Call for Papers   

Knowledge Representation for Health Care (KR4HC-2011)

(in conjunction with AIME-2011)

http://banzai-deim.urv.net/events/KR4HC-2011/


Short Description

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 healthcare 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 third 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 KR4HC

The Second KR4HC was held in conjunction with the ECAI conference in Lisbon, Portugal in 2010; following the first KR4HC workshop that was organized in conjunction with the AIME conference in Verona, Italy, in 2009.
The KR4HC workshop series continued a line of successful guideline workshops held in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Continuing with 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, the first KR4HC workshop was the sixth in 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.


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. The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

Binding formal knowledge and electronic patient records

o The use of ontologies, conceptual models and medical vocabularies for linking computerized guidelines and protocols to EPRs
o Techniques for simulating computerized guidelines against the content of EPRs
o Evaluation of quality and safety of computerized guidelines in the light of EPR data
o Checking compliance with guidelines and protocols against EPRs, including the use of quality indicators
o Interoperability of clinical guidelines for EPRs with comorbidity
o Use cases and deployments of computerized guidelines and protocols with EPRs

Health care knowledge development, management, validation and operation
o Knowledge representation and ontologies for health-care processes
o Formalization of medical processes and knowledge-based health-care models
o The use of ontologies, conceptual models and medical vocabularies for representing descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
o Combining medical guidelines with care pathways and the care delivery process
o Knowledge extraction from health-care databases and EPRs
o Temporal knowledge representations and exploitation
o Knowledge combination, personalization and adaptation for health care processes
o Knowledge validation (e.g., checking compliance with guidelines and protocols against patient data, the use of quality indicators, or simulation of guideline against patient data)
o Digital libraries and repositories of health-care procedural knowledge, guidelines and protocols
o Knowledge-based learning of health-care processes (e.g., data mining form guideline construction)
o Use case and deployments of formal representation of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
o Patient empowerment trend in health care (e.g., preventive medicine requires patient empowerment for it to be effective)
o Linking clinical care and clinical research
o Use of biomedical data for medical care (e.g., biomarkers are able to predict a patient's response to a specific drug or treatment)

Tools, systems and applications
o Methods and tools for change and version management of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
o Acquisition, refinement and exploration of the temporal aspect of guidelines and protocols
o Supporting the life cycle of guidelines and protocols
o Experiences in deploying knowledge-based tools in health care
o Applications and results of knowledge models in real medical settings


Types of papers & size

The papers will be peer reviewed with at least two reviewers per paper.

There are two categories of paper submission:

1. Full research papers (12 to 14 pages)

2. Short papers (up to 6 pages) that are


Submission guidelines
All papers must be in Springer LNCS format (http://www.springer.com/computer+science/lncs)?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0) and submitted with Easychair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=kr4hc11) before the deadline.

LNAI Book: As we did with the previous KR4HC workshops: if sufficient quality is available among the workshop submissions, a publication of selected best papers will be considered as part of the LNAI Springer series.

Schedule

• Deadline for abstract submissions: 6 April 2011
• Deadline for paper submissions: 14 April 2011
• Notification of acceptance: 8 May 2011
• Final camera-ready manuscripts: 8 June 2011

• Workshop day: 6 July 2011


Program Committee

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
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
David Isern, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Katharina Kaiser, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Patty Kostkova, City University London, UK
Vassilis Koutkias, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 
Peter Lucas, University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Mar Marcos, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Stefani Montani, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, Italy
Vivek Patkar, University College London Medical School, UK
Mor Peleg, University of Haifa, Israel
Silvana Quaglini, University of Pavia, Italy
Kitty Rosenbrand, Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement (CBO), The Netherlands
Brigitte Seroussi, STIM, DPA/DSI/AP-HP, France
Andreas Seyfang, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
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

Organisation Committee

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

Contact person: Annette ten Teije, annette@cs.vu.nl

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