ICBO Conference Logistics

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ICBO Blog and Press Notices


With thanks to Robert Yao, we will be posting videos of almost all sessions at the ICBO meeting, and also of selected tutorials and workshops. Links to initial samples are provided here, here, and here.

Powerpoint Presentations

For all main conference sessions, including panels and keynotes, see here

For workshops see as follows:

Workshop A: Representing Adverse Events
Workshop B: Working with Multiple Biomedical Ontologies
Workshop C: Common Logic
Workshop D: Facilitating Anatomy Ontology Interoperability

For tutorials see as follows:

Tutorial A: Introduction to Ontology Development and Tools – Part I: First Steps in Ontology Development
Tutorial B: Introduction to Ontology Development and Tools – Part II: Collaborative Ontology Development
Tutorial C: Improving Structured EHR Data
Tutorial D: Ontology Web Services
Tutorial E: OBI: A Shared Ontology for Representing Biomedical Studies and Resources
Tutorial F: From OBO to OWL and Back Again

Important notice for all presenters at the main conference (July 28-30)

Please ensure that your powerpoint slides are saved to the conference computer as early as possible on the day of your presentation. You may also email your presentation to Barry Smith [email:phismith@buffalo.edu]

Extension cords

A limited number of extension cords will be available. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own.

Evaluation forms

You will find an evaluation form in your conference package. This is intended primarily to evaluate the main conference (July 28-30) though you should feel free to include comments also on workshops and tutorials. Please hand in to the registration desk before you leave.

Conference Questions

If you have questions concerning conference logistics please address them to Barry Smith at <phismith@buffalo.edu> and responses will be posted here.

Meals: Each day of the main ICBO conference (July 28-30) begins with a continental breakfast. The other meals provided (lunch on all 3 days, dinner on the first 2 days) include a wide range of choices, including vegetarian options.

Wifi: Free wifi access will be available in the conference rooms to all ICBO participants.

Emergency telephone: For logistics information during the conference call (716) 689-6900 (ask for 'ICBO Conference/Ballrooms 1-4).

Taxi and Shuttle Services

Many of the recommended hotels have complimentary shuttle service from Buffalo Airport. (Telephones in baggage claim area.) Taxi fare from Airport to UB North Campus area hotels is around $20.

Logistics Links

Registration Desk

Badges, Programs and Proceedings may be picked up at the Registration desk located near the Ballroom (1st floor) of the Marriott (Conference) Hotel. Registration desk hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 26: 8:00am – 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 27: 8:00am – 2:00pm
  • Thursday, July 28: 7:15am – 12:00pm

Your ICBO name badge is required in order to gain admission to all conference events, including meals.

Special Topic Sessions

A block of 2 hours, from 3.30 to 5.30pm, has been set aside on Day 2 of the ICBO program - Friday July 29th - to allow scheduling of parallel sessions on special topics. Persons wishing to organize special topic sessions at this or other times within the course of the meeting are invited to post announcements here:

  • 1. Day 2 3.30-4.30pm: Working Session on IAO, the Information Artifact Ontology. Convener: Melanie Courtot <mcourtot@gmail.com>. Please check the agenda and register on the IAO wiki
  • 2. Day 2 4.30-5.30pm: Working Session on OGMS, the Ontology for General Medical Science. Convener: Albert Goldfain <agoldfain@blue-highway.com>.

Software Demonstrations

Software demonstrations are scheduled as follows:

Day 1 - July 28

6:00pm Protein-Centric Connection of Biomedical Knowledge: Protein Ontology (PRO) Research and Annotation Tools

6:10pm SHIRAZ and CABERNET: Leveraging Automation, Crowdsourcing, and Ontologies to Improve the Accuracy and Throughput of Zebrafish Histological Phenotype Annotations

6:20pm Biomedical Ontology Matching Using the AgreementMaker System

6:30pm Bioportal: Ontologies and Integrated Data Resources at the Click of a Mouse

6:40pm Populous: A Tool for Populating an Ontology

Day 2 - July 29

6:00pm The Vitro Integrated Ontology Editor and Semantic Web Application

6:10pm The BioPortal Import Plugin for Protégé

6:20pm The Biomedical Ontology Applications (BOA) Framework

6:30pm The NCBO Annotator: Ontology-Based Annotation as a Web Service

6:40pm OntoFox and its Application in Development of the Brucellosis Ontology

For participants with posters

Poster printing services in Buffalo are available at:

http://wings.buffalo.edu/print/Posters.html http://crl.ap.buffalo.edu/services/poster.htm

Both are located a short shuttle ride from the conference venue.

Please check the conference program to see which of the two poster sessions you have been assigned to. You are requested to post your posters at the beginning of the lunch break on the corresponding day. Please ensure that your posters are taken down by lunch the next day if you wish to retrieve them.

Recommended poster size is 36" x 48". Maximum size is 48" x 48". Display boards and pins will be provided.

Print and on-line proceedings

All participants will receive a free copy of the print version of the conference proceedings. Details of the on-line proceedings will be made available soon.