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LINGUIST List 21.3023

Thu Jul 22 2010

Calls: Comp Ling, Disc Analysis/USA

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        1.    Sara Rubinelli, AI and Health Communication

Message 1: AI and Health Communication
Date: 13-Jul-2010
From: Sara Rubinelli <sara.rubinelliparanet.ch>
Subject: AI and Health Communication
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Full Title: AI and Health Communication

Date: 21-Mar-2011 - 23-Mar-2011
Location: Stanford University, USA
Contact Person: Sara Rubinelli
Meeting Email: sara.rubinelliparanet.ch

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 08-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

There is a large and growing interest in the development of automated
systems to provide health services to patients and consumers. In the last
two decades, applications informed by research in health communication
have been developed, e.g., for promoting healthy behavior and for
managing chronic diseases. While the value that these types of applications
can offer to the community in terms of cost, access, and convenience is
clear, there are still major challenges facing design of effective health
communication systems in terms of accessibility, trust, expert-to-lay
knowledge translation, and persuasiveness. It is proposed that some of
these challenges can be addressed by use of AI techniques in combination
with empirically-based theoretical frameworks from the field of health
communication and related areas. This symposium will bring together an
interdisciplinary group of scholars to identify possible solutions.

Call For Papers

AI and Health Communication
March 21-23, 2011 at Stanford University, California
AAAI 2011 Spring Symposium Series

AI researchers are invited to submit papers on their work related to health
communication. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
-Communication interventions
-Games, conversational agents, or dialogue systems for healthy behavior
-Intelligent interactive monitoring of patient's environment and needs
-Intelligent interfaces supporting access to healthcare
-Patient-tailored decision support, explanation for informed consent, and
retrieval and summarization of on-line healthcare information
-Risk communication and visualization
-Tailored access to electronic medical records
-Tailoring health information for low-literacy, low-numeracy, or under-served
-Virtual healthcare counselors
-Virtual patients for training healthcare professionals

Scholars from health communication and related disciplines (sociolinguistics,
pragmatics, discourse studies, etc.) are invited to submit papers on the
following issues as they pertain to the symposium goals:
-Health literacy
-Healthcare provider-consumer communication
-Risk communication, including written and visual formats
-Use of behavioral, persuasion, and argumentation theories for healthy
behavior promotion..

Papers will be published through the AAAI Spring Symposium Report Series.
Participants presenting papers will be invited to submit expanded versions
to a journal special issue on this topic.

Submission Information

Full papers (8 pages maximum) and short papers (4 pages maximum) on
original work are invited. Submit papers in AAAI-style formatted PDF via


October 8 - Submissions due
November 5 - Acceptance/rejection notices sent with instructions for final
copies of accepted papers
January 21 - Final papers due
February 4 - Invited participants registration deadline
February 25 - Final (open) registration deadline
Organizing Committee

Co-chairs: Nancy Green (U. North Carolina Greensboro), Sara Rubinelli (U.
Lucerne and Swiss Paraplegic Research), Donia Scott (U. Sussex)

Artificial Intelligence: Tim Bickmore (Northeastern U.), Richard Cox (U.
Edinburgh), Chrysanne Dimarco (U. Waterloo), George Ferguson (U.
Rochester), Floriana Grasso (U. Liverpool), Eva Hudlicka (Psychometrix
Associates), Patrick Kenny (Institute for Creative Technologies), Brian
Magerko (Georgia Tech), Irene Mazzotta (Università degli Studi di Bari),
Sergei Nirenburg (U. Maryland Baltimore), Paul Piwek (Open U.), Ehud
Reiter (U. Aberdeen), Marjorie Skubic (U. Missouri)

Health Communication: David Brinberg (Virginia Tech), Frans van Eemeren
(U. Amsterdam), Gunther Eysenbach (University Health Network), David
Hitchcock (McMaster U.), Gary Kreps (George Mason U.), Rita Kukafka
(Columbia U.), Kent Nakamoto (Virginia Tech), Linda Newhauser (U.
California Berkeley), Daniel O'Keefe (Northwestern U.), Paolo Paolini
(Politecnico di Milano), Peter Schulz (U. Lugano)
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