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LOUHI 2016 : EMNLP 2016 Workshop - The Seventh International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis (LOUHI 2016)


When Nov 6, 2016 - Nov 6, 2016
Where Austin, TX
Submission Deadline Aug 5, 2016
Notification Due Sep 5, 2016
Final Version Due Sep 26, 2016
Categories    NLP   text mining   medical informatics   bioinformatics

Call For Papers


EMNLP 2016 Workshop - The Seventh International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis (LOUHI 2016)

Location: EMNLP 2016, in Austin, TX (November 2-6, 2016)

Submission deadline: August 5, 2016

** Call for Papers **

The Seventh International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers interested in automated processing of health documents. Health documents encompass electronic health records, clinical guidelines, spontaneous reports for pharmacovigilance, biomedical literature, health forums/blogs or any other type of health-related documents. The LOUHI workshop series fosters interactions between the Computational Linguistics, Medical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence communities. It started in 2008 in Turku, Finland and has been organized five times: LOUHI 2010 was co-located with NAACL in Los Angeles, CA; LOUHI 2011 was co-located with Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME) in Bled, Slovenia; LOUHI 2013 was held in Sydney, Australia during NICTA Techfest; LOUHI 2014 was co-located with EACL in Gothenburg, Sweden; and LOUHI 2015 was co-located with EMNLP in Lisbon, Portugal.

LOUHI 2016 is soliciting papers describing original research. Papers must describe substantial and completed work but also focus on a contribution, a negative result, a software package or work in progress. The areas include, but are not limited to, the following language processing techniques and related areas:

* Techniques supporting information extraction, e.g. named entity recognition, negation and uncertainty detection
* Classification and text mining applications (e.g. diagnostic classifications such as ICD-10 and nursing intensity scores) and problems (e.g. handling of unbalanced data sets)
* Text representation, including dealing with data sparsity and dimensionality issues
* Domain adaptation, e.g. adaptation of standard NLP tools (incl. tokenizers, PoS-taggers, etc) to the medical domain
* Information fusion, i.e. integrating data from various sources, e.g. structured and narrative documentation
* Unsupervised methods, including distributional semantics
* Evaluation, gold/reference standard construction and annotation
* Syntactic, semantic and pragmatic analysis of health documents
* Anonymization/de-identification of health records and ethics
* Supporting the development of medical terminologies and ontologies
* Individualization of content, consumer health vocabularies, summarization and simplification of text
* NLP for supporting documentation and decision making practices
* Predictive modeling of adverse events, e.g. adverse drug events and hospital acquired infections

We welcome submissions on topics related to text mining of health documents, particularly emphasizing multidisciplinary aspects of health documentation and the interplay between nursing and medical sciences, information systems, computational linguistics and computer science. We also encourage submissions reporting work on low-resourced languages, addressing the challenges of data sparsity and language characteristic diversity.

** Important Dates **

Long and Short Paper submission deadline: August 5, 2016
Notification to authors: September 5, 2016
Camera-ready papers due: September 26, 2016
Workshop: November 2 or 6, 2016

** Submission Instructions **

Submissions go through a double-blind review process, where each submission is reviewed by three program committee members. Accepted papers will be presented by the authors in a regular workshop session either as a talk or a poster. All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Similar to previous LOUHI workshops, authors of selected papers will be offered the possibility to submit extended papers for potential publication in a special issue of a high-impact journal, e.g. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making as for LOUHI 2014.

The submissions should be in PDF format and anonymized for review. All submissions must be written in English and follow the EMNLP 2016 formatting requirements (available on the EMNLP 2016 website). We strongly advise the use of the Word or LaTeX template files provided by EMNLP 2016:

* Long paper submission: up to 8 pages of content, plus 2 pages for references; final versions of long papers: one additional page (so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account): up to 9 pages with unlimited pages for references
* Short paper submission: up to 4 pages of content, plus 2 pages for references; final version of short papers: up to 5 pages with unlimited pages for references

Louhi 2016 will only accept electronic submission via its START submission system (

** Invited Speaker **


** Organizers **

LOUHI 2016 is organized by the ILES Group at LIMSI-CNRS in Orsay, France.

Chair: Cyril Grouin, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Organization committee:
Thierry Hamon, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France & Université Paris 13
Aurélie Névéol, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France

** Programme Committee **

Sophia Ananiadou, University of Manchester, UK
Sabine Bergler, Concordia University, Canada
Thomas Brox Røst, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Keven B Cohen, University of Colorado/School of Medicine, USA
Hercules Dalianis, Stockholm University, Sweden
Louise Deléger, INRA, France
Filip Ginter, University of Turku, Finland
Natalia Grabar, CNRS UMR 8163, STL Université de Lille3, France
Gintaré Grigonyté, Stockholm University, Sweden
Aron Henriksson, Stockholm University, Sweden
Antonio Jimeno Yepes, IBM Research, Australia
Jussi Karlgren, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Dimitrios Kokkinakis, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Maria Kvist, Stockholm University, Sweden
Alberto Lavelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
David Martinez, University of Melbourne and, Australia
Beáta Megyesi, Uppsala University, Sweden
Marie-Jean Meurs, UQAM & Concordia University, QC, Canada
Fleur Mougin, Université de Bordeaux, ERIAS, Centre INSERM U897, ISPED, France
Danielle L Mowery, University of Utah, USA
Henning Müller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Mariana Lara Neves, Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany
Jong C. Park, KAIST Computer Science, Korea
Rezarta Islamaj-Dogan, NIH/NLM/NCBI, USA
Tapio Salakoski, University of Turku, Finland
Stefan Schulz, Graz General Hospital and University Clinics, Austria
Isabel Segura-Bedmar, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Maria Skeppstedt, Stockholm University, Sweden
Hanna Suominen, NICTA, Australia
Suzanne Tamang, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Özlem Uzuner, MIT, USA
Sumithra Velupillai, Stockholm University, Sweden
Karin Verspoor, NICTA, Australia
Mats Wirén, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Contact person: cyril.grouin A@T

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