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Subject: [ E-CFP ] workshop on Language technology for decision support
From: <genereux_(on)_clul.ul.pt>
Date received: 22 Jun 2012
Deadline: 10 Sep 2012
Start date: 25 Oct 2012





The workshop is organized as a part of SLTC, the Fourth Swedish
Language Technology Conference, which takes place on 24-26
October 2012 in Lund, Sweden. The workshop is held on October 25,
2012. Details about the conference:
http://nlp.cs.lth.se/events/sltc_2012/

This workshop will investigate the relation and complementarity
between factual and opinionated information for decision-making.
Traditionally, natural language processing approaches and tools
have segregated the objective and subjective treatments of
information in two separate fields of expertise where the two
never met. This workshop is an attempt to fill this gap and
examine the relation and complementarity that exists between the
factual and the speculative in order to build a more subtle
representation of the state of affairs.

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

We encourage submissions addressing the following questions:

    Relevance of the extracted information (certainty,
    speculation and subjectivity) in a decision making context
    How to combine objective and subjective information in
    NLP-based decision making 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 objective information by
    the physician and subjective information related to his/her
    feelings, as well as discussions with other patients? How
    does a physician combine what the data show about a patient
    with more subjective information like symptoms or informed
    opinion from a third party?

We would like to invite anyone currently researching in the areas
of sentiment analysis, information extraction, text mining,
BioNLP or automatic summarization to submit a paper, including
submissions presenting a discussion of a system.

Important dates

    September 10th: paper submission by email to
    genereux_(at)_clul.ul.pt October 1st: notification of acceptance
    October 15th: camera-ready papers for publication

Submission

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) Agata
   Jackiewicz (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France) Pierre
   Zweigenbaum (LIMSI, France) Ricardo Ribeiro ((DCTI)/IUL (ISTA)
   of ISCTE-IUL, Portugal) Jonathon Read (University of Oslo,
   Norway) Dina Demner-Fushman (NIH/NLM/LHC, USA)

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. All accepted papers will be published in the NEALT
Proceeding Series. Authors of the 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)_clul.ul.pt ) Thierry Hamon (LIM&BIO,
    Université Paris 13, Bobigny, France,
    thierry.hamon_(at)_univ-paris13.fr )

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