Appel: BioNLP 2010

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sat Jan 23 18:57:51 UTC 2010

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:33:33 +0100
From: Pierre Zweigenbaum <pz at>
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An ACL 2010 Workshop
Uppsala, Sweden, July 15
Workshop submissions due: Friday Apr 9, 2010, 11:59 PM Eastern US
Workshop web site:

Continuing a successful series of annual BioNLP workshops at ACL and
NAACL starting in 2002, and in accordance with the ACL SIGBIOMED
( tradition of presenting work on a broad range of
topics, we invite submissions on any topic of current interest in the
field of Biomedical Natural Language Processing.

Along with accepting submissions this year on any topic of current
interest in the field, we will encourage submissions on practical
applications of BioNLP.

We especially encourage submissions on:

 - Entity identification and normalization
   for a broad range of semantic categories
 - Species-independent gene normalization
 - Extraction of complex relations
 - Discourse analysis
 - Anaphora resolution
 - Coreference resolution
 - Text mining
 - Summarization
     -- Summarization/translation of clinical data for patients
 - Question answering
 - Resources and novel strategies for system testing and evaluation

Submission deadline: Friday Apr 9, 2010
Notification of acceptance: Monday May 10, 2010
Camera-ready copy due from authors: Friday May 21, 2010
Workshop: Thursday, Jul 15, 2010

Dr. John Wilbur, NCBI/NLM
Second speaker TBA

Two types of submissions are invited: full papers and poster
Submissions are due by 11:59 PM EST on Friday Apr 9, 2010. Submit
your paper or abstract via the ACL website:

Full papers should not exceed eight (8) pages of text and one page of
references. These are intended to be reports of original research.
BioNLP aims to be the forum for interesting, innovative, and promising
work involving biomedicine and language technology, whether or not
yielding high performance at the moment.
This by no means precludes our interest in and preference for mature
results, strong performance, and thorough evaluation.
Both types of research and combinations thereof are encouraged.

Poster abstracts should not exceed two (2) pages. Accepted abstracts
will be published in a separate section of the workshop proceedings.
Appropriate poster topics include preliminary results, application
notes, descriptions of work in progress, etc.

Submissions must be electronic and in PDF format, and should follow
the two-column format of ACL proceedings. Please see the conference
website for detailed typesetting specifications.
Authors are strongly encouraged to use the style files and formatting
instructions available on the ACL conference website:

Submissions need to be anonymous.
Authors who cannot submit a PDF file electronically should contact the
workshop organizers well in advance of the submission deadline.

Dual submission policy: note that papers may not be submitted to the
BioNLP 2010 workshop if they are or will be concurrently submitted to
another meeting or publication and that other meeting or publication
prohibits dual submissions. If your paper is also submitted to ISMB or
AMIA, you should expect it to be rejected by ISMB and AMIA. If your
paper is or will be concurrently under consideration by another
meeting or publication, notify us of that fact in a footnote on the
first page. Do not dual-submit your BioNLP 2010 workshop paper to ISMB
or AMIA.

ACL is providing a mentoring (coaching) service for authors from
regions of the world where English is less emphasized as a language of
scientific exchange. Many authors from these regions, although able to
read the scientific literature in English, have little or no
experience in writing papers in English for conferences such as the
ACL meetings. The service will be arranged as follows. A set of
potential mentors will be identified by Mentoring Service Chairs Bj?rn
Gamb‰ck (SICS, Sweden and NTNU, Norway) and Diana McCarthy (Lexical
Computing Ltd., UK), who will organize this service for ACL 2010. If
you would like to take advantage of the service for a submission to
this workshop, please upload your paper in PDF format using the paper
submission software for the mentoring service available at:

The deadline for the mentoring service is six weeks before the
workshop submission deadline. An appropriate mentor will be assigned
to your paper and the mentor will get back to you no later than two
weeks before the submission deadline.

Please note that this service is for the benefit of the authors as
described above. It is not a general mentoring service for authors to
improve the technical content of their papers.

Questions about the mentoring service should be referred to
mentoring at

  * Kevin Bretonnel Cohen, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  * Dina Demner-Fushman, US National Library of Medicine
  * Sophia Ananiadou, National Centre for Text Mining
    and University of Manchester, UK
  * John Pestian, Computational Medicine Center, Cincinnati Children's
    Hospital and Medical Center
  * Jun-ichi Tsujii, University of Tokyo, Japan
    and University of Manchester, UK
  * Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh, UK

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