Banzai News and Events

2014
6th KR4HC Workshop
Web: web site.

Summary: The 6th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care is organized within the Vienna Summer Logic Multi-Conference in Vienna, Austria, July 21st, 2014.
2014
Aida Kamisalic PhD Defense
Univerza v Mariboru


Summary
:  Aida Kamisalic obtains her PhD Degree in April 4th, 2014, after a successful defense on Februrary 17. Title: Acquiring Temporal Knowledge for Managing Decisions in Medical Processes. Supervisors: D. Riaño and T.Welzer.

2014
Springer LNAI 8268
c Support and Knowledge Representation in Health Care
Web: book, contentsSpringer


Summary
:  This book contains extended versions of selected papers presented in the International Joint Workshop KR4HC/
ProHealth 2013.

2014
2 conference papers accepted
KR4HC 2014


Summary
:  The group has two papers accepted in the 6th KR4HC 2014.

2013
5th KR4HC Workshop
Web: web site, AIME 2013

Summary: The 5th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care is organized in conjunction with the 6th Workshop ProHealth 2013 with the Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 2013.
2013
Springer LNAI 7738
Process Support and Knowledge Representation in Health Care
Web: book, contentsSpringer


Summary
:  This book contains extended versions of selected papers presented in the International Joint Workshop ProHealth/KR4HC 2012.

2013
1 journal paper accepted
J. Biomedical Informatics
Web: DOI

Summary
:  D Riaño, JA Bohada, A Collado, J A López-Vallverdú. MPM: A Knowledge-Based Model of Medical Practice. Int. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 46(3): 379–387. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbi.2013.01.007. June 2013.

2013
1 journal paper accepted
J. of Knowledge Engineering
Web: DOI


Summary
M Taboada, M Meizoso, D Martínez, D Riaño, A. Alonso. Combining open-source NLP tools to parse clinical practice guidelines. Expert Systems: The Journal of Knowledge Engineering 31(1): 3-11, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0394.2010.00575.x, Feb 2013.

2012
Joan Albert López-Vallverdú PhD Defense
PhD Thesis: here.

Summary:  Knowledge-Based Incremental Induction of Clinical Algorithms.
2012
5th CCIA
Web: web site.

Summary: The main goal of this conference is to foster discussion around the last works in Artificial Intelligence which have been developed by the research community of the Catalan Countries, as well as gathering community members.
2012
John Bohada PhD Defense
PhD Thesis: here

Summary: Automatic Production and Integration of Knowledge to the Support of the Decision and Planning Activities in Medical-Clinical Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis.
2012
4th KR4HC Workshop
Web: web site, BPM 2012

Summary: The 4th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care is organized in conjunction with the Workshop ProHealth 2012 with the Conference on Business Process Management 2012. The workshop counted with 35 participants.
2012
Springer LNAI 6924
Knowledge Representation for Health Care
Web: book, contentsSpringer

Summary
:  This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Third International KR4HC 2011 workshop held in conjunction with the 13th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in medicine, AIME 2011, in Bled, Slovenia, in July 2011. The 11 extended papers presented together with 1 invited paper were carefully reviewed and selected from 22 submissions. The papers cover topics like health care knowledge sharing; health process; clinical practice guidelines; and patient records, ontologies, medical costs, and clinical trials.
2012
1 Journal paper accepted
J. of Biomedical Informatics
Web: DOI

Summary
:  D Riaño, F Real, JA López-Vallverdú, F Campana, S Ercolani, P Mecocci, R Annicchiarico, C Caltagirone. An ontology-based personalization of health-care knowledge to support clinical decisions for chronically ill patients. Int. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 45(3): 429-446, Jun 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbi.2011.12.008. Also published in the JBI Virtual Issue on Computer-interpretable Clinical Guidelines (Ed. Mor Peleg), 2013.
2012
1 Journal paper accepted
Exp. Systems with Applications
Web: DOI

Summary
:  JA López-Vallverdú, D Riaño, J Bohada. Improving medical decision trees by combining relevant health-care criteria. Expert Systems with Applications, 39(14): 11782-11791, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2012.04.073, Oct 2012.
2011

3rd KR4HC Workshop
Web: web site, AIME 2011

Summary
:
The 3rd International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care is organized in conjunction with AIME 2011. The workshop counted with 36 participants.
2011

Springer LNAI 6512
Knowledge Representation for Health Care
Web: book, contentsSpringer

Summary:  This book contains extended versions of selected works presented in the International Workshop KR4HC 2010.
2010
K4CARE at URVactiv@
Web: web site, local mirror

Summary:  The K4CARE project is disseminated (in Catalan) to the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) community.
2010
13th CCIA
Web: web site

Summary
:  The main objective of the Congress is to foster discussion about the last works in artificial intelligence that have been developed within the research communitiy in the Catalan Countries, and for all the membrers of this community to meet.
2010
K4CARE eHealth EU Month Focus
Web: contents, EU eHealth

Summary
:  TheK4CARE Project has been awarded as the project of Februrary in the Month Focus by the eHealth European Commission.
2010
2nd KR4HC Workshop
Web: workshop, ECAI10

Summary:  The 2nd International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care is organized in conjunction with the 19th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2010).
2010

Springer LNAI 5943
Knowledge Representation for Health Care
Web: book, contentsSpringer

Summary:  This book is the result of merging two workshops series, namely one on computerized guidelines and protocols and the other one on knowledge management for health care procedures. The merge resulted in the KR4HC workshop: Knowledge Representation for Health-Care: Data, Processes, and Guidelines. This workshop was held in conjunction with the 12th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME 09), held in Verona, Italy. The book included, in addition to the full-length workshop papers, invited peer-reviewed advanced papers on lessons learned in these  fields.
2009
The Banzai Group in La Vanguardia
December 10, 2009.

Summary: the reseach Group on Artificial Intelligence (Banzai) at the Rovira i Virgili University was funded in 1998, since then their members have been working in the application of computer-based knowledge management technologies to medicine. This press article summarizes the past, the present and the future of the group.
2009
1st Prize ACIA Awards (Premis ACIA)
Web: ACIA, 2009 ACIA Awards.

Summary: Mr. Joan Albert López-Vallverdú, one of the members of the Banzai Research Group, won the First prize of the 2009 ACIA Awards for his Master Thesis "Background knowledge to improve the induction of decision structures in medicine" (Advisor: David Riaño).
2009
Workshop at AIME
Knowledge Representation for Health Care
Web: workshop, AIME09

Summary
As computerised 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 physicians 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 CS and AI technologies (e.g., natural language processing, digital libraries, knowledge representation, knowledge integration and merging, decision support systems, machine learning, e-learning, etc.).
2009

Springer LNAI 5626
Knowledge Management for Health Care Procedures
Web: book, contentsSpringer

Summary: LNAI 5626 contains extended versions of  10 accepted papers of the ECAI Workshop K4HelP'08 together with two invited papers. It is structured in three sections: technologies to manage health care procedural knowledge, methodologies to manage health care procedural knowledge, and computer systems to manage health care procedural knowledge.
2008
Workshop at ECAI
Knowledge Management for Health Care Processes
Web: workshop, ECAI08

SummaryE-health is a challenging topic that has deserved much attention at the scientific, technological, political, and social levels in Europe and worldwide. The introduction of new technologies in healthcare centers and national systems is interpreted by medical doctors as a first approach to the introduction of healthcare e-Services, and ultimately to the development of knowledge-based healthcare e-services.
From a medical point of view, healthcare processes are about preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and prognostic tasks. This workshop is concerned about the sorts of knowledge these processes require, their formal representation and exploitation, the elicitation of these sorts of knowledge, their mutual interaction and with other typical healthcare IT as Electronic Healthcare Records and Healthcare Computer Systems.
Knowledge Management for Healthcare Processes is a new workshop in a series of workshops and publications devoted to the formalization, organization, and deployment of procedural knowledge in healthcare. Previous workshops and publications have been the IEEE CBMS 2007 special track on "Machine Learning and Management of Healthcare Procedural Knowledge", the AIME 2007 workshop entitled "From Medical Knowledge to Global Healthcare", and Springer's LNCS4924.
2008

Springer LNAI 4924
Knowledge Management for Health Care Procedures
Web: book, contentsSpringer


Summary
: Publication of 13 relevant papers on Knowledge Management for Health Care Procedures, edited by David Riaño in Springer Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series.
2007

K2C Workshop at AIME
From Knowledge to Global Health Care
Web: workshop, AIME07


Summary
: When applied to medicine, Artificial Intelligence traditionally aims at providing solutions to concrete medical problems in decision support in diagnosis, treatment or prognosis, but never to support health care as a whole multi-disciplinary collaborative and multi-located process. Knowledge is, surely, a central component in the construction of future Information Society Technologies (IST) health care systems that shall be sustained on the combination of several components as computer-interpretable versions of bio-medical Ontologies, Electronic Health Care Records, and Clinical Practice Guidelines.

2007

Special track at CBMS
Machine Learning and Management of Health-Care Procedural Knowledge
Web: track, CBMS07

Summary: Health Informatics (HI) has progressed to become the field that applies Computer Science technologies, resources, devices and methods to health and biomedicine in order to deal with the requirements of data and information; including, for example, health-care Data Bases and Electronic Health-Care Records. The evolution of fields like Knowledge Management (KM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is extending this definition of HI with the capability of computers to represent, acquire, validate and use health-care knowledge, starting a process that will make Information Society to evolve towards a knowledge society in the forthcoming years.
The KM classification of knowledge distinguishes between descriptive knowledge (or know-what) and procedural knowledge (or know-how). In the health-care setting, descriptive knowledge asserts what the facts involved in health-care and their interactions are, whereas procedural knowledge asserts how processes and strategies of a health-care system are. These processes and strategies comprise actuation protocols at the organisational level, formal intervention plans at the medical and surgical levels, and individual plans describing personalised assistance.
The idiosyncrasy of procedural knowledge allows its generation not only as a result of a knowledge acquisition process, but also as the outcome of applying machine learning algorithms to healthcare data sources where the information about already performed medical procedures have been stored.
This track aims at binging together researchers in the area of using machine learning algorithms to yield procedural knowledge in medicine.