Manchester / 23-25 August 2017 Registration

The IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (IEEE CIBCB 2017) will be organized by the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK and will be held at the INNSIDE Hotel from August 23rd to 25th, 2017.

This annual conference has become a major technical event in the field of Computational Intelligence and its application to problems in biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, chemical informatics, bioengineering and related fields. The conference provides a global forum for academic and industrial scientists from a range of fields including computer science, biology, chemistry, medicine, mathematics, statistics, and engineering, to discuss and present their latest research findings from theory to applications.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

CI in Bioinformatics
  • Evolution, phylogeny, comparative genomics
  • Gene expression array analysis
  • Metabolic pathway analysis
  • MicroRNA analysis
  • Molecular sequence alignment and analysis
  • Pattern recognition/data mining/optimization methods in Bioinformatics
  • Visualization of large biological data sets
CI in Computational Biology
  • Systems and synthetic biology
  • Structure prediction and folding
  • Modelling, simulation, and optimization of biological systems
  • Biological network reconstruction/robustness/evolvability
  • Epigenomics
CI in Biomedical Engineering, Bioprocessing and Healthcare Informatics
  • Medical imaging and pattern recognition
  • Biomedical data modelling/data mining/model parametrization
  • Parallel/high performance computing
  • Big data analysis and tools for biological and medical data
  • Biomarker discovery and development
  • Health data acquisition/analysis/mining
  • Healthcare information systems/knowledge representation/reasoning
  • Personalized medicine and treatment optimization
  • Biopharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Closed-loop optimization methods/platforms

Submissions for oral and poster presentation are invited from researchers, practitioners and students worldwide. The conference will be in single session format with papers provided as either oral or as poster presentations. The conference format will include

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  • IEEE
  • Marketing Manchester
  • University of Manchester

Past IEEE CIBCB events

Conference Schedule

Wednesday August 23 Registration
Technical Sessions
Plenary speaker
Welcome Reception / Poster Session
Thursday August 24 Technical Sessions
Plenary speaker
Conference Dinner
Friday August 25 Technical Sessions
Plenary speaker

The final program is now available HERE in pdf format. (Last updated: August 22nd, 2017)

Call for Papers for Special Issue in IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (Impact Factor 6.343)

Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts within the scope of the conference to a Special Issue on Computational Intelligence Techniques in Bioinformatics and Bioengineering in the prestigious IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. Note, the Special Issue is open to anyone, i.e. having an accepted paper at CIBCB 2017 is not a requirement. Papers accepted at CIBCB 2017 need to be extended significantly before being submitted to the Special Issue.

The submission deadline for manuscripts is 15th November 2017. Detailed information about the Special Issue can be found at

Accepted Special Sessions

Machine Learning in Medical Diagnosis and Prognosis Alex Shenfield, Adil Khan, and Shahin Rostami
Computational Intelligence for Biological Feature Induction Daniel Ashlock, Wendy Ashlock, and Andrew McEachern
Multi-objective Optimization in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Julia Handl, Maria Fabre Garza, and Shaun Kandathil
Parallel and distributed high performance computing solutions for computational intelligence methods Marco S. Nobile, Daniel Ashlock, Paolo Cazzaniga, and Daniela Besozzi
Digital Signal Processing for Genomic and Metagenomic Sequence Analysis Samaneh Kouchaki, Avraam Tapinos, and David L Robertson

General Session

Improving De novo Protein Structure Prediction using Contact Maps Information. Karina B. Santos, Gregório K. Rocha, Fábio L. Custódio, Helio J. C. Barbosa and Laurent E. Dardenne (Slides)

An Algebraic Generalization for Graph and Tensor-Based Neural Networks. Ethan Jackson, James Hughes, Mark Daley and Michael Winter (Slides)

A Note On Population Size Inspired By The Extinction Of Mammoths. Daniel Ashlock and Wendy Ashlock (Slides)

Hybridization and Ring Optimization for Larger Sets of Embeddable Biomarkers. Daniel Ashlock and Sheridan Houghten (Slides)

Evaluation of the Salmon Algorithm. John Orth, Sheridan Houghten and Lindsey Tulloch (Slides)

Computational Intelligence for Biological Feature Induction

Infinite String Block Matching Features for DNA Classification. Daniel Ashlock, Sierra Gillis and Wendy Ashlock (Slides)

Modelling Intracranial Pressure with Noninvasive Physiologic Measures. James Hughes, Ethan Jackson and Mark Daley (Slides)

Multi-objective Optimization in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Using an Aggregation Tree to Arrange Energy Function Terms for Protein Structure Prediction. Gregório K. Rocha, Jaqueline S. Angelo, Karina B. Santos, Fábio L. Custódio, Laurent E. Dardenne and Helio J.C. Barbosa (Slides)

Digital Signal Processing for Genomic and Metagenomic Sequence Analysis

The Identification of Replication Origin in Bacterial Genomes By Cumulated Phase Signal. Denisa Maderankova, Karel Sedlar, Helena Skutkova and Martin Vitek (Slides)

Using Benford's Law to Detect Anomalies in Electroencephalogram: An Application to Detecting Alzheimer's Disease. Santosh Tirunagari, Daniel Abasolo, Aamo Iorliam, Anthony Ts Ho and Norman Poh (Slides)

Machine Learning in Medical Diagnosis and Prognosis

Multi-objective evolution of artificial neural networks in multi-class medical diagnosis problems with class imbalance. Alex Shenfield and Shahin Rostami (Slides)

A novel hybrid differential evolution strategy applied to classifier design for mortality prediction in adult critical care admissions. Alex Shenfield, Marcos Rodrigues, Hossam Nooreldeen and Jeronimo Moreno-Cuesta (Slides)

Hybrid Feature Selection Method for Autism Spectrum Disorder SNPs. Raid Alzubi, Naeem Ramzan and Hadeel Alzoubi (Slides)

A Multi-stage Approach to Detect Gene-gene Interactions Associated with Multiple Correlated Phenotypes. Xiangdong Zhou, Keith Chan and Danhong Zhu (Slides)

Accepted Tutorials

Multicriteria Decision Analysis and Optimization for Computational Chemistry and Drug Discovery (Slides) Michael Emmerich (Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands) and Iryna Yevseyeva (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)
An Introduction To CRISPR For Bioinformaticists (Slides) Wendy Ashlock (Ashlock & McGuinness Consulting, Inc., Guelph, Canada)

Poster Session / Late-breaking

Below is the list of papers that were presented at the poster session -- this list includes both full papers accepted as a poster presentation and late-breaking abstracts of max 2 pages. Each poster was also presented as a 2min snapshot presentation to the participants of the conference; the snapshot presentation slides are available to download below. Where applicable, late-breaking abstracts have been made available to download as well.

Reference-free compression of next-generation sequencing data in FASTQ format. Li Tan and Jifeng Sun

microRPM: a system for novel microRNA prediction. Chiang-Hsieh Yi-Fan and Wen-Chi Chang (Slides) (Abstract)

Towards Accurate De Novo Assembly for Genomes with Repeats. Doina Bucur (Slides) (Abstract)

Positome: A Method for Improving Protein-Protein Interaction Quality and Prediction Accuracy. Kevin Dick, Frank Dehne, Ashkan Golshani and James Green (Slides)

Disease outbreak prediction by data integration and multi-task learning. Batuhan Bardak and Mehmet Tan (Slides)

An Automated Approach to Translate Bio-pathways from ODEs into Graphical Hybrid Functional Petri Nets. Imene Mecheter, Rachid Hadjidj, and Sebti Foufou (Slides)

Towards integrating large-scale OMICS data to better understand disease pathogenesis. Mohamed Hamed (Slides) (Abstract)

Consensus rank orderings of molecular fingerprints. Douglas Kell and Steve O'Hagan (Slides) (Abstract)

Number of sIngle-cell Clusters Estimation (NICE): a robust and priori knowledge independent algorithm for single-cell RNA-seq data analysis. Xin Zou, Jie Hao and Ze-Guang Han (Abstract)

Use of pattern recognition methods for fungal adenylation domain substrate specificity predictions. Sagar Gore and Ekaterina Shelest (Slides) (Abstract)

A Copy Number Variation Map of the Korean Population. Jinhwa Kong, Jaemoon Shin, Jeehee Yoon and Keonbae Lee (Slides) (Abstract)

Integrative Network-based multi-OMICs Analysis of Glioblastoma Multiforme. Vasanthi Priyadarshini Gaddi and Lars Kaderali (Slides) (Abstract)

In Silico Design and Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Glycophorin A Transmembrane Dimer, in Pure DPPC and Mixed DPPC-DMPC Phospholipid. Delara Mohammad-Aghaie and Fatemeh Razavi (Slides) (Abstract)

Association Rule Mining of Protein Contact Maps from Protein 3D structures. Suvarna Vani Koneru and Praveen Kumar Kollu (Slides) (Abstract)

Best Poster Competition

Best Paper Award:

“Data-Driven Longitudinal Modeling and Prediction of Symptom Dynamics in Major Depressive Disorder: Integrating Factor Graphs and Learning Methods”
Arjun P. Athreya1, Subho S. Banerjee1, Drew Neavin2, Rima Kaddurah-Daouk3, A. John Rush3, Mark A. Frye2, Liewei Wang2, Richard W. Weinshilboum2, William V. Bobo2 and Ravishankar K. Iyer1
1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
2Mayo Clinic, USA
3Duke University, USA

Best Poster Award:

“Use of pattern recognition methods for fungal adenylation domain substrate specificity predictions”
Sagar C. Gore and Ekaterina Shelest
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology- Hans Knoll Institute (HKI), Germany

Conference Pictures

A gallery of pictures taken during the conference is available here


Technical Co-Chairs

Publicity Chair

Plenary Speakers


IEEE CIBCB 2017 will take place at the hotel INNSIDE Manchester. Part of the Spanish group Melia Hotels International, this stunning new hotel opened in May 2015 and stands in the heart of the vibrant First Street development, located in the centre of Manchester. The hotel is within close proximity of Deansgate and Manchester Central and its privileged location allows easy access to Manchester’s transport links including, Deansgate and Oxford Road rail stations, and Manchester Airport. INNSIDE Manchester offers a selection of flexible spaces, all conveniently dominating the first floor, suitable for all types of corporate and social events. Each of the spaces benefits from natural daylight, complimentary Wi-Fi and built-in audio-visual equipment and they can accommodate up to 220 people.

INNSIDE Manchester
  • 1 First Street
  • Manchester M15 4RP
  • UK
  • Coordinates:
  • N +53º 28' 22.37" / W -2º 14' 47.50"

INNSIDE Hotel map; Location of CIBCB 2017
INNSIDE Hotel map; Location of CIBCB 2017 INNSIDE Hotel map; Location of CIBCB 2017

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday, August 24th, starting with a drink reception at 18:30 with food being served at 19:00. The event will take place at the beautiful Manchester Museum.

The museum is a 20min walk away from the conference venue. Join us at the conference venue at 6pm to walk jointly to the museum or meet us directly at the drink reception/dinner inside the museum.

Please enter the museum on the ground floor into Rocks and Minerals/Fossils Gallery, where the drink reception will be (starting at 18:30). The dinner itself (starting from 19:00) will be on the 1st floor in the Living Worlds Gallery. We will have a private entrance into the museum which is located just as you turn off Oxford Road onto Coupland Street. The entrance will be both signposted and manned for ease of access.

Manchester Museum
  • 176 Oxford Road
  • Manchester M13 9PL
  • UK

Manchester Museum: Location of Conference Dinner

Getting to Manchester

Manchester is an international destination with an infrastructure comparable to any city in Europe, hence it has become a natural choice for the organisers of international association conferences. The city has a world-class airport and a strategic location in relation to Britain’s motorway and rail network. In addition, the huge investment made in public transport in recent years makes Manchester perfectly equipped to provide fast and efficient transport for delegates attending the conference.


Manchester Piccadilly is one of three main stations in Manchester and offers direct services to other major UK cities. There are 60 direct trains a day to London (every 20 minutes), with a journey time of just over two hours.

With over 200 non-stop flight routes, Manchester Airport boasts one of the most comprehensive international route networks of any UK airport.

The UK is very well connected to Europe which will be a particular benefit to delegates and exhibiting partners. The Eurostar link serves London’s St Pancras station with trains arriving throughout the day from France and Belgium, and there are excellent connections to the UK national rail network and to Manchester.

It offers direct flights from nearly every major European city including Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, as well as a large number of international destinations including Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. Manchester Airport also offers a large number of European routes with low-cost carriers which will benefit student delegates who are travelling on a budget.

The airport is situated just 10 miles from Manchester and is connected by a fast and frequent train service meaning that delegates from overseas can reach the city centre very quickly.

Airport to city centre by train: 10 miles /15 minutes £4.50 (€6.21 / $6.60)

Airport to city centre by taxi: 10 miles / 20-25 minutes £25.00 (€34.25 / $36.75)


The UK is very well connected to Europe which will be a particular benefit to delegates and exhibiting partners. The Eurostar link serves London’s St Pancras station with trains arriving throughout the day from France and Belgium, and there are excellent connections to the UK national rail network and to Manchester.

Manchester Piccadilly is one of three main stations in Manchester and offers direct services to other major UK cities. There are 60 direct trains a day to London (every 20 minutes), with a journey time of just over two hours.


Travelling to Manchester by road is simple and efficient with half of Britain’s motorway network passing through the region with approximate journey times of 2 hours to Birmingham, 3½ hours to London and 4 hours to Edinburgh by car, allowing easy access from across the UK.

Passports & Visas

Free circulation of academics in the UK is guaranteed and we predict that many delegates attending will not require a visa to enter the UK for this conference. Delegates from outside the European Union usually need to apply for a visa to enter the UK, although this is a straightforward process. The local partners are happy to provide assistance in obtaining visas for those cases where a written letter of invitation is required.

Check here if you require a visa to attend CIBCB 2017

For invitation letter from CIBCB 2017 for your visa application, please send an e-mail to the Finance Chair, Yu-Wang Chen ( with the following information:

Accommodation in Manchester

Visit Manchester is the official accommodation provider for CIBCB 2017.

All rooms are held on an on-line system, allowing you to book and secure your own accommodation using either pro-forma invoices or credit/debit card. If you require any assistance with your reservation, support is available via the Accommodation Booking Team.

To book accommodation for this event, please use the following link:

Negotiated delegate rates will be available to book until the end of the day on 12th July 2017, so please book as soon as possible to guarantee a room. If you require accommodation beyond this date or you have any queries about the website, please contact Visit Manchester.


For all accommodation enquiries please call the Accommodation Booking Team on 0161 238 4514 / 4563 or email:

About Manchester

For more information on Manchester as a destination please log onto; here you will discover all things to do in Manchester, from events and attractions to fine dining and a great night out.

Download a printable version of the city centre map

For city transport information please see

Manchester’s vast choice of places to stay, from budget hostels to five star hotels, to the increasingly popular apart-hotel accommodation, makes attending an international conference in Manchester simple. Delegates will have a choice of a full range of accommodation, including internationally recognised brands, all within walking distance of the Congress venue.

Getting around Manchester

Our suggested venue is located at the heart of Manchester’s city centre, surrounded by thousands of hotel bedrooms as well as the city’s attractions, bars and shops. This gives delegates extra time to enjoy the conference programme and network with colleagues.


Manchester city centre has a wide offer of high quality public realm which, combined with its compact and manageable size, makes it an easy place to traverse on foot.

Metroshuttle – Free Bus

Delegates will benefit from a free city centre bus service known as Metroshuttle, which offers three circular routes covering all of the main areas.


The Metrolink tram network is the largest urban tram network in the UK, consisting of multiple lines bringing passengers into the heart of Manchester city centre. This gives delegates the opportunity to easily visit further afield should they wish.

Car & Taxi

The city centre offers over 15,000 secure car parking spaces and is well served by a large number of taxi operators.


An extensive bus network is operated by various commercial operators. It offers high levels of connectivity and value for money for passengers with services operating into the night.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers of no more than eight (8) pages in IEEE conference format, including results, figures and references. Papers must be in PDF and written in English. Detailed instructions and templates for preparing your manuscripts can be found here.

At maximum, two additional pages are permitted with over-length page charge of US$100/page, to be paid during author registration.

Each paper will be peer-reviewed. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper at the conference.

All papers and posters should be submitted via the EasyChair online submission system.

Final Paper Submission

Final versions of all papers, following all requirements below, must be submitted by no later than 30th June 2017 in order to be included in the conference proceedings and IEEE Xplore.

Before Creating your Final PDF:

Ensuring IEEE Xplore Compliance:

All accepted papers must be IEEE Xplore compliant. To ensure that your file is fully compliant with IEEE Xplore, you must validate your paper with IEEE PDF eXpress using conference ID 38345X.

All errors identified by PDF eXpress must be corrected prior to final submission to the conference. Once your paper is free of errors, you will receive a pdf file from PDF eXpress with a name in the following format: PIDxxxxxxx.pdf. This is the file that must be uploaded for your final submission.

Accessing PDF eXpress:

First-time users should do the following:

  1. Select the New Users - Click Here link.
  2. Enter the following:
    • 38345X for the Conference ID
    • Your email address
    • A password
  3. Continue to enter information as prompted.
  4. An Online confirmation will be displayed and an email confirmation will be sent verifying your account setup.

Previous users should follow the above steps, but using the same password as used for previous conferences, and should also verify that the contact information is valid.

Uploading the Final Version of Your Manuscript:

Please use the information you received in the acceptance email of your paper for uploading the IEEE Xplore compliant final version of your paper. The system will allow you to upload your file once, so please carefully check your final file before uploading it. Final papers must be submitted by 30th June, 2017. The paper must be re-submitted even if the reviewers indicated that no changes are required. Furthermore, the file to be submitted must be the one obtained from running IEEE PDF eXpress, as this contains the IEEE Xplore compliance information.

Copyright Form:

After uploading the final version of your accepted paper, please complete the IEEE Copyright Form found here. Send an email to the Publications Chair, Sheridan Houghten (shoughten AT with the subject line “Copyright Form for paper x”, where x is your paper number, and attach the completed copyright form. You must complete and submit the IEEE Copyright Transfer form in order for your paper to be included in the conference proceedings.

Important Note: An accepted paper will be published in the proceedings only if the final version is accompanied by a full (non-student) registration for at least one of the authors.

Submit here



Registration category Early Bird
(before 30th June 2017)
(after 30th June 2017)
IEEE Member[1] $620 $670
IEEE Student Member[1][2] $310 $360
Non Member $720 $760
Student Non Member[2] $360 $410

[1] IEEE Member Rates: IEEE members can register at reduced rates. IEEE members are those holding current membership in the IEEE. Non-IEEE members are those without current membership in this organization.
[2] Student Rates: Proof of current student status must be provided at time of registration.

The above fees include admission to all tutorials and technical sessions, along with coffee breaks, a reception and a banquet. One copy of the proceedings (in electronic form) is also included. Fees include all applicable taxes.

Each accepted paper must be accompanied by a full (non-student) registration to be included in the proceedings. Each full registration covers a maximum of two papers (or one paper and one late-breaking abstract).

Accepted late-breaking abstracts can be accompanied by either a full or a student registration. A registration covers a maximum of two abstracts.

Additional banquet tickets are available for $90.

Additional copies of the proceedings are available for $20.

All refund requests must be in writing and received before August 9th, 2017. In the case of a refund, a $40.00 cancellation fee will be deducted from the registration price.

Note: If your credit card is wrongly rejected during the registration process, then please contact the Finance Chair Wendy Ashlock at

Register here

Travel Grants

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS) will offer a limited number of Travel Grants for

who are presenting one or more papers at IEEE CIS-sponsored conferences. One application system will be used for both students and professionals.

Requirements for Students:

Requirements for Professionals from Developing Countries

Important Dates:


  1. Browse to the CIBCB 2017 Travel Grants Application
  2. Follow the instructions and fill all the personal data in the “User Profile”
  3. By using the online form, choose the corresponding file for each requirement. Please try make your file sizes as small as possible
  4. Please confirm that you have uploaded all the documents correctly.
  5. Finally press “Submit” to complete your application!

Travel Grants Information:

Important Notes:

If you have any questions please contact Prof. Zeng-Guang Hou (

For more details:


Any questions regarding the conference or the organization? Drop us a line ( and we will reply as soon as possible.