The 1st International Workshop
on Web Applications for Life Sciences


8th July, 2022 in Bari, Italy

Hybrid workshop (in person/virtually)

In conjunction with the 22nd International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2022) - 5-8th July


The recent advances in unraveling the secrets of human conditions and diseases have encouraged new paradigms for their diagnosis and treatment. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has attracted increasing attention toward the genetic mechanisms of viruses and infected hosts. The information related to these phenomena is increasing at unprecedented rates, directly impacting the design and development of data management pipelines and their applications. New ways of processing and exposing data and knowledge on the Web in healthcare and life sciences environments are thus strongly needed.

The WALS workshop aims at being an initial meeting forum for Web Engineering, Data Management, and Bioinformatics researchers working on life sciences problems, offering the opportunity to share, discuss and find new approaches to support Search, Knowledge Extraction, and Data Science on the Web, thereby achieving important results for healthcare, precision medicine, biology, genomics, and virology.

The workshop welcomes submissions of fresh investigations and demonstrations concerning conceptual, experimental, and applied studies of life sciences problems on the Web. Directions of particular interest include: 1) monitoring and adaptation of Web Engineering techniques for life sciences; 2) design and engineering of Web applications for resolving life sciences problems; 3) development of crowdsourcing and collaborative strategies for life sciences data curation, integration, and discovery.

Topics of interest

The workshop focuses on Web Engineering as a means for facing the challenges that emerge when designing and developing applications for life sciences, focused on several branches such as healthcare, precision medicine, molecular biology, genomics, and virology. The workshop is not restricted to particular research methods, and we will consider conceptual, empirical, and applied research (including practical demonstrations). The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Web applications modeling and engineering for genomics
  • Web applications for the management of electronic/digital health records (EHR)
  • Web user interfaces for genomics, virology, or molecular biology
  • Development of Web systems for Precision Medicine
  • Web services for exploration of life sciences databases and knowledge graphs
  • Biological knowledge extraction
  • Genomic big data analytics
  • Web crowdsourcing methods for life sciences data curation and annotation
  • Information visualization and exploratory analysis methods for biology
  • Data science applications to healthcare and biology on the Web
  • Semantic Web knowledge representation for genomics
  • Life sciences Semantic Web applications
  • Biomedical ontologies engineering
  • Interoperability of health information systems and databases on the Web
  • Web Engineering techniques for FAIRification of biological datasets
  • COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 tracking via Web applications

Paper submission guidelines

We invite submissions of high quality papers describing original and unpublished results regarding any of the workshop’s topics of interest.

Accepted papers will be included in the post-workshop proceedings to appear in Springer's series. The authors must submit manuscripts using the Springer-Verlag LNCS style for Lecture Notes in Computer Science. For style files and details, see the page The workshop will accept two types of contributions:

  • Full papers - maximum 12 pages including references
  • Short/demo papers - maximum 6 pages including references

Papers must be submitted as PDF files using EasyChair at

To ensure high quality, all papers will be thoroughly peer reviewed by the Program Committee. Manuscripts not submitted in the LNCS style or having more than 12 pages will be automatically rejected. The papers need to be original and not submitted or accepted for publication in any other workshop, conference, or journal.

For each accepted paper, at least one author must attend the workshop and present the paper. Registration is subject to the terms and conditions of ICWE.


Post-conference publication

We are working toward a preliminary agreement with BMC Bioinformatics journal (2-year IF 2.511, SJR 1.374) for a post-conference supplement related to Web Applications in Life Sciences. High quality papers accepted to our workshop will be invited to submit a revised and extended version to the journal supplement.

Important dates (AoE)

  • Paper submission: April 24th, 2022 May 5th, 2022 (EXTENDED!)
  • Notification: May 31st, 2022
  • Workshop day: July 8th
  • Camera-ready version: July 29th, 2022


Anna Bernasconi
Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering - Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Anna Bernasconi obtained her PhD cum laude at Politecnico di Milano, within the “Data-driven Genomic Computing” ERC Awarded project (2016-2021), under the supervision of Professor Stefano Ceri. She is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering also at Politecnico di Milano. Her research focuses on conceptual modeling, data integration, semantic web, and biological data analysis. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, her research has moved to viral genomics, by building models, databases, and Web search systems for viral sequences and their variants.

Giuseppe Agapito
Department of Law, Economics and Social Sciences - "Magna Græcia" University of Catanzaro, Italy.

Giuseppe Agapito is an assistant professor and a senior research scientist in the field of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Machine Learning, Omics and Biological Networks data Analysis at the University Magna Græcia, of Catanzaro, Italy. His research interests are focused on the study of machine learning methods that can be used to take advantage of the vast amount of data that are produced nowadays. In particular, the research focuses on the development, implementation, and application of computational intelligence techniques for addressing complex real-world problems in different domains, especially in the field of biology and omics sciences.

Luca Nanni
Department of Computational Biology (DBC) - University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Luca Nanni works as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Systems Oncology laboratory at University of Lausanne, led by Professor Giovanni Ciriello. He received his PhD cum laude in 2021 in Computer Science and Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, under the supervision of Professor Stefano Ceri. His work focuses on the modeling of DNA conformation in the three-dimensional space using statistical and algorithmic methodologies, with a specific interest in cancer and aneuploid genomes. His work lies at the intersection of computer science, bioinformatics, computational biology and statistics and big data management.

Pietro Pinoli
Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering - Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Pietro Pinoli works as Researcher Fellow and lecturer at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). He received his PhD cum laude in 2017, with a thesis titled “Modeling and Querying Genomic Data” where he proposed and benchmarked data structures and algorithms to manage, search and elaborate huge collections of genomic datasets, by means of cloud and distributed technologies. He has been visiting PhD candidate at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, US). His research interests include bioinformatics and computational biology, data bases and data management, big data technology and algorithms, machine learning and natural language processing, and drug repurposing.

Program Committee

  • Arif Canakoglu, Policlinico di Milano Ospedale Maggiore - Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda
  • Mario Cannataro, Magna Graecia University
  • Stefano Ceri, Polytechnic University of Milan
  • Carlo D'Eramo, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • Jose Luis Garrido, University of Granada
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Twente
  • Ana León Palacio, Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Sergio Lifschitz, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Oscar Pastor, Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Rosario Michael Piro, Polytechnic University of Milan
  • José Fabián Reyes Román, Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Pasquale Stano, University of Salento
  • Emanuel Weitschek, Uninettuno University