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Ninth Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop (CAFCW23)

Held in conjunction with SC23:
The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis



Location and Timing
Denver, Colorado, USA
November 12, 2023, 1:30pm - 5pm MST 

Key events and dates

Key Events



August 14, 2023

Notification of Acceptance

September 9, 2023

Early Bird Registration Ends

October 13, 2023


November 12, 2023

Call for Abstracts:

Workshop Overview

The importance of high performance computing is ever increasing as a critical component of cancer research and clinical applications. The current global cancer ecosystem includes new scientific methods, AI, ever expanding sources of data, and use of simulations. These dynamic changes have set the stage for tremendous growth in HPC for cancer research and clinical application, particularly with the US Cancer Moonshot 2.0 initiative, which aims to reduce the mortality of cancer by 50% in 25 years. Originally established as part of SC2015 during the advent of the Precision Medicine and the US National Strategic Computing Initiative, this workshop provides a key venue for multiple disciplines and interests to converge, share insights, and develop collaborations in which HPC and computational approaches will advance the frontiers of cancer research and cancer care. Over the past nine years, the CAFCW has brought together cancer researchers and advanced computing scientists to share ideas and challenges, establish collaborations and identify common needs. 

This Ninth Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop 2023 (CAFCW23) will bring together a wide range of individuals including clinicians, cancer biologists, mathematicians, data scientists, computational scientists, engineers, developers, vendors, 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. 

As a unifying theme in 2023, the special topic of “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – from Science to Scientist” will bring attention to not only limitations in the science due to unbalanced data, but also the inherent limitations in the workforce if all backgrounds, perspectives, demographics, and approaches are not involved. In an era where HPC is enabling digital twin approaches for complex diseases like cancer, such an emphasis is so very necessary for success across all populations.

Call for Abstracts:

Student Track

Beginning in 2020, CAFCW expanded its reach by adding a focus on workforce development. Again this year, 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.  Students can submit their abstracts at Student Submission Form.

CAFCW23 Organizing Committee:

Eric Stahlberg, PhD, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Sean Hanlon, PhD, National Cancer Institute

Sally Ellingson, PhD, University of Kentucky

Patricia Kovatch, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Lynn Borkon, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Morgan Granetz, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research



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Created by Petrina Hollingsworth Last Modified Wed August 9, 2023 4:36 pm by Lynn Borkon