[Elsnet-list] Final Call for Papers: Workshop on Language Technology for Decision Support

Michel Généreux genereux at clul.ul.pt
Wed Sep 5 13:48:11 CEST 2012

Workshop on Language Technology for Decision Support
October 25, 2012
Lund, Sweden


The workshop is organized as a part of SLTC, the Fourth Swedish Language
Technology Conference, which takes place on 24-26 October 2012 in Lund,Sweden.
The workshop is held on October 25, 2012. Details about the conference:

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

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

We encourage submissions addressing the following questions:

* Relevance of the extracted information (certainty, speculation and
subjectivity) in a decision making context

* How to combine objective and subjective information in NLP-based decision
making 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 objective
information by the physician and subjective information related to his/her
feelings, as well as discussions with other patients?

* How does a physician combine what the data show about a patient with more
subjective information like symptoms or informed opinion from a third party?

We would like to invite anyone currently researching in the areas of sentiment
analysis, information extraction, text mining, BioNLP or automatic
summarization 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.

Program committee members

- Khurshid Ahmad (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
- Dina Demner-Fushman (NIH/NLM/LHC, USA)
- Roger Evans (NLTG, University of Brighton, UK)
- Agata Jackiewicz (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)
- Jonathon Read (University of Oslo, Norway)
- Ricardo Ribeiro ((DCTI)/IUL (ISTA) of ISCTE-IUL, Portugal)
- Harald Trost (CeMSIIS, Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
- Xinglong Wang (Brandwatch, UK)
- Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI, France)

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. All
accepted papers will be published in the NEALT Proceeding Series. Authors of
the 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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