[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers: workshop on Language technology for decision support

Michel Généreux genereux at clul.ul.pt
Fri Jun 22 20:09:04 CEST 2012

The workshop is organized as a part of SLTC, the Fourth Swedish LanguageTechnology Conference, which takes place on 24-26 October 2012 in Lund,Sweden. The workshop is held on October 25, 2012.Details about the conference: http://nlp.cs.lth.se/events/sltc_2012/

This workshop will investigate the relation and complementarity betweenfactual and opinionated information for decision-making. Traditionally,natural language processing approaches and tools have segregated the objectiveand subjective treatments of information in two separate fields of expertisewhere the two never met. This workshop is an attempt to fill this gap andexamine the relation and complementarity that exists between the factual andthe speculative in order to build a more subtle representation of the state ofaffairs.

In their everyday routine, managers, professionals, even laymen, must dealwith a large amount of textual information to help make their decisions.Without appropriate language technology tools to extract, classify andsynthesize this information, decision-makers would have to read a large numberof so-called objective sources but arguably even more subjective andopinionated material. Facts and opinions would then be combined together tocreate an accurate picture of the entity or issue we seek to understand. Factsare of course crucial to make professional or personal decisions, but opinionsmay sometimes play a key role. For this workshop we have identified twospecific domains where factual and subjective information have an importance:brand management and health (patient empowerment and education), with an eyetowards clinical decision. However, any relevant domains where the factual andthe opinionated co-exist would be considered.

We encourage submissions addressing the following questions:

* Relevance of the extracted information (certainty, speculation andsubjectivity) in a decision making context
* How to combine objective and subjective information in NLP-based decisionmaking to produce a better understanding
* Exploitation of the objective and subjective information:
* How do managers combine the factual and the less tangible to favour the success of their brand?
* How does the patient understand a medical decision given objectiveinformation by the physician and subjective information related to his/herfeelings, as well as discussions with other patients?
* How does a physician combine what the data show about a patient withmore subjective information like symptoms or informed opinion from a third party?

We would like to invite anyone currently researching in the areas of sentimentanalysis, information extraction, text mining, BioNLP or automaticsummarization to submit apaper, including submissions presenting a discussion of a system.

Important dates

* September 10th: paper submission by email to genereux at clul.ul.pt
* October 1st: notification of acceptance
* October 15th: camera-ready papers for publication

Papers should be a maximum of 8 pages, all included and follow the SLTC format.Only pdf files are accepted.

Style files: The style files will be the same as for SLTC 2010.

(Confirmed) Program committee members

   Khurshid Ahmad (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
   Agata Jackiewicz (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)
   Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI, France)
   Ricardo Ribeiro ((DCTI)/IUL (ISTA) of ISCTE-IUL, Portugal)
   Jonathon Read (University of Oslo, Norway)
   Dina Demner-Fushman (NIH/NLM/LHC, USA)

Workshop organisation

The duration of the workshop is three hours. There will be regular (short)talks and according to the number and the quality of the submissions, posters.

Every paper will be reviewed by 2 members of the program committee. Allaccepted papers will be published in the NEALT Proceeding Series. Authors ofthe accepted papers will have to sign an agreement with NEALT publishers.

Details on place and time are provided at the conference website.

Workshop organizers

* Michel Généreux (CLUL, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal,genereux at clul.ul.pt )
* Thierry Hamon (LIM&BIO, Université Paris 13, Bobigny, France,thierry.hamon at univ-paris13.fr ) 
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