[Elsnet-list] BioASQ Workshop on biomedical text classification, IR, QA, summarization - Call for papers

Ion Androutsopoulos ionandr at gmail.com
Thu Jul 4 18:09:23 CEST 2013

Apologies for multiple postings.

BioASQ Workshop
Website: http://www.bioasq.org/news/bioasq-workshop
Project URL: http://www.bioasq.org/
Post-conference workshop after CLEF 2013, September 27, Valencia, Spain


Every day, we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. In domains such as
bio-medicine, approximately 3000 new articles are published on the Web
every day. This averages to more than 2 articles every minute. In
addition to the sheer amount of information available on the Web, the
variety of this information increases everyday and ranges for structured
data in the form of ontologies to unstructured data in the form of
documents. Staying on top of this huge amount of diverse data requires
methods that allow detecting and integrating portions of datasets that
satisfy the information need of given users from sources such as
documents, ontologies, Linked Data sets, etc. Developing tools to
achieve this bold goal requires combining techniques from several
disciplines including Natural Language Processing (e.g., question
answering, document summarization, ontology verbalization), Information
Retrieval (e.g., document and passage retrieval), Machine Learning
(e.g., large-scale hierarchical classification, clustering, etc.),
Semantic Web/Linked Data (e.g., reasoning, link discovery) and Databases
(e.g., storage and retrieval of triples, indexing, etc.).

The aim of the BioASQ workshop is to bring experts from these domains
together in order to push the research frontier towards hybrid
information systems that will be able to deal with the whole diversity
of the Web, especially for, but not restricted to the context of
bio-medicine. During the workshop, the results of the open BioASQ
challenge will also be presented.

The topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):

* Large-scale hierarchical text classification
* Large-scale classification of documents onto ontology concepts
(semantic indexing)
* Classification of questions onto ontological concepts
* Scalable approaches to document clustering
* Text summarization, especially multi-document and query-focused
* Verbalization of structured information and related queries (RDF, OWL,
SPARQL, etc.)
* Question Answering over structured, semi-structured and unstructured data
* Reasoning for information retrieval and question answering
* Information retrieval over fragmented sources of information
* Efficient indexing and storage structures for information retrieval
* Delivery of the retrieved information in a concise and
user-understandable form

Papers are to be submitted in the LNCS format. We accept both short
(max. 6 pages) and long submissions (max. 12 pages). All submissions
must be carried out on EasyChair
(https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bioasq2013). The
proceedings will be published at http://ceur-ws.org/.

Important dates
Submission Deadline: August 15th, 2013
Notification of acceptance/rejection: August 31st, 2013
Camera-Ready Deadline: September 15th, 2013
Workshop: September 27th, 2013

The BioASQ project, led by George Paliouras, NCSR "Demokritos", Greece.

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