FINAL CFP: Special Issue on CLOUD for Health

Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience

Volume 15, Issue 4:    Special Issue on CLOUD for Health

In the last 20 years, computational methods and data analysis have 
become very important part in health systems; especially, in research 
areas such as biomodelling, genomics, neuroscience, cancer models, 
medical image analysis, biotechnology, or automatic diagnosis. The 
development of those areas leads to an unprecedented demand for 
large-scale data management and analysis (Tbytes or Pbytes) and 
scalability in computing power.

This new situation requires appropriate IT-infrastructures, where new 
biomedical challenges can be solved within an acceptable timespan. Cloud 
computing has the potential to help solving those problems by offering a 
utility model based on highly flexible computing and storage 
capabilities and abstraction layers that allow overcoming many of the 
constraints present in dedicated systems. It may also increase research 
productivity by allowing sharing applications, tools, and algorithms in 
an easy way, by increasing the availability of new methods for the 
research community, and by supporting large-scale multi-centric 

The aim of this special issue is to promote synergies between cloud 
computing and health communities by exploring applications developed in 
clouds, cloud systems enhancements for bio*, and new trends and needs 
shared between both communities.

Thus, this special issue will feature articles that discuss applications 
of cloud computing to bioinformatics and biomedicine, including 
solutions to the problems in the area, and architectural adaptation of 
cloud systems to fit those problems. The goals are to exchange and 
discuss existing solutions and latest developments in both fields, and 
to gather an overview of challenges (technologies, achievements, gaps, 


Areas of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:
     - Cloud-based bioinformatics and biomedicine applications
     - Cloud-based applications in public health systems
     - Modeling and simulation of complex biological processes
     - Genomics and Molecular Structure evolution
     - Clouds for big data manipulation in bioinformatics and biomedicine
     - Visualization and analysis of biomedical images
     - Integration and analysis of biomedical data
     - Interoperability for exchanging data, algorithms and analysis 
     - Biosignals processing using clouds
     - Privacy and security issues for cloud-based health applications
     - Data-centric versus computer-centric cloud architectures
     - Virtual HPC infrastructures for Health
     - Hybrid infrastructures (cloud/physics) for bio applications
     - Improved energy consumption of bio applications using clouds
     - Programming paradigms and tools for bio-applications


- Submission:             August 31th, 2014
- Author notification:         October 1th 2014
- Camera Ready papers due:     November 15th, 2014
- Publication:             December, 2014


The special issue seeks original, unpublished work on potential means to 
foster better security, transparency and scalability in cloud-based 

The SCPE journal has a rigorous peer-review process and papers will be 
send to at least two independent academic referees. Papers that do not 
merit publication (for any reason) can be rejected by the Special Issue 
Editors without further review.

Submitted papers must be formatted according to the journal's 
instructions, which can be found at:


- Prof. Jesus Carretero. University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
- Dr. Javier Garcia-Blas. University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
- Prof. Sandra Gesing. University of Notre Dame, USA

Received on Sunday, 24 August 2014 08:34:23 UTC