CAMDA - What is CAMDA?

The increasing relevance of Big Data forms one of the grand challenges in modern life sciences. Analysing large data sets is consequently emerging to be one of the scientific key techniques in the post genomic era. Recently, the growing need for the analysis of massive data has further accelerated by the advent and fast development of high-throughput next-generation sequencing technologies and the necessarily increasing cohort size of biomedical studies. Still the data analysis bottleneck limits the rate with which technological advances in genome-scale experimental platforms actually can provide new medical and biological insights.

CAMDA focuses on the analysis of massive data in the life sciences. It introduces and evaluates new approaches and solutions to the Big Data challenge. The conference presents new techniques in the field of bioinformatics, data analysis, and statistics for the handling and processing of large data sets, the combination of multiple data sources, and effective computational inference.

An essential part of CAMDA is its open-ended data analysis challenge which focuses on big complex data sets, often featuring heterogeneous data sources and types. Academic and industrial researchers worldwide alike are invited to take the CAMDA challenge. Accepted contributions are presented in short talks (30 mins), and the results of analyses are discussed and compared at the CAMDA conference. Both contestants and other interested researchers are welcome at the meeting. Posters can provide an additional opportunity of presenting and discussing work. All individuals and groups from both academic and commercial entities are invited to join the award competition.

CAMDA has a track record as a well-recognized annual conference going back to the year 2000. It soon received considerable attention from high impact journals like Nature (ref. 1, 2) and was featured in an editorial in Nature Methods in 2008 (ref. 3). Recently called the 'Olympics for Genomics', this allusion indicates the ambitious and wide-ranging nature of the contest. The meeting has regularly been supported by high-profile organizations like FDA, and the NIST.

As in past years, contest presentations are complemented by high profile keynotes. Recent keynote speakers include Benjamin Blencowe (Toronto), Sandrine Dudoit (Berkeley), Mark Gerstein (Yale), Jelle Goeman (Leiden Univ. Medical Centre), Martin Morgan (Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), Wei Pan (Minnesota), John Quackenbush (Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School), Eran Segal (Weizmann Institute), Terry Speed (WEHI), John Storey (Princeton), Weida Tong (NCTR/FDA), Olga Troyanskaya (Princeton), Ernst Wit (Groningen), Atul Butte (Stanford), and Nikolaus Rajewsky (Max-Delbrück-Center).

Come join us this year, we look forward to your participation!

There are two mailing lists associated with this conference, a low-volume announcements mailing list, and an open forum for participants' free discussions relating to the contest data sets.


  1. Johnson, K.F. and Lin, S.M. (2001). Call to work together on microarray data analysis. Nature 411, 885.
  2. Tilstone, C. (2003). Vital Statistics. Nature 424, 610 (link to journal)
  3. Editorial feature (2008). Going for algorithm gold, Nature Methods 5, 569. (link to journal)

CAMDA publications

This section contains a compendium of links, abstracts, papers, slides, programs, and tools that supplements the papers found in the proceedings.

Links to earlier CAMDA conferences

  • CAMDA 2014, Satellite Meeting of ISMB 2014 in Boston, U. S. A.
  • CAMDA 2013, Satellite Meeting of ISMB/ECCB 2013 in Berlin, Germany
  • CAMDA 2012, Satellite Meeting of ISMB 2012 in Longbeach, California, U. S. A.
  • CAMDA 2011, Satellite Meeting of ISMB/ECCB 2011 in Vienna, Austria
  • CAMDA 2009, Northwestern University, Chicago, U. S. A.
  • CAMDA 2008, Boku University Vienna, Austria.
  • CAMDA 2007, CIPF, Valencia, Spain.
  • CAMDA 2006, Duke University, North Carolina, U. S. A.
  • CAMDA 2004, Duke University, North Carolina, U. S. A.
  • CAMDA 2003, Duke University, North Carolina, U. S. A.
  • CAMDA 2002, Duke University, North Carolina, U. S. A.
  • CAMDA 2001, Duke University, North Carolina, U. S. A.
  • CAMDA 2000, Duke University, North Carolina, U. S. A.

Atul Butte, MD, PhD
Atul Butte, MD, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Nikolaus Rajewsky, PhD
Nikolaus Rajewsky, PhD
Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine

Terry Speed, PhD
Terry Speed, PhD
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Sandrine Dupoit, PhD
Sandrine Dudoit, PhD
University of California, Berkeley

John Quackenbush, PhD
John Quackenbush, PhD
Harvard School of Public Health

Eran Segal, PhD
Eran Segal, PhD
Weizmann Institute of Science

John Storey, PhD
John Storey, PhD
Princeton University

Chris Sander, PhD
Chris Sander, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Temple F. Smith, PhD
Temple F. Smith, PhD
Boston University

Extended Abstract Proposals Due20 May 2015
Abstract Deadline for Poster Submission 25 May 2015
Notification of Accepted Contributions30 May 2015
Early Registration Closes7 Jun 2015
CAMDA2015 Conference10–11 Jul 2015
ISMB 2015 Conference11–14 Jul 2015
Full Paper Submission Click to save the dates!25 Sep 2015

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