Important dates

Deadline for paper submissions:
14 May 2010 (extended)
Notification of acceptance:
14 June 2010
Final camera-ready manuscripts:
28 June 2010
17 August 2010

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The Second Workshop Knowledge Representation for Health Care (KR4HC-2010)

in conjunction with ECAI-2010


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 second KR4HC workshop will focus on electronic patient data. After many years of promise, we finally begin to see a widespread deployment of electronic patient records and dossiers.

List of topics

Original contributions are sought, regarding the development of theory, techniques, and use cases of Artificial Intelligence in the area of health care, particularly connected to patient data, guidelines and medical processes. Special focus is on electronic patient data/record. After many years of promise, we finally begin to see a widespread deployment of electronic patient records and dossiers. The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

Electronic health record related subjects:

  • The use of ontologies, conceptual models and medical vocabularies for linking computerized guidelines and protocols to EHRs
  • Evaluation of quality and safety of computerized guidelines in the light of EHR data
    • Compliance of guidelines or protocols against EHRs
      • Data and knowledge integration and interoperability for health-care processes, guidelines and protocols
        • Deployments of computerized guidelines and protocols with EHRs
        • Temporal knowledge representations and exploitation from patient data
        • Procedural knowledge extraction from health-care databases

Clinical-processes and guidelines related topics:

  • 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, workflows, and the care delivery process
  • Knowledge combination, personalisation and adaptation for health care processes
  • Digital libraries and repositories of health-care procedural knowledge, guidelines and protocols
  • Methods and tools for change and version management of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
  • The impact of evidence-based medicine on the development and representation of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
  • Acquisition, refinement and exploration of the temporal aspect of guidelines and protocols
  • Knowledge-based learning of health-care processes (e.g., data mining form guideline construction)
  • Techniques for simulating computerized guidelines
  • Natural-language processing to extract medical knowledge
  • Verification of represented healthcare knowledge

If sufficient quality is available among the workshop submissions, we will like the first KR4HC workshop investigate publication of selected papers as part of the LNAI Springer series

History of KR4HC

The KR4HC workshop continued a line of successful guideline workshops held in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Following the success of the first European Workshop on Computerized Guidelines and Protocols held at Leipzig, Germany, in 2000, the Symposium on Computerized Guidelines and Protocols (CGP-2004) was organized in Prague, Czech Republic in 2004. In 2006 an ECAI-2006 workshop at Riva del Garda, Italy, entitled “AI Techniques in Health Care: Evidence-based Guidelines and Protocols” was organized to bring together researchers from different branches of Artificial Intelligence. This ECAI-2006 workshop continued with a workshop on “Computer-based Clinical Guidelines and Protocols (CCG’08)” at the Lorentz Centre of Leiden University at the beginning of 2008, which resulted in the book “Computer-based Clinical Guidelines and Protocols: a Primer and Current Trends” edited by Annette ten Teije, Silvia Miksch, and Peter Lucas and published by IOS Press in 2008.

Running in parallel to the previous ones, there were a series of workshops and publications devoted to the formalization, organization, and deployment of procedural knowledge in health care. These previous workshops and publications are the IEEE CBMS-2007 special track on “Machine Learning and Management of Health Care Procedural Knowledge” held in Maribor, Slovenia in 2007; the AIME-2007 workshop entitled “From Medical Knowledge to Global Health Care” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2007; the ECAI-2008 workshop on “Knowledge Management for Health Care Procedures” in Patras, Greece, in 2008, and the Springer Lecture Notes Series books LNAI 4924 and LNAI 5626, both edited by David Riaño in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

These initiatives joined in the first KR4HC workshop that was organized in conjunction with the AIME conference in Verona, Italy, in 2009.

Submission guidelines

There are two categories of paper submissions:

  • 1. Full research papers (up to 10 pages)
  • 2. Short papers (up to 5 pages) that are:
  • short research papers
  • demonstration of implemented systems

Paper forma should comply with Springer LNAI format (available at

Submission will be done using the Springer Online Conference Service (accessed at


Deadline for paper submissions: 14 May 2010 (extended)

Notification of acceptance: 7 June 2010

Final camera-ready manuscripts: 24 June 2010

Workshop date: 17 August 2010


Best papers will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

ECAI registration rules

The workshop attendants are required to register to the main conference also.

People presenting a paper in a workshop are required to register by the EARLY registration deadline.

All registrations should be done through the ECAI registration website.

Workshop Organising Committee

  • Silvia Miksch, Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria
    • Mor Peleg. University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
    • David Riaño, Unviersitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
    • Annette ten Teije, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contact person: Annette ten Teije,

Program Comittee

  • Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Ameen Abu-Hanna, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Roberta Annicchiarico, Santa Lucia Hospital, Italy
  • Luca Anselma, Università di Torino, Italy
  • Fabio Campana, CAD RMB, Italy
  • Paul de Clercq, University of Maastricht, The Netherland
  • John Fox, University of Oxford, UK
  • Adela Grando, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Robert Greenes, Harvard University, USA
  • Femida Gwadry-Sridhar, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Tamás Hauer, CERN, Switzerland
  • Jim Hunter, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • David Isern, Unviersitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia, Spain
  • Katharina Kaiser, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Patty Kostkova, City University London, UK
  • Johan van der Lei, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Peter Lucas, University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Mar Marcos, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
  • Stefani Montani, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, Italy
  • Silvana Quaglini, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Kitty Rosenbrand, Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement (CBO), The Netherlands
  • Yuval Shahar, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • Brigitte Seroussi, STIM, DPA/DSI/AP-HP, France
  • Andreas Seyfang, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Robert Stevens, University of Manchester, UK
  • Maria Taboada, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Paolo Terenziani, Univ. del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Italy
  • Samson Tu, Stanford University, USA
  • Dongwen Wang, University of Rochester, USA
  • Jeremy Wyatt, National Institute of Clinical Excellence, UK