Extraction of Structured Information from Texts
in the Biomedical Domain


ESIT-BioMed 2010

Workshop in Association with

ICCS'10 - 18th International Conference On Conceptual Structures

26-30 July, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Automated data retrieval from biomedical texts is a challenging task which attracts increasing attention. The volume of biomedical literature is growing so fast that text mining is viewed as the only means to identify, extract and store facts about biomedical entities and relationships of interest. The electronic archives of biomedical texts include biomedical scientific literature publications, electronic medical records related to patients and their clinical data, and large number of health related web resources. Different text genres pose different methodological challenges, due to their style features. Information extraction techniques also depend on the particular natural language and the specific application targets. Many approaches have been proposed for information extraction from biomedical texts, ranging from statistical methods to advanced natural language processing systems. They operate on lexical and knowledge repositories such as classification terminologies, controlled vocabularies, factual databases, ontologies, and annotated corpora. But still, there is no consensus regarding the best practices to attack the biomedical extraction challenges; similarly, there are no established solutions of how to structure the extracted facts in order to ensure their most efficient use and application.

Conceptual Structures are motivated by C.S. Peirce's Existential Graphs and over the years ICCS has broadened scope to include innovations from a wider range of theories and related practices, among them Formal Concept Analysis, Existential Graphs, Description Logics, Ontologies, Concept Mapping and more. Accordingly, ICCS represents a family of approaches related to conceptual structures that build on the successes with techniques derived from artificial intelligence, knowledge representation and reasoning, applied mathematics and lattice theory, computational linguistics, conceptual modeling and design, visual reasoning and logic, intelligent systems and knowledge management.

Workshop was great, but did not get enough papers for a publication. Authors are welcome to publish these works as written somewhere else.

Workshop Co-Program Chairs

Rayner Alfred, Sabah University, Malaysia
Galia Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Heather D. Pfeiffer, New Mexico State University, USA
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Program Committee

Fatimah Dato Ahmad, Universiti Putra, Malaysia
Patricia Anthony, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
Svetla Boytcheva, State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Bulgaria
Kevin Cohen, University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA
Madalina Croitoru, LIRMM, University of Montpelier, France
Georgi Georgiev, Ontotext AD, Bulgaria
Vangelis Karkaletsis, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, Athens, Greece
Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
Preslav Nakov, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Simon Polovina, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Frederique Segond, Xerox Research Centre Europe, France
Marina Sokolova,Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Canada
Dimitar Tcharaktchiev, Medical University Sofia, Bulgaria
Emma Tonkin, University of Bath, UKOLN, Bath, UK
Pinar Wennerberg, CIS LMU and Siemens AG, Germany



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