Biomedical Question Answering Workshop CfP

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BioASQ Workshop
Project URL:
Post-conference workshop after CLEF 2013, September 27, Valencia, Spain

Every day, we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. In domains such as 
bio-medicine, approximately 3000 new articles are published on the Web 
every day. This averages to more than 2 articles every minute. In 
addition to the sheer amount of information available on the Web, the 
variety of this information increases everyday and ranges for structured 
data in the form of ontologies to unstructured data in the form of 
documents. Staying on top of this huge amount of diverse data requires 
methods that allow detecting and integrating portions of datasets that 
satisfy the information need of given users from sources such as 
documents, ontologies, Linked Data sets, etc. Developing tools to 
achieve this bold goal requires combining techniques from several 
disciplines including Natural Language Processing (e.g., question 
answering, document summarization, ontology verbalization), Information 
Retrieval (e.g., document and passage retrieval), Machine Learning 
(e.g., large-scale hierarchical classification, clustering, etc.), 
Semantic Web/Linked Data (e.g., reasoning, link discovery) and Databases 
(e.g., storage and retrieval of triples, indexing, etc.).

The aim of the BioASQ workshop is to bring experts from these domains 
together in order to push the research frontier towards hybrid 
information systems that will be able to deal with the whole diversity 
of the Web, especially for, but not restricted to the context of 
bio-medicine. During the workshop, the results of the open BioASQ 
challenge will also be presented.

The topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):

* Large-scale hierarchical text classification
* Large-scale classification of documents onto ontology concepts 
(semantic indexing)
* Classification of questions onto ontological concepts
* Scalable approaches to document clustering
* Text summarization, especially multi-document and query-focused 
* Verbalization of structured information and related queries (RDF, OWL, 
SPARQL, etc.)
* Question Answering over structured, semi-structured and unstructured data
* Reasoning for information retrieval and question answering
* Information retrieval over fragmented sources of information
* Efficient indexing and storage structures for information retrieval
* Delivery of the retrieved information in a concise and 
user-understandable form

Papers are to be submitted in the LNCS format. We accept both short 
(max. 6 pages) and long submissions (max. 12 pages). All submissions 
must be carried out on EasyChair 
( The 
proceedings will be published at

*Important dates*:
Submission Deadline: August 15th, 2013
Notification of acceptance/rejection: August 31st, 2013
Camera-Ready Deadline: September 15th, 2013
Workshop: September 27th, 2013

The BioASQ project, led by George Paliouras, NCSR “Demokritos”, Greece.

Axel Ngonga, Dr. rer. nat
Augustusplatz 10
Room P616
04109 Leipzig

Tel: +49 (0)341 9732341
Fax: +49 (0)341 9732239

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