Call for Papers
Knowledge Representation for Health Care (KR4HC-2011)
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
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:
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
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.
• Workshop day: 6 July 2011
Miksch, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
David Riaño, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Annette ten Teije, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Annette ten Teije, firstname.lastname@example.org