Appel: Workshop on Language Technology for Decision Support (2nd Call for Papers)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Thu Aug 16 08:24:09 UTC 2012

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:59:51 +0100
From: "Michel Généreux" <genereux at>
Message-Id: <20120814135627.M96320 at>

Workshop on Language Technology for Decision Support
October 25, 2012
Lund, Sweden

The workshop is organized as a part of SLTC, the Fourth Swedish Language
Technology Conference, which takes place on 24-26 October 2012 in
Lund,Sweden.  The workshop is held on October 25, 2012. Details about
the conference:

This workshop will investigate the relation and complementarity between
factual and opinionated information for decision-making. Traditionally,
natural language processing approaches and tools have segregated the
objective and subjective treatments of information in two separate
fields of expertise where the two never met. This workshop is an attempt
to fill this gap and examine the relation and complementarity that
exists between the factual and the speculative in order to build a more
subtle representation of the state of affairs.

In their everyday routine, managers, professionals, even laymen, must
deal with a large amount of textual information to help make their
decisions.  Without appropriate language technology tools to extract,
classify and synthesize this information, decision-makers would have to
read a large number of so-called objective sources but arguably even
more subjective and opinionated material. Facts and opinions would then
be combined together to create an accurate picture of the entity or
issue we seek to understand. Facts are of course crucial to make
professional or personal decisions, but opinions may sometimes play a
key role. For this workshop we have identified two specific domains
where factual and subjective information have an importance: brand
management and health (patient empowerment and education), with an eye
towards clinical decision. However, any relevant domains where the
factual and the opinionated co-exist would be considered.

We encourage submissions addressing the following questions:

* Relevance of the extracted information (certainty, speculation and
  subjectivity) in a decision making context

* How to combine objective and subjective information in NLP-based
  decision making to produce a better understanding

* Exploitation of the objective and subjective information:

* How do managers combine the factual and the less tangible to favour
  the success of their brand?

* How does the patient understand a medical decision given objective
  information by the physician and subjective information related to
  his/her feelings, as well as discussions with other patients?

* How does a physician combine what the data show about a patient with
  more subjective information like symptoms or informed opinion from a
  third party?

We would like to invite anyone currently researching in the areas of
sentiment analysis, information extraction, text mining, BioNLP or
automatic summarization to submit apaper, including submissions
presenting a discussion of a system.

Important dates

* September 10th: paper submission by email to genereux at
* October 1st: notification of acceptance
* October 15th: camera-ready papers for publication


Papers should be a maximum of 8 pages, all included and follow the SLTC
format. Only pdf files are accepted.

Style files: The style files will be the same as for SLTC 2010.

Program committee members

- Khurshid Ahmad (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
- Dina Demner-Fushman (NIH/NLM/LHC, USA)
- Roger Evans (NLTG, University of Brighton, UK)
- Agata Jackiewicz (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)
- Jonathon Read (University of Oslo, Norway)
- Ricardo Ribeiro ((DCTI)/IUL (ISTA) of ISCTE-IUL, Portugal)
- Harald Trost (CeMSIIS, Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
- Xinglong Wang (Brandwatch, UK)
- Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI, France)

Workshop organisation

The duration of the workshop is three hours. There will be regular
(short) talks and according to the number and the quality of the
submissions, posters.

Every paper will be reviewed by 2 members of the program committee. All
accepted papers will be published in the NEALT Proceeding
Series. Authors of the accepted papers will have to sign an agreement
with NEALT publishers.

Details on place and time are provided at the conference website.

Workshop organizers

* Michel Généreux (CLUL, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal,
  genereux at

* Thierry Hamon (LIM&BIO, Université Paris 13, Bobigny, France,
  thierry.hamon at 

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