First Call for Papers

Fifth International Symposium on Semantic Mining in Biomedicine (SMBM 2012)

September 3rd and 4th, Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

SMBM 2012 aims to bring together researchers from text and data mining in biomedicine, medical, bio- and chemoinformatics, and researchers active in biomedical ontology design and engineering, and the Semantic Web. The combined research helps to promote full integration of data and factual content from large text collections, biological databases, ontological and terminological resources, and from the Web.

However, many challenges have yet to be met to achieve this ambitious goal. Significant advances have been made and many working systems for tasks ranging from semantics driven literature analysis to cross-resource data analysis and open linked data on the web have been suggested and deployed. Where do we stand and how do we advance toward fully integrated systems combining the different solutions and data sources?

We are inviting papers from a full range of topics (see below), emphasizing in particular work on methods deployed in a production-like research environment, user-facing applications of text mining technology, the integration of text with domain resources such as content from reference databases (e.g., UniProt, EntrezGene, OMIM) and semantic resources such as GO, UMLS etc. We also welcome contributions from across the biomedical domains, including genomics, translational medicine, clinical practice, and public health.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Development and use of biomedical semantic resources
  • Terminology and ontology development for biomedical information systems including terminology evolution
  • Integration of text and data mining in the biomedical domain
  • (Semantic) Web mining of biomedical information
  • Text mining, information extraction, and information retrieval for the biomedical domain
  • Evaluation techniques and standards for text mining solutions
  • Annotation schemes for biomedical corpora
  • Text mining for resource building, e.g. ontologies, and resource enrichment, e.g., biomedical databases
  • Representation and discovery of biomedical domain knowledge
  • Image/caption processing in relation to content extraction
  • Domain-specific reasoning processes, e.g., to infer non-explicit information, validation (trust-worthiness, believability, safety) of extracted information
  • Integration of text mining in biological database curation workflows

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings that will be available online. We invite three categories of papers: full research papers, short papers and system papers. Research papers will be given an oral presentation, short papers a poster presentation, and systems papers will be presented in systems demonstration sessions. System papers should describe an implemented system related to a topic of interest that the authors will demonstrate live during the symposium. The final modality of presentation will be decided by the organizing committee.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version for publication in a special issue of an open-access journal (details to be announced).

Submissions should follow the ACL instructions for authors, with a maximal limit of seven (7) pages (plus one optional page for references). The recommended length for system papers and poster submissions is four (4) pages. Manuscripts will be submitted electronically as PDF files. Reviewing will be double-blind, and submissions should therefore NOT contain author names or other obviously identifying information.

SMBM 2012 is the follow-up to to the successful series:

SMBM 2005 (EBI, U.K.), SMBM 2006 (University of Jena, Germany), SMBM 2008 (University of Turku, Finland) and SMBM 2010 (EBI, U.K). A parallel event (LBM: The International Symposium on Languages in Biology and Medicine) has been held in 2005 (KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea), 2007 (Matrix, Biopolis, Singapore), 2009 (Jeju Island, South Korea) and 2011 (NTU, Singapore).

Important dates

Paper submission deadline: June 8th 2012
Notification of acceptance: July 1st 2012
Symposium dates: September 3-4th 2012