poster Acceptance Notification: 8 November (Fri), 2013
Highlight Talk Proposal Deadline: 1 November (Fri), 2013
Highlight Talk Acceptance Notification: 8 November (Fri), 2013
Camera Ready Version Due: 15 November (Fri), 2013
Symposium Dates: 12-13 December (Thu-Fri), 2013

LBM 2013 will offer a diversity of high quality presentations: keynote and invited talks, research presentations (short and long papers), poster presentations and a panel discussion. Research presentations will be selected by peer review from the Programme Committee, and the accepted papers will be distributed to participants in a digital form during the Symposium. We will also have best paper awards.

We intend to publish the best submissions in special issues of peer reviewed journals. We have selected the Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (JBCB) for publications with a strong focus on biomedical informatics, the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBMS) for publications with a strong focus on semantic resources and their use in applications (through its thematic series "Semantic Mining of Languages in Biology and Medicine", which covers best papers from both LBM and SMBM, its sister symposium), and the Journal of Computing Science and Engineering (JCSE) for publications with a strong focus on computational and engineering issues.

Programme Committee Chairs
Fabio Rinaldi and Jin-Dong Kim
Local Organizing Committee Chairs
Yasunori Yamamoto and Hyunju Lee
General Chairs
Jong C. Park and Limsoon Wong
Honorary Chair
Toshihisa Takagi