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LINGUIST List 18.1374

Mon May 07 2007

Calls: General Ling/Georgia; Computational Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Tsira Baramidze, International Caucasian Symposium
        2.    Kevin Bretonnel Cohen, Translating Biology: Text Mining Tools That Work

Message 1: International Caucasian Symposium
Date: 04-May-2007
From: Tsira Baramidze <TSU.CAUC.avoe.ge>
Subject: International Caucasian Symposium

Full Title: International Caucasian Symposium

Date: 22-Oct-2007 - 25-Oct-2007
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Contact Person: Tsira Baramidze
Meeting Email: TSU.CAUC.avoe.ge
Web Site: http://www.tsu.ge

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Georgian (kat)
Russian (rus)
English (eng)

Call Deadline: 20-Jul-2007

Meeting Description:

Humanitarian Faculty of Institute of Caucasian studies (Georgia, Tbilisi) of Iv.
Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University will carry out International Symposium of
Caucasian Studies on October 22-25, 2007. The volunteers, who want to
participate in the symposium, must represent thesis for 15 minutes report (+10
minutes for discussion). There will be receipted reports concerning to
Iberian-Caucasian languages, other languages spread in Caucasus, areal
linguistic, the history and culture of Caucasian Peoples.
The working languages on the symposium are Georgian, Russian and English.

The thesis will be receipted at any language listed above. The thesis will be
receipted with the format of electronic post pdf for special marks using with
Unicode. It is possible to send the printed forms by e-mail. The thesis attached
with their bibliography and materials must not be more than 2 printed pages.
Must be directed the title of the report, author and authors, e-mail addresses
of author and authors, telephone, fax, post address.
The final term of receiving thesis is 20.07.2007. The decision of organization
committee will be announced to the authors on 05.09.2007.
Message 2: Translating Biology: Text Mining Tools That Work
Date: 04-May-2007
From: Kevin Bretonnel Cohen <kevin.cohengmail.com>
Subject: Translating Biology: Text Mining Tools That Work

Full Title: Translating Biology: Text Mining Tools That Work

Date: 04-Jan-2008 - 08-Jan-2008
Location: Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Contact Person: Kevin Bretonnel Cohen
Meeting Email: kevin.cohengmail.com
Web Site: http://psb.stanford.edu/cfp-nlp.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Jul-2007

Meeting Description:

This meeting is focused on 'BioNLP,' or biomedical natural language
processing--in particular, on research related to the utility, usability,
portability, and robustness of biomedical text mining applications.

Biomedical science is now an information-intensive field of study, with
high-throughput experimental techniques generating large amounts of data, and
bioinformatics providing tools for managing and making sense of that data.
However, the information generated and used in biomedical science must be
accessible both to computers and to people. This requires constant translation
between human-readable forms, such as text and figures, to computer-readable
forms, such as biological databases and ontologies. In a recent PLoS
Computational Biology editorial, Philip Bourne posed the following question:
Will a biological database be different from a biological journal? If we had
text mining tools that worked, then the translation from text to database (and
back) would blur these lines. Such tools would enable the seamless incorporation
of semantic information extracted from text with databases and with analytical
tools, as just one of many sources of information in addressing complex
biological problems.

From the many publications in the area, we know that performance has reached
reasonable levels on a number of basic text mining tasks, such as indexing and
the identification of some semantic classes of biomedical entities. We now need
to ask a new set of questions: Do these tools work? Can they be adapted to new
applications? Are they cost-effective in real applications? Who uses these
tools, and how? Can these tools be maintained over time? The answers to these
questions are critical to understanding the apparent gap between the number of
publications on biomedical text mining and the number of deployed text mining
applications. The answers to these questions are also essential to providing the
bioinformatics community with the text mining tools that they are asking for. We
categorize these questions into four attributes: utility, usability,
portability, and robustness.

The session will focus on papers that explore these issues, including questions
such as:

- What is the actual utility of text mining in the work flows of the various
communities of potential users--model organism database curators, bedside
clinicians, biologists utilizing high-throughput experimental assays, hospital
billing departments?

- How usable are biomedical text mining applications? How does the application
fit into the workflow of a complex bioinformatics pipeline? What kind of
training does a bioscientist require to be able to use an application?

- Is it possible to build portable text mining systems? Can systems be adapted
to specific domains and specific tasks without the assistance of an experienced
language processing specialist?

- How robust and reliable are biomedical text mining applications? What are the
best ways to assess robustness and reliability? Are the standard evaluation
paradigms of the natural language processing world--intrinsic evaluation against
a gold standard, post-hoc judging of outputs by trained judges, extrinsic
evaluation in the context of some other task--the best evaluation paradigms for
biomedical text mining, or even sufficient evaluation paradigms?

Session chairs:

- Lynette Hirschman
The MITRE Corporation
- Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (Contact person)
University of Colorado School of Medicine
- Philip Bourne
University of California San Diego
- Hong Yu
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Submission information:

The core of the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing consists of rigorously
peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work. Accepted papers
will be published in a hard-bound archival proceedings, and the best of these
will be presented orally to the entire conference. Researchers wishing to
present their research without official publication are encouraged to submit a
one page abstract by noon, November 9, 2007 to present their work in the poster

Important dates:

Paper submissions due: July 16, 2007
Notification of paper acceptance: September 5, 2007
Final paper deadline: September 24, 2007 midnight PT
Abstract deadline: November 9, 2007
Meeting: January 4-8, 2008

For full details of submission requirements, see the session web site at

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