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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 
<>(for LaTeX, 
use the "Option 2" style).

Papers should be anonymised for double blind review and submitted in pdf 
format through the EasyChair system 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 

    Important Dates

April 28, 2014: Deadline for paper submission (midnight Pacific Daylight 
May 10, 2014: Notification to authors
May 17, 2014: Camera-ready papers due
July 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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