Appel: SIGIR Medical Information Retrieval Workshop

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Sat Mar 1 09:57:51 UTC 2014

Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:47:54 +0000
From: Liadh Kelly <lkelly at>
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    Medical Information Retrieval (MedIR) Workshop

    At SIGIR 2014, July 11 2014, Gold Coast, Australia

    Call for Papers (2 & 4 page)

Submission deadline: April 28

Medical information search refers to methodologies and technologies that
seek to improve access to medical information archives via a process of
information retrieval (IR). Such information is now potentially
accessible from many sources including the general web, social media,
journal articles, and hospital records.

Medical information is of interest to a wide variety of users, including
patients and their families, researchers, general practitioners and
clinicians, and practitioners with specific expertise such as
radiologists. Despite the popularity of the medical domain for users of
search engines, and current interest in this topic within the
information retrieval research community, development of search and
access technologies remains particularly challenging. One of the central
issues in medical information search is diversity of the users of these
services. In particular, they will have varying categories of
information needs, varying levels of medical knowledge, and varying
language skills. In addition, the format, reliability, and quality of
biomedical and medical information varies greatly. A single health
record can contain clinical notes, technical pathology data, images, and
patient-contributed histories, and may be linked by a physician to
research papers. The importance of health and medical topics and their
impact on people's everyday lives makes the need for retrieval of
accurate and reliable information especially important. Determining the
likely reliability of available information is challenging. Finally, as
with information retrieval in general, the evaluation of medical search
tools is vital and challenging. For example, there are no established or
standardized baselines or evaluation metrics, and limited availability
of test collections.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in medical 
information search with the goal of identifying specific research 
challenges that need to be addressed to advance the state-of-the-art and 
to foster interdisciplinary collaborations towards the meeting of these 
challenges. To enable this, we encourage participation from researchers 
in all fields related to medical information search including mainstream 
information retrieval, but also natural language processing, 
multilingual text processing, and medical image analysis.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

         - Users and information needs
         - Semantics and NLP for medical IR
         - Reliability and trust in medical IR
         - Personalised search
         - Evaluation of medical IR
         - Multilingual issues in medical IR
         - Multimedia technologies in medical IR
         - The role of social media in medical IR

    Paper Submissions

The workshop is now accepting paper submissions. Short papers (4 pages)
and short position papers (2 pages) describing approaches or ideas /
challenges on the topics of the workshop are invited. Submissions should
be in ACM SIGS format. LaTeX and Word templates are available at (for LaTeX,
use the "Option 2" style).

Papers should be anonymised for double blind review and submitted in pdf
format through the EasyChair system later than
midnight Pacific Daylight Time on April 28, 2014. Submissions will be
reviewed by members of the workshop program committee. Accepted papers
will be included in the SIGIR 2014 Medical Information Search Workshop

    Important Dates

April 28, 2014: Deadline for paper submission (midnight Pacific Daylight
May 10, 2014: Notification to authors
May 17, 2014: Camera-ready papers due
July 11, 2014: Workshop

    Further Information

Further information is available on the workshop website at or by emailing the workshop organisers.

    Workshop Organisers

Lorraine Goeuriot, Dublin City University, Ireland

Gareth J.F. Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland

Liadh Kelly, Dublin City University, Ireland

Henning Müller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Justin Zobel, University of Melbourne, Australia

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