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Subject: [ E-CFP ] CFP - TIA 2013 workshop on Optimizing understanding in multilingual hospital encounters
From: <nathalie.aussenac-gilles_(on)_irit.fr>
Date received: 26 Jul 2013
Deadline: 10 Sep 2013
Start date: 30 Oct 2013

Call for contributions. We invite you to send a short paper (4
pages, presentation time 15 minutes) for the Workshop on:
Optimizing understanding in multilingual hospital encounters

TIA, Paris, 30 October 2013

In this workshop we will bring together participants who have
solutions for one or more of the following problems:

How can mutual understanding be optimized with the help of
technology in hospitals where both patients and professionals
have varying language skills, cultural backgrounds and cognitive

Can domain ontologies, natural language processing tools,
multilingual knowledge-based tools, multilingual terminology
resources and other semantic technologies be combined in order to
enhance the quality of mutual understanding between humans?

Multi-language web apps already exist that make it easier for
different health professionals to improve communication through
the use of terminology and phrases like standard questions and
explanations in multiple languages. We solicit ideas on how
technology can optimize the usability of this type of resource
and of other types of resources and on how new technologies can
reuse all types of existing terminological resources.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from
several domains, and practitioners from industry, academia and
health policy making bodies to report on recent developments,
achievements, technology trends and research results on projects
concerning the optimization of understanding in multilingual
hospital encounters and the possibilities of applying web-based
technologies to this end.

What follows is a non-exhaustive list of topics of interest for
this workshop.

· One of the topics is how cloud-based technology can optimize
understanding in caretaker - caregiver communication in a variety
of hospital settings where misunderstanding might be lurking
because of incompatible language skills, cultural differences,
terminology, etc.

· We welcome contributions in the field of current semantic
web-based technologies, techniques and tools with the aim of
reusing distributed data on the web and exploring web-based
health applications.

· We also solicit examples of service-oriented collective
intelligence and language resource interoperability. How can
existing hospital infrastructures of several kinds be designed
for caregivers and for care takers as end users?

· A clinical pathway is a decision-tree based on clinical
assessment that guides the triage, history taking and further
examination of a patient with a particular clinical problem. We
solicit examples of clinical pathways for identifying and
treating specific disorders at triage and history taking in
hospital emergency wards where caretakers and patients do not
speak the same language, in which the linguistic and cultural
background of a patient are taken into consideration.

· General-purpose machine translation tools are not reliable for
the translation of medical records. We solicit examples of the
use of machine translation tools (trained to target specific
domains in medicine?) to enhance understanding between caregivers
and caretakers in well-defined contexts.


Rita Temmerman

Centrum voor Vaktaal en Communicatie (CVC) - Applied Linguistics

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 5 B-1050 Brussel

02 629 1110




Guadalupe Aguado De Cea

Ontology Engineering Group


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


Members of the programme committee (some still to be confirmed):

Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (IRIT, CNRS, Toulouse, France)

Christian Chiarcos (Universität Potsdam, Germany)

Philippe Cimiano (CITEC Bielefeld Germany)

Oscar Corcho (UPM, Madrid, Spain)

Stefan Darmoni (Département d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique
CHU Rouen, France)

Göran Falkman (School of Humanities and Informatics, University
of Skövde, Sweden)

Natalia Grabar (Université de Lille 3, France)

Asunción Goméz Peréz (OEG, Universidad Politécnica Madrid, Spain)

Thierry Hamon (Institut Galilée Paris 13, France)

Marie-Christine Jaulent (INSERM - Paris, France)

Aurélie Névéol (CNRS, France)

Stefan Schulz (Medical University of Graz, Austria)

Annette Ten Teije (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Marc Van Campenhoudt (Termisti Bruxelles, Belgium)

· Paper due date: 10 September 2013

· Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2013

· Camera-ready deadline: 10 October 2013

· Workshop: 30 October 2013 Instructions for authors: please send
a 4 page short paper the templates available at

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