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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
<> no 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
proceedings. Important Dates April 28, 2014: Deadline for paper submission
(midnight Pacific Daylight Time) May 10, 2014: Notification to authorsMay
17, 2014: Camera-ready papers dueJuly 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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