Corpora: ACL-02 Workshop: Natural Language Processing in the Biomedical Domain

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Date: Fri Jan 18 2002 - 16:46:51 MET

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    ACL-02 Workshop

    Natural Language Processing in the Biomedical Domain

    July 11 - 12
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA

    Sponsored by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA),
    Special Interest Group on Natural Language Processing (NLP-SIG).

    Workshop Description

    The aim of this workshop is to focus on challenges in processing
    biomedical language and to present results in developing techniques for
    this domain. Biomedicine comprises biological sciences, clinical
    medicine, public health and education. This domain presents many
    opportunities for NLP technologies such as information extraction from
    biomedical texts, document and answer retrieval from large, unstructured
    text collections (such as the biomedical literature and the World Wide
    Web), and interaction with users through natural language. Until
    recently, the level of collaboration between core computational
    linguistics researchers and the biomedical informatics community has
    been limited. The purpose of this workshop is to take active steps
    towards bridging that gap. Indeed, this would be the first workshop
    under the auspices of the ACL entirely devoted to biomedical language

    The biomedical informatics community conducts basic research on natural
    language processing, but has a strong focus on practical applications,
    large-scale systems, and rigorous evaluation to show real-world impact.
    They have helped develop a number of large, complex resources for
    biomedical terminology, such as the Unified Medical Language System
    (UMLS), International Classification of Disease (ICD), Systematized
    Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED), Human Genome Organization (HUGO) Gene
    Nomenclature, and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). There is also
    substantial experience with large corpora, deployed system prototypes
    and statistical techniques. The computational linguistics community can
    benefit from these experiences and resources, while contributing recent
    technologies and methodologies. The biomedical domain presents many
    exciting challenges for collaboration between both communities.

    We envision the outcome of this workshop to consist of concrete steps
    towards establishing links between research groups from both camps for
    future interactions.

    We invite submissions including but not limited to the following areas:

    · Information extraction
    · Information retrieval
    · Natural language interfaces
    · Text mining
    · Text summarization
    · Speech recognition
    · Integration of system components
    · Lexicon and terminology acquisition
    · Characterization of biomedical language
    · Evaluation of biomedical applications

    Format for Submission

    Authors are requested to submit one electronic version of their papers
    OR four hardcopies. Please submit hardcopies only if electronic
    submission is impossible. Maximum length is 8 pages including figures
    and references. Please conform to the traditional two-column ACL
    Proceedings format. Style files can be downloaded from

    Email submissions should be sent to:

    Hard copy submissions should be sent to:

    Stephen Johnson
    Department of Medical Informatics
    Columbia University
    622 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032


    Paper Submission Deadline Mar 15
    Acceptance Notification Apr 19
    Final Version Deadline May 17


    Stephen Johnson (Columbia University), chair AMIA NLP-SIG
    Udo Hahn (Freiburg University, Germany)
    Judith Klavans (Columbia University)

    Program Committee

    Robert Baud (University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland)
    Carol Friedman (Queens University, USA)
    Robert Futrelle (Northeastern University, USA)
    Lynette Hirschman (Mitre Corporation, USA)
    Tom Rindflesch (National Library of Medicine, USA)
    Donia Scott (University of Brighton, UK)
    Jun-Ichi Tsujii (University of Tokyo, Japan)
    Nina Wacholder (Rutgers University, USA)
    Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh, UK)
    W. John Wilbur National Center for Biotechnology Information, USA)
    Pierre Zweigenbaum (Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris)

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