December 2, 2008
Raleigh, North Carolina

BioSecure 08 was held as part of the pre-conference workshop series at the Seventh Annual International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Conference, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Onsite registration was available the day of the workshop at $150.00 per person. Note that this registration fee was separate from the registration fees for ISDS or the other workshops. For participants attending only the BioSecure 2008 workshop, ISDS registration was not required. ISDS registration was required for participants planning to attend ISDS sessions.

The specific emphasis of this workshop was to encourage information and computer science (including informatics, statistics, modeling and decision sciences, data management, and IT) researchers to join the public health surveillance and biosecurity community to conduct high-impact and innovative research. Workshop proceedings were published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, subseries Security and Cryptology (vol. 5354).

This workshop series started in 2006. The inaugural meeting was held in Tucson, Arizona, hosted by the University of Arizona. It attracted more than 35 participants from academic institutions, industry, and public health agencies, and achieved its objective of bringing together infectious disease informatics (IDI) researchers and practitioners to discuss selected topics directly relevant to data sharing and analysis for real-time animal and public health surveillance. The 2007 meeting was held in New Brunswick, New Jersey, co-located with the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics,  nd met with tremendous success. Researchers from a wide range of backgrounds including biosecurity, epidemiology, statistics, applied mathematics, information systems, computer science and machine learning/data mining, contributed formal papers to the workshop and actively participated in the meeting along with practitioners from both government agencies and industry. More than 65 people attended the one-day workshop, representing major research labs across multiple disciplines, key industry players, and a range of government entities. The proceedings of the 2007 meeting was published in the prestigious Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Important Information:

Important Dates:

November 9, 2008
Last day for hotel reservations at workshop rates
November 30, 2008
Last date for Advance Registration rate
December 2, 2008
Workshop day
  • Biosurveillance and biosecurity system architecture and interoperability
  • Bio-event detection from distributed data sources
  • Spatio-temporal data analysis/GIS for biosurveillance and biosecurity applications
  • Social network analysis for biosecurity
  • HCI and user interfaces of relevance to biosurveillance systems
  • System evaluation, scalability, and sustainability
  • Information sharing policy and governance
  • Privacy and system security issues
  • Case studies and technology adoption

Workshop Co-Chairs

Hsinchun Chen, University of Arizona
Henry Rolka, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Daniel Zeng, University of Arizona
Bill Lober, University of Washington

Government Liaisons

Sylvia Spengler, U.S. National Science Foundation (tentative)
Donald Noah, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Daniel M. Sosin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Program Committee 

David Banks, Duke Univ.
John Berezowski, Alberta (Canada) Agriculture
Ian Brooks, U. of Illinois at U-C
David L. Buckeridge, McGill University
Howard Burkom, Johns Hopkins U.
Jean-Paul Chretien, US DoD
Greg Cooper, U. of Pittsburgh
Dan Desmond, SIMI Group
Daniel Ford, IBM
Ron Fricker, Naval Postgraduate School
Colin Goodall, AT&T
Ivan Gotham, New York State Dept. of Health
Valerie Gregg, U. of Albany
Xiaohua (Tony) Hu, Drexel U.
Paul Hu, U. of Utah
Jesse Huang, Peking Union Medical College
C.-C. King, National Taiwan Univ.
Ken Kleinman, Harvard U.
Ken Komatsu, Arizona Dept. of Health Services
Eileen Koski, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
Sheri Lewis, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Cecil Lynch, Ontoreason
Colleen Martin, US CDC
Jean O'Connor, US CDC
Theresa Pardo, U. of Albany
Michelle Podgornik, US DHS & CDC
Ben Reis, MIT
Debbie Travers, U. of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill
David Walker, US CDC
Quanyi Wang, Beijing CDC
Xiaohui Zhang, Scientific Technologies Corp.

Co-located with the 7th Annual Conference of the International Society for Disease Surveillance, in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Marriott Raleigh City Center.

Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 USA

Phone: 1-919-833-1120 // Fax: 1-919-334-0290

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











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