Appel: Workshop on Language Technology for Decision Support

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sat Jun 23 20:26:24 UTC 2012

Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:27:01 +0100
From: "Michel Généreux" <genereux at>
Message-Id: <20120622152701.M83249 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
LanguageTechnology 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
betweenfactual and opinionated information for
decision-making. Traditionally,natural language processing approaches
and tools have segregated the objectiveand subjective treatments of
information in two separate fields of expertisewhere the two never
met. This workshop is an attempt to fill this gap andexamine the
relation and complementarity that exists between the factual andthe
speculative in order to build a more subtle representation of the state

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

We encourage submissions addressing the following questions:

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

* How to combine objective and subjective information in NLP-based
  decisionmaking 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
  objectiveinformation by the physician and subjective information
  related to his/herfeelings, as well as discussions with other

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

We would like to invite anyone currently researching in the areas of
sentimentanalysis, information extraction, text mining, BioNLP or
automaticsummarization 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.

(Confirmed) Program committee members

- Khurshid Ahmad (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
- Dina Demner-Fushman (NIH/NLM/LHC, USA)
- Agata Jackiewicz (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)
- Jonathon Read (University of Oslo, Norway)
- Ricardo Ribeiro ((DCTI)/IUL (ISTA) of ISCTE-IUL, Portugal)
- 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. Allaccepted papers will be published in the NEALT Proceeding
Series. Authors ofthe 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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