May 22, 2007
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Co-located with: ISI 2007
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nformation systems play a central role in developing an effective, comprehensive approach to prevent, detect, respond to, and manage potential infectious disease outbreaks and bioterrorism events. Great quantities of animal and public health infectious disease and surveillance data are collected by various laboratories, health care providers, veterinarians, and government agencies at local, state, national, and international levels. Furthermore, many agencies have developed information access, analysis, and reporting systems of varying degrees of sophistication. Researchers from a wide range of backgrounds including but not limited to epidemiology, statistics, applied mathematics, information systems, computer science and machine learning/data mining, have also contributed by developing technologies to facilitate real-time data collection and sharing, and surveillance algorithms to analyze collected data. In effect, recent years have witnessed the emergence of infectious disease informatics (IDI), a subfield of biomedical informatics that systematically studies these information management and analysis issues. The objective of IDI research can be summarized as the development of the science and technologies needed for collecting, sharing, reporting, analyzing, and visualizing infectious disease data and for providing data and decision-making support for infectious disease prevention, detection, and management.

Proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. For more information about LNCS, please visit the LNCS website (

This year's meeting will be co-located with the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2007).

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he first NSF Workshop on Biosurveillance, hosted by the University of Arizona’s NSF BioPortal Center, was held in March 2006 in Tucson, Arizona. This successful workshop provided a stimulating intellectual forum for discussion among public and animal health researchers; experts information technologies and systems; state and federal public and animal health officials; and biomedical/IT practitioners. The 2007 NSF Workshop on Biosurveillance Systems and Case Studies (Biosurveillance 2007) built on this success and brought together IDI researchers and practitioners to discuss selected topics directly relevant to data sharing and analysis for real-time animal and public health surveillance. Biosurveillance 2007 aimed to achieve the following objectives: (a) review and examine various real-time data sharing approaches for animal and public health surveillance from both technological and policy perspectives; (b) identify key technical challenges facing syndromic surveillance for both animal and human diseases, and discuss and compare related systems approaches and algorithms; and (c) provide a forum to bring together IDI researchers and practitioners to identify future research opportunities.

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The workshop proceedings will be published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Tpics solicited included:

Data sources for biosurveillance, data quality and utility
Data sharing protocols and implementation of secure health information exchange solutions
Biosurveillance system architecture and interoperability
Text processing for chief complaint/syndrome classification
Bio-event detection from distributed data sources
Outbreak detection and predictive modeling
Spatio-temporal data analysis/GIS for biosurveillance applications
Integrated genomic and epidemiological data analysis
Disease-specific modeling and surveillance issues
HCI and user interfaces of relevance to biosurveillance systems
System evaluation, scalability, and sustainability
Communication and decision support for public health, crisis planning, and disaster management
Outcome measures for biosurveillance
Funding and public/private partnerships
Information sharing policy and governance
Privacy and system security issues
Case studies and technology adoption
Conference Co-Chairs:

Hsinchun Chen, U. of Arizona
James Kvach, (formerly with) Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center, DOD
Bill Lober, U. of Washington
David Madigan, Rutgers University

Mark Thurmond, U. of California, Davis

Program Co-Chairs:

Daniel Zeng, U. of Arizona
Ivan Gotham, New York State Dept. of Health
Ken Komatsu, Arizona Dept. of Health Services
Cecil Lynch, U. of California, Davis

Government Liaisons:

Larry Brandt, National Science Foundation
Dale Nordenberg, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Henry Rolka, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


John R. Allegra, Emergency Med. Assoc. of NJ
Michael Ascher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
John Berezowski, Alberta (Canada) Agriculture
Judith Brillman, U. of New Mexico
Ian Brooks, U. of Illinois at U-C
David L. Buckeridge, McGill University
Howard Burkom, Johns Hopkins U.
Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon U.
Wendy Chapman, U. of Pittsburgh
Carlos Chavez-Castillo, Arizona State U.
Dennis Cochrane, Emergency Med. Assoc. of NJ
Noshir Contractor, U. of Illinois at U-C
Kevin Coonan, U. of Utah and Health Data Security, Inc
Greg Cooper, U. of Pittsburgh
Dan Desmond, SIMI Group
Millicent Eidson, New York State Dept. of Health
Daniel Ford, IBM
Carol Friedman, Columbia U.
Sherrilynne Fuller, U. of Washington
Colin Goodall, AT&T
Richard Heffernan, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
Alan Hevner, U. of South Florida
Paul Hu, U. of Utah
Xiaohua (Tony) Hu, Drexel U.
Jesse Huang, Peking Union Medical College
Jeffrey Johnson, San Diego Cty. Health & Human Services Agency
James Kaufmann, IBM
Ken Kleinman, Harvard U.
Eileen Koski, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
Yang Kuang, Arizona State U.
Brian La Forgia, Bergen Cty. Dept. of Health Services
Colleen Martin, Science Applications International Corp.
Marcello Pagano, Harvard U.
Marc Paladini, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
Fred Roberts, Rutgers U.
Debbie Travers, North Carolina Public Health Information Network
Jason T. L. Wang, New Jersey Inst. of Technology
Xiaohui Zhang, Scientific Technologies Corp.


Co-located with the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2007), at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. Reserve your room soon, as the conference rate is held only until April 27th, or until all rooms are booked, whichever comes first! See the hotel page for more information.

This workshop is made possible by Grant #IIS-0636637 from the National Science Foundation, and we gratefully acknowledge their sponsorship.

Copyright (C) 2006 Arizona Board of Regents, by the Artificial Intelligence Lab, The University of Arizona