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Call for Papers

6th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care (KR4HC'14)

Organized as One Full Day Workshop
Vienna, Austria - July 21st, 2014
In conjunction with the 14th International Conference 
on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
within the Vienna Summer on Logic 2014
Web site:


As computerized health-care support systems are rapidly becoming more knowledge intensive, the representation of medical knowledge in a form that enables reasoning is growing in relevance and taking a more central role in the area of Medical Informatics. In order to achieve a successful decision-support and knowledge management approach to medical knowledge representation, the scientific community has to provide efficient representations, technologies, and tools to integrate all the important elements that health care providers work with: electronic health records and health care information systems, clinical practice guidelines and standardized medical technologies, codification standards, etc.

Synergies to integrate the above mentioned elements and types of knowledge must be sought both in the medical problems (e.g., prevention, diagnosis, therapy, prognosis, etc.) and also in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence technologies (e.g., natural language processing, digital libraries, knowledge representation, knowledge integration and merging, decision support systems, machine learning, e-learning, etc.). The fifth international KR4HC workshop will aim at attracting the interest of novel research and advances contributing in the definition, representation and exploitation of health care knowledge in medical informatics. Both well-founded theoretical works and applications are welcome.

History of the Workshop 
The first KR4HC workshop , held in conjunction with the 12th Artificial Intelligence in Medicine conference (AIME’09), brought together members of two existing communities: the clinical guidelines and protocols community, who held a line of four workshops (European Workshop on Computerized Guidelines and Protocols CPG’2000 and CPG’2004; AI Techniques in Health Care: Evidence-based Guidelines and Protocols 2006; Computer-based Clinical Guidelines and Protocols 2008), and a related community who held a series of three workshops devoted to the formalization, organization, and deployment of procedural knowledge in health care (CBMS’07 Special Track on Machine Learning and Management of Health Care Procedural Knowledge 2007; From Medical Knowledge to Global Health Care 2007; Knowledge Management for Health Care Procedures 2008). Since then, two more KR4HC workshops have been held KR4HC'10 and KR4HC'11 , in conjunction with the ECAI’10 and the AIME’11 conferences. In 2012, the Forth KR4HC workshop was organized in conjunction with ProHealth as part of the BPM’12 conference. We continuing the efforts that with a second Joint Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care and Process-Oriented Information Systems in Health Care (KR4HC/ProHealth) in the 14th Artificial Intelligence in Medicine conference (AIME’13). This year, the Sixth International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Heath Care is organized together with the KR'14 conference within the Vienna Summer of Logic.

Intended Audience

The KR4HC-2014 workshop will deal with different facets of knowledge representation in health care and will give insights into the technological challenges, applications, and perspectives emerging in this context. With varied contents, we hope to present a lively and inspiring program for participants from academia, industry, and health care organizations.


Original contributions are sought, regarding the development of theory, techniques, and use cases of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Representation in the area of health care, particularly connected to patient data, guidelines and medical processes.

Papers are expected to have as main keyword someone in the keyword list provided.

All papers are expected in one of the submission formats available.

Submit paper at
Keyword List

Binding formal knowledge and electronic patient records:
The use of ontologies, conceptual models and medical vocabularies for linking computerized guidelines and protocols to EPRs
Techniques for simulating computerized guidelines against the content of EPRs
Evaluation of quality and safety of computerized guidelines in the light of EPR data
Checking compliance with guidelines and protocols against EPRs, including the use of quality indicators
Interoperability of clinical guidelines for EPRs with comorbidity
Use cases and deployments of computerized guidelines and protocols with EPRs
Patient Health Record & Electronic Health Record
Health care knowledge development, management, validation and operation:
Knowledge representation and ontologies for health-care processes
Formalization of medical processes and knowledge-based health-care models
The use of ontologies, conceptual models and medical vocabularies for representing descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
Combining medical guidelines with care pathways and the care delivery process
Knowledge extraction from health-care databases and EPRs
Temporal knowledge representations and exploitation
Knowledge combination, personalization and adaptation for health care processes
Knowledge validation and Quality of Care (e.g., checking compliance with guidelines and protocols against patient data, the use of quality indicators, or simulation of guideline against patient data)
Digital libraries and repositories of health-care procedural knowledge, guidelines and protocols
Knowledge-based learning of health-care processes (e.g., data mining form guideline construction)
Use case and deployments of formal representation of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
Knowledge representation for clinical trials, trial design, trial feasibility, and trial recruitment
Visualization of EPR, health-care processes, and guidelines
Tools, systems and applications:
Methods and tools for change and version management of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
Acquisition, refinement and exploration of the temporal aspect of guidelines and protocols
Supporting the life cycle of guidelines and protocols
Experiences in deploying knowledge-based tools in health care
Applications and results of knowledge models in real medical settings
Submission Formats

There are two categories of paper submissions:
- Full research papers of 12 to 14 pages showing mature works.
- Short papers of 4 to 6 pages that are short research papers, position papers, problem analysis papers, or demonstration of implemented systems. 

Short papers won't be considered for publication in Springer LNAI, unless explicit invitation of the workshop organizers conditioned to the high quality of the paper.

All papers are expected in Springer LNCS style.
Submissions are expected by Easychair:

Important Dates

Final manuscript:
April 15th, 2014
May 26th 2014
July 1st 2014
Monday, July 21 2014
Organizing Committe

Silvia Miksch, Vienna University of Technology, Austria 
David Riańo, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain 
Annette ten Teije, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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