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Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 16:44:34 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>

Subject: ACL-02 Workshop CFP: NLP in the Biomedical Domain

ACL-02 ( Workshop

Natural Language Processing in the Biomedical Domain

July 11 - 12
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA),
Special Interest Group on Natural Language Processing (NLP-SIG).

Workshop Description

The aim of this workshop is to focus on challenges in processing
biomedical language and to present results in developing techniques for 
this domain. Biomedicine comprises biological sciences, clinical medicine, 
public health and education. This domain presents many opportunities for NLP
technologies such as information extraction from biomedical texts, document 
and answer retrieval from large, unstructured text collections (such as the
biomedical literature and the World Wide Web), and interaction with users 
through natural language.  Until recently, the level of collaboration between
core computational linguistics researchers and the biomedical informatics
community has been limited.  The purpose of this workshop is to take
active steps towards bridging that gap. Indeed, this would be the first
workshop under the auspices of the ACL entirely devoted to biomedical language

The biomedical informatics community conducts basic research on natural
language processing, but has a strong focus on practical applications,
large-scale systems, and rigorous evaluation to show real-world impact.

They have helped develop a number of large, complex resources for biomedical
terminology, such as the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS),
International Classification of Disease (ICD), Systematized Nomenclature
of Medicine (SNOMED), Human Genome Organization Gene Nomenclature (HUGO),
and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).  There is also substantial experience
with large corpora, deployed system prototypes and statistical techniques. 

The computational linguistics community can benefit from these experiences
and resources, while contributing recent technologies and methodologies.  
The biomedical domain presents many exciting challenges for collaboration
between both communities.

We envision the outcome of this workshop to consist of concrete steps
towards establishing links between research groups from both camps for future

We invite submissions including but not limited to the following areas:

-       Information extraction
-       Information retrieval
-       Natural language interfaces
-       Text mining
-       Text summarization
-       Speech recognition
-       Integration of system components
-       Lexicon and terminology acquisition
-       Characterization of biomedical language
-       Evaluation of biomedical applications

Format for Submission

Authors are requested to submit one electronic version of their papers 
four hardcopies. Please submit hardcopies only if electronic submission
is impossible. Maximum length is 8 pages including figures and references.
Please conform to the traditional two-column ACL Proceedings format. 
Style files can be downloaded from

Email submissions should be sent to:

Hard copy submissions should be sent to:

Stephen Johnson
Department of Medical Informatics
Columbia University
622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032


Paper Submission Deadline       Mar 15
Acceptance Notification 	Apr 19
Final Version Deadline  	May 17


Stephen Johnson (Columbia University), chair AMIA NLP-SIG
Udo Hahn (Freiburg University, Germany)
Judith Klavans (Columbia University)

Program Committee

Robert Baud (University Hospital of Geneva)
Tom Rindflesch (National Library of Medicine)
Robert Futrelle (Northeastern University)
Nina Wachholder (Rutgers University)
Tsujii Junichi (University of Tokyo)
Carol Friedman (Columbia University)
Donia Scott (University of Brighton)
Lynette Hirschman (MITRE Corporation)
Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh)
Pierre Zweigenbaum (University Pierre and Marie Curie)