Parallel and Distributed Computing for Life Sciences: Algorithms, Methodologies, and Tools
PDCLifeS workshop of EURO-PAR 2020


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, PDCLifeS 2020 will be held as a virtual event. The accepted papers need to be presented by one author in order to be included in the proceedings. Only a single minimal registration fee will be requested for each paper in order to cover the organization and proceedings publication expenses. Two formats of paper presentations will be possible:

  • Streaming presentations
  • Slides and pre-recorded video presentations

Call for Papers

Advancements in Life Sciences are largely driven by the development of powerful technologies and computational tools. Applications range from drug discovery and personalized medical therapies to improved agricultural and green energy production. However, the solution of real-world problems requires a multidisciplinary approach and poses new challenges to the field of High-Performance Computing (HPC) at different levels:

  • the modeling and simulation of complex phenomena (human organ functions, evolution of diseases, sustainable energy systems, etc.);
  • the processing and analysis of massive amounts of data produced by modern technologies (omics and genome sequencing, functional and anatomical imaging, High-Content Screening, etc.);
  • the extracting, merging and understanding of information from different sources (merging different types of images, bridging imaging and omics data, etc.);
  • the storage, security, and availability of datasets (in order to gather information, compare results, reproduce the experiments, etc.).

The PDCLifeS Workshop is oriented to explore the key role of HPC algorithms, methodologies and tools for solving problems related to different branches of Life Sciences (Biology, Biomedicine, Bioengineering, Ecology, etc.).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • * Parallel Computing for Biological Systems
  • * Parallel Simulations
  • * Parallel and Distributed Genetic Algorithms
  • * Parallel Data Mining Approaches to Life Sciences
  • * Parallel and Distributed Computing in genomic research
  • * Parallel and Distributed architecture for Bioengineering
  • * Cloud Computing for Bioengineering
  • * Machine Learning techniques for predictive algorithms
  • * Metabolic and regulatory networks
  • * Linking variety of databases

The workshops will be online on August 24, 2020, before the start of the main conference.

The first edition of the PDCLifeS workshop was held in conjunction with Euro-Par2018 in Turin, Italy, and the second edition was held in Gottinghen, Germany.

Keynote Speaker

Elodie Laine - Associate Professor at the Department of Biology - Laboratory of Computational and Quantitative Biology - Sorbonne Université

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be in PDF format between 10-12 pages in the Springer LNCS style, including text, figures, and references. Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings, published by Springer in the ARCoSS/LNCS series. Papers have to be submitted through EasyChair using the following link

Important Dates

  • Workshop papers due May 30 June 12, 2020
  • Author Notification July 03, 2020
  • Informal camera-ready from the authors collected from EasyChair due July 10, 2020
  • Workshop date is August 24, 2020
  • Camera ready version of paper due September 11, 2020

Special Issue

A number of high quality selected papers presented at the workshop will be invited as extended papers in a Special Issue of Parallel Processing Letters .


Program Committee (TBD)

  • Andrew Adamatzky, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Stefano Berrone, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Mario Cannataro, Università Magna Grecia, Catanzaro, Italy
  • Claudia Di Napoli, Institute for High-Performance Computing and Networking of CNR, Italy
  • Daniela di Serafino, Università della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Italy
  • Sébastien Limet, Université d'Orléans, France
  • Lucia Maddalena, Institute for High-Performance Computing and Networking of CNR, Italy
  • Mario Nicodemi, Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Italy
  • Domenico Talia, Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy
  • Nicola Tonellotto, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Carsten Trinitis, Technical University of Munich, German
  • Jose Carlos Valverde, University of Castilla la Mancha, Albacete, Spain
  • Pierangelo Veltri, Università Magna Grecia, Catanzaro, Italy