CFP: PSB-2003 Session on Linking Biomedical Language, Information and Knowledge

Cathy Wu wuc at
Wed May 29 20:38:32 EST 2002

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Linking Biomedical Language, Information and Knowledge

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2003
Special Session
January 3-7, 2003
Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club

This session solicits papers on improving information access to the 
biomedical literature and databases by leveraging the complementary 
resources and techniques provided by the literature, databases, 
nomenclatures, and ontologies. We particularly wish to focus on 
problems of importance to the biology and biomedical research 
communities, where such techniques have been demonstrated to provide a 
quantifiable improvement in performance. The session will give 
preference to papers that leverage resources or techniques from 
several areas. We will also give preference to papers describing 
systems of demonstrated utility to end users.  Possible topics 

* Novel ways of combining text data mining and conventional 
bioinformatics search techniques, including e.g., question answering, 
topic clustering, or relevance feedback.

* Techniques for (partial) automation of database curation, 
consistency checking and error detection in annotation of existing 
data bases.

* Use of patient data to discover or validate biological hypotheses.

* Evaluations of the utility of novel techniques over current methods 
of information access.

* Extraction and organization of text-based information facilitated by 
ontologies and data exchange standards.

* Creation or enrichment of structured resources (e.g., ontologies, 
databases) through the use of text data mining and information 
extraction techniques.

Session co-chairs

     Carol Friedman, Columbia University
     friedman at

     Lynette Hirschman, MITRE
     lynette at

     Robin McEntire, GlaxoSmithKline
     Robin_A_McEntire at

     Cathy Wu, Georgetown University Medical Center
     wuc at

Submission information

     Submissions are due: 15 July 2002
 Decisions are announced: 6 September 2002
   Camera ready copy due: 23 September 2002
    Poster abstracts due: 1 November 2002
     Further information:

All papers must be submitted to russ.altman at in electronic 
format. The file formats we accept are: postscript (*.ps), adobe 
acrobat (*.pdf) and Microsoft Word documents (*.doc). Attached files 
should be named with the last name of the first author (e.g., altman.pdf, or altman.doc). Hardcopy submissions or 
unprocessed TEX or LATEX files will be rejected without review.

Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter. 
The cover letter must state the following:

     The email address of the corresponding author
     The specific PSB session that should review the paper or abstract
     The submitted paper contains original, unpublished results, 
         and is not currently under consideration elsewhere.
     All co-authors concur with the contents of the paper.

Submitted papers are limited to twelve (12) pages in our publication 
format. Please format your paper according to instructions found at: 
If figures can not be easily resized and placed precisely in the text, 
then it should be clear that with appropriate modifications, the total 
manuscript length would be within the page limit. Color pictures can 
be printed at the expense of the authors. The fee is $500 per page of 
color pictures, payable at the time of camera ready submission.

Cathy H. Wu, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Georgetown University Medical Center &
Director of Bioinformatics, National Biomedical Research Foundation
3900 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007-2195
Phone: (202) 687-2121; Fax: (202) 687-1662
Email: wuc at
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