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The venue for the ICBO Conference is the Buffalo Marriott Niagara hotel (1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst, NY Google map), which is located at the intersection of Millersport Highway and Flint Road near the southern boundary of the University at Buffalo North (aka Amherst) Campus.

Saturday's poster session, reception, dinner banquet and keynote lecture will be held at the Center for Tomorrow, which is a short walking distance from the Marriott and from the Flint Road hotels.

Free wifi access will be available in the conference room to all ICBO participants.

For information regarding accommodation see here.

Taxi and Shuttle Services

Many of the recommended hotels have complimentary shuttle service from Buffalo Airport. (Telephones in baggage claim area.) Taxi fare from Airport to UB North Campus area hotels is around $20.


Please be sure to collect your conference materials as early as possible on Day 1 of the conference. Breakfast (included in your registration fee) is available at the conference venue.

The registration desk will be in the Marriott Hotel from July 24-26 (Friday 7.45am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm).

For information call (716) 689-6900 (ask for 'ICBO Conference/Ballrooms 1-4). Emergency telephone number is (716) 866-6493.

Your ICBO name badge is required in order to gain admission to all conference events, including meals.


A conference laptop will be available for presentations, but you may also use your own machine if preferred. Powerpoint presentations should be posted to the on-line proceedings (see below).

Print and On-Line Proceedings

Print version: All participants will receive a free copy of the print version of the conference proceedings.

The on-line version of the ICBO Proceedings, including papers, poster descriptions, posters, and powerpoint presentations, is being compiled as a Nature Precedings Collection. The link for uploading submissions is available here: [1]. Authors should enter poster descriptions in the abstract field during the poster submission process.


Recommended poster size is 36" x 48". Maximum size is 48" x 48". Display boards and pins will be provided.

You are strongly recommended to bring your posters with you. In emergencies, you can order printing of posters in advance for collection from University Print Services, which is located on Winspear Avenue, a short campus bus ride from the North Campus. Further information is available from (716) 829-3528, extension 13.

There will be two poster sessions, divided according to the initial letter of the first author's last name (A-L and M-Z, on July 24 and 25, respectively).

Session 1 posters should be mounted on the display boards in the Marriott Hotel ICBO Conference Room before 1pm on July 24. They must be taken down before noon on July 25.

Session 2 posters should be mounted on the display boards in the Center for Tomorrow between 4:30pm and 5pm on July 25. They must be taken down before 9pm on the same day.

Posters not taken down will not be returned to their authors.

Software Demonstrations

Saturday July 25 12:30pm-1:30pm [Ballrooms 1-4]

  • FlexViz: Visualizing Biomedical Ontologies on the Web
Sean Falconer, Chris Callendar, Margaret-Anne Storey
  • CogZ: Cognitive Support and Visualization for Semi-Automatic Ontology Mapping
Sean Falconer, Margaret-Anne Storey
  • RDFScape and Beat: Toolkits for Manipulation and Visualization of Ontologies
Andrea Splendiani, Elena Beisswanger

Sunday, July 26 12:15-1:15pm [Ballrooms 1-4]

  • Dynamic is-a Hierarchy Generation from a Clinical Medical Ontology
Hiroko Kou, Jun Zhou, Mamoru Ohta, Kouji Kozaki, Takeshi Imai, Kazuhiko Ohe, Riichiro Mizoguchi
  • OntoFox: A Web Server for Ontology Information Retrieval
Zuoshuang Xiang, Yongqun He
  • Ontology Services for Semantic Applications in Healthcare and Life Sciences
Patricia L Whetzel, Nigam H Shah, Natalya F Noy, Clement Jonquet, Adrien Coulet, Nicholas Griffith, Cherie Youn, Benjamin Dai, Michael Dorf, Mark A Musen

ICBO Jobs Service

We continue to receive notifications of employment opportunities. Potential employers are encouraged to submit further job notifications to Leonard Jacuzzo.

A message board will be available at the conference venue for posting of last minute notifications and for arranging on-site interviews.

Preliminary Reading

Some preliminary readings on biomedical ontology are available here.

Area Restaurants

See Bill Rapaport's Buffalo Restaurant Guide.