[Elsnet-list] CFP - TIA 2013 workshop on Optimizing understanding in multilingual hospital encounters

Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles nathalie.aussenac-gilles at irit.fr
Fri Jul 26 17:41:17 CEST 2013

Call for contributions. We invite you to send a short paper (4 pages, 
presentation time 15 minutes) for the

  Workshop on:

  Optimizing understanding in multilingual hospital encounters

TIA, Paris, 30 October 2013

In this workshop we will bring together participants who have solutions 
for one or more of the following problems:

How can mutual understanding be optimized with the help of technology in 
hospitals where both patients and professionals have varying language 
skills, cultural backgrounds and cognitive capacities?

Can domain ontologies, natural language processing tools, multilingual 
knowledge-based tools, multilingual terminology resources and other 
semantic technologies be combined in order to enhance the quality of 
mutual understanding between humans?

Multi-language web apps already exist that make it easier for different 
health professionals to improve communication through the use of 
terminology and phrases like standardquestions and explanations in 
multiple languages. We solicit ideas on how technology can optimize the 
usability of this type of resource and of other types of resources and 
on how new technologies can reuse all types of existing terminological 

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from several 
domains, and practitioners from industry, academia and health policy 
making bodies to report on recent developments, achievements, technology 
trends and research results on projects concerning the optimization of 
understanding in multilingual hospital encounters and the possibilities 
of applying web-based technologies to this end.

What follows is a non-exhaustive list of topics of interest for this 

·One of the topics is how cloud-based technology can optimize 
understanding in caretaker - caregiver communication in a variety of 
hospital settings where misunderstanding might be lurking because of 
incompatible language skills, cultural differences, terminology, etc.

·We welcome contributions in the field of current semantic web-based 
technologies, techniques and tools with the aim of reusing distributed 
data on the web and exploring web-based health applications.

·We also solicit examples of service-oriented collective intelligence 
and language resource interoperability. How can existing hospital 
infrastructures of several kinds be designed for caregivers and for care 
takers as end users?

·A clinical pathway is a decision-tree based on clinical assessment that 
guides the triage, history taking and further examination of a patient 
with a particular clinical problem. We solicit examples of clinical 
pathways for identifying and treating specific disorders at triage and 
history taking in hospital emergency wards where caretakers and patients 
do not speak the same language, in whichthe linguistic and cultural 
background of a patient are taken into consideration.

·General-purpose machine translation tools are not reliable for the 
translation of medical records. We solicit examples of the use of 
machine translation tools (trained to target specific domains in 
medicine?) to enhance understanding between caregivers and caretakers in 
well-defined contexts.


Rita Temmerman

Centrum voor Vaktaal en Communicatie (CVC) -- Applied Linguistics

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 5B-1050 Brussel

02 629 1110

rita.temmerman at vub.ac.be<mailto:rita.temmerman at vub.ac.be>



Guadalupe Aguado De Cea

*/Ontology Engineering Group/*


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

lupe at fi.upm.es <mailto:lupe at fi.upm.es>

Members of the programme committee (some still to be confirmed):

Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles  (IRIT, CNRS, Toulouse, France)

Christian Chiarcos(Universität Potsdam, Germany)

Philippe Cimiano(CITEC Bielefeld Germany)

Oscar Corcho (UPM, Madrid, Spain)

Stefan Darmoni (Département d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique CHU 
Rouen, France)

Göran Falkman (School of Humanities and Informatics, University of 
Skövde, Sweden)

Natalia Grabar (Université de Lille 3, France)

Asunción Goméz Peréz (OEG, Universidad Politécnica Madrid, Spain)

Thierry Hamon(Institut GaliléeParis 13, France)

Marie-Christine Jaulent (INSERM -- Paris, France)

Aurélie Névéol (CNRS, France)

Stefan Schulz (Medical University of Graz, Austria)

Annette Ten Teije (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Marc Van Campenhoudt (Termisti Bruxelles, Belgium)

·Paper due date: *10 September 2013*

·Notification of acceptance: *30 September 2013*

·Camera-ready deadline: *10 October 2013*

·Workshop: *30 October 2013*

Instructions for authors: please send a 4 page short paper the templates 
available at

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