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EMNLP 2018 Workshop - The Ninth International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis (LOUHI 2018)

Deadline : 6 juillet 2018


EMNLP 2018 Workshop - The Ninth International Workshop on Health Text
Mining and Information Analysis (LOUHI 2018)

Location : EMNLP 2018, in Brussels, Belgium (31 October or 1 November

Submission deadline : July 6, 2018

** Call for Papers **

The Ninth 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. 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 8 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 ; LOUHI 2015 was co-located with EMNLP in
Lisbon, Portugal ; LOUHI 2016 was co-located with EMNLP in Austin, Texas ;
and LOUHI 2017 was held in Sydney, Australia.

LOUHI 2018 is soliciting papers describing original research. Papers
must describe substantial and completed work but could also focus on a
contribution, a negative result, a software package or work in progress.
The topics 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

** Important Dates **

Long and Short Paper submission deadline : July 6, 2018
Notification to authors : August 10, 2018
Camera-ready papers due : August 31, 2018
Workshop : October 31 or November 1, 2018

** 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. Accepted papers will be invited for
publication in Journal of biomedical semantics, after passing a second
post-workshop review for the journal. According to past experiences,
full papers / long papers tend to be mature enough for a short review
period, whereas short papers would have to be extended to a proper full
paper passing a full review.

The submissions should be in PDF format and anonymized for review. All
submissions must be written in English and follow the EMNLP 2018
formatting requirements (available on the EMNLP 2018 website). We
strongly advise the use of the Word or LaTeX template files provided by
EMNLP 2018 (

* 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 2018 will only accept electronic submission via its START submission
system (

** Invited Speaker **


** Organizers **

LOUHI 2018 is organized by the NLP group at FBK-ict in Trento, Italy.

Organization committee :

Alberto Lavelli (FBK, Trento, Italy)
Anne-Lyse Minard (IRISA, CNRS, Rennes, France)
Fabio Rinaldi (University of Zurich, Switzerland & FBK, Trento, Italy)

** Programme Committee **


Contact person : lavelli A@T

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