Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Special Issue: Advances in Medical Intelligent Decision Support Systems

Advances in Medical Intelligent Decision Support Systems.
Intelligent Decision Technologies (IDT) journal seeks original manuscripts
for a Special Issue on Advances in Medical Decision Support Systems scheduled to appear in Vol. 3, No. 2, 2009.The last few decades have witnessed significant advancements in intelligent computation techniques. Driven by the need to solve complex real-world problems, powerful and sophisticated intelligent data analysis technologies have been exploited or emerged, such as neural networks, support vector machines, evolutionary algorithms, clustering methods, fuzzy logic, particle swarm optimization, data mining, etc. In recent years, the volume of biological data has been increasing exponentially, thus, allowing significant learning and experimentation to be carried out using a multidisciplinary approach, which gives rise to many challenging problems. The foundation for any medical decision support is the medical knowledge base which contains the necessary rules and facts. This knowledge needs to be acquired from information and data in the fields of interest, such as medicine. Clinical decision-making is a challenging, multifaceted process. Its goals are precision in diagnosis and institution of efficacious treatment. Achieving these objectives involves access to pertinent data and application of previous knowledge to the analysis of new data in order to recognise patterns and relations. As the volume and complexity of data have increased, use of digital computers to support data analysis has become a necessity. In addition to computerisationof standard statistical analysis, several other techniques for computer-aided data classification and reduction generally referred to as intelligent systems, have evolved. This special issue will focus on illustrative and detailed information about medical intelligent decision support systems and feature extraction/selection for automated diagnostic systems.The focus of this special issue is on advances in medical intelligent decision support systems including determination of optimum classification schemes for the problem under study and also to infer clues about the extracted features. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
* Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic Systems and Support Vector Machines in Biological Signal Processing
* Decision Support Systems and Computer Aided Diagnosis
* Biomedical Signal Processing
* Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing
* Modelling, Simulation, Systems, and Control
Paper submission: Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere. As an author, you are responsible for understanding and adhering to our submission guidelines. You can access them from http://www.iospress.nl. Please thoroughly read these before submitting your manuscript. Each paper will go through a rigorous review process.

Please note the following important dates:

Paper submission for review: November 30, 2008 (Final deadline)
Review results: January 15, 2009
Revised Paper submission: February 20, 2009
Final acceptance: March 1, 2009
Manuscript delivery to the publisher: April 15, 2009

Interested authors should submit digital copies (PDF preferred) of their papers (suggested paper length: 15 pages), including all tables, diagrams, and illustrations, to the Guest Editor, Dr. Vassilis S. Kodogiannis, bye-mail.

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