Call for papers

KR4HC 2009

Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health-Care:  
Patient Data, Processes and Guidelines

In conjunction with AIME 2009


As computerised health-care support systems are rapidly  becoming more knowledge intensive, therefore the representation of medical knowledge in a form that enables reasoning is growing in relevance in taking a more central role in the area of medical informatics. In order to develop 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 terminologies, 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.).

List of topics

We are seeking original papers on topics from the following non-exhaustive list:

  • 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 and the care delivery process.
  • Procedural knowledge extraction from health-care databases.
  • Temporal knowledge representation and exploitation.
  • Knowledge combination and adaptation for health-care processes.
  • Knowledge validation, eg. checking compliance with guidelines and protocols against patient data,  the
    use of quality indicators, or simulation of guideline against patient data.
  • Digital libraries and repositories of health-care procedural knowledge, guidelines and protocols
  • Knowledge-based learning of health-care processes,e.g. data mining for guideline construction.
  • Data and knowledge integration and interoperability  for health-care processes, guidelines and protocols
  • Personalization and localisation for health-care processes, guidelines and protocols
  • Use cases and deployments of formal representation of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
  • The impact of evidence-based medicine on the development and representations of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge
  • Methods and tools for change- and version-management of descriptive and procedural medical knowledge.
  • Schedule

    Submission Guidelines

    Papers must be submitted before May 15th using the submission process provided by  easychair (, and should follow the Springer format
    Acceptance decisions will be announced by June 10th.
    Camera-ready copies must be provided by June 25th.

    There are two categories of paper submissions:

    1. Full research papers (up to 10 pages)
    2. Short papers (up to 2 pages) that are

    According to the workshop organization, it is expected that the accepted full papers will be invited to be included in a Springer LNAI volume.


    The program will consist of a number of presented papers, combined with one or two invited speakers and a poster session for position papers and live system demonstrations.

    Workshop Chairs

  • David Riaño, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Annette ten Teije, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Contact details:

    David Riaño ( Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Rovira i Virgili Univesitty, Av. Paisos Catalans 26, 43007 Tarragona, Spain. tel (+34) 977 559657

    Annette ten Teije ( Department of AI, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam de Boelelaan 1081a, 1081HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands tel (+31)-20-598 7721/7483

    Workshop Organising Committee

    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
    Paul de Clercq, University of Maastricht, The Netherland
    John Fox, University of Oxford, 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
    Katharina Kaiser, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
    Patty Kostkova, City University London, UK.
    Peter Lucas, University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Mar Marcos, Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, 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
    Aida Valls, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
    Dongwen Wang, University of Rochester, USA
    Jeremy Wyatt, National Institute of Clinical Excellence, UK