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Seventh Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop (CAFCW21)

Held in conjunction with SC21:
The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis


Location and Timing
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
November 14, 2021
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM CT

Key events and dates
Key Events
Abstract Submission Deadline September 13, 2021
Notification of Acceptance October 8, 2021
Workshop November 14, 2021


Call for Abstracts:

Workshop Overview

New computational opportunities and challenges have emerged within the cancer research and clinical application areas as the size, source, and complexity of cancer datasets have grown. Simultaneously, advances in computational capabilities, with exceptional growth in AI and deep learning, are reaching unprecedented scales. A special emphasis for the 2021 workshop is computational approaches to develop digital twin capabilities of relevance to cancer research and clinical applications. Such efforts span many key areas in cancer including multi-scale modeling, radiation oncology, and precision cancer treatments.

This Seventh Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop 2021 (CAFCW21) will bring together a wide-range of individuals including clinicians, cancer biologists, mathematicians, data scientists, computational scientists, engineers, developers, thought leaders and others with an interest in advancing the use of computation to better understand, diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. As an interdisciplinary workshop, the sharing of insight and challenges fosters collaborations and future innovations accelerating progress in computationally and data-driven cancer research and clinical applications.

High-performance computing (HPC) has been and will continue to be a key component of cancer research. Industry, academic and government interest is demonstrably high with ongoing commitments, new announcements, advances and new opportunities involving cancer and computing. One need only review recommendations provided by the National Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel to confirm the increasingly visible and critical role computing and HPC in particular will play in accelerating cancer research objectives. As HPC-related efforts from projects funded through the 21st Century Cures Act begin to mature, the workshop will provide an ongoing avenue for new computational approaches involving HPC at all scales to be shared with the growing community.

Over the past seven years, the CAFCW has brought together cancer researchers and advanced computing scientists to share ideas and challenges, establish collaborations and identify common needs. Despite being virtual, last year’s workshop had 11 paper presentations, 17 posters and more than 130 attendees. Last year’s successful call for papers will result in a special supplement published in BMC Bioinformatics later this year. In previous years, the workshop has been at room capacity, and one of the teams that has presented the progress of its work throughout the workshop series was awarded the SC19.[1]

Call for Abstracts:

New Student Track

CAFCW21 is expanding its reach by adding a focus on workforce development. As a part of this, we will be honoring students who may not traditionally attend the workshop (such as undergraduates and students from non-technical degrees) who submit accepted research. They will have a highlighted presentation, opportunities to engage with the Students@SC program, special programing focused on training and workforce development, and further awards to be announced. Submission details can be found at the following link and students will have an extended deadline of September 21, 2021. Students can submit their abstracts at

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Created by Petrina Hollingsworth Last Modified Tue September 7, 2021 8:50 am by Petrina Hollingsworth