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From: Adrian Walker <adriandwalker@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:45:04 -0400
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Hi All,

The call for papers below hopefully makes interesting reading for Ontologists.

However, the linguistic "Semantics" needed in LBD  has almost nothing in common with technical "Semantics" in the SW so far, IMHO.

Does anyone see a bridge topic (B) between LBD (A) and SW (C) ?  

                                Cheers,  -- Adrian

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From: Delroy Cameron <delroy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Subject: Final [CFP]: SWLBD2012: 1st Workshop on Semantic Web in Literature-Based Discovery
To: semantic-web@xxxxxx, public-semweb-lifesci@xxxxxx, bionlp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, swlbd-bibm2012@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Apologies for cross posting


The First International Workshop on the role of Semantic Web in Literature-Based Discovery 

(SWLBD 2012) 

in conjunction with 

The IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM 2012) 
October 4-7, 2012, Philadelphia PA, USA

Call For Papers

Literature-Based Discovery (LBD) is characterized by uncovering hidden but novel information implicit in non-interacting literatures. The notion of LBD was first proposed by Don R. Swanson over two decades ago when he postulated that two concepts (A, C) may be logically related through some intermediate concept (B), common to seemingly disjoint literatures. This seminal idea has largely influenced efforts towards LBD automation in the biomedical domain and LBD continues to be an integral part of the evolution of biomedical science. Primarily, LBD has been instrumental in supplementing and guiding scientific experiments that lead to innovations in diagnosis, treatment and preventions mechanisms.


Much of the early LBD research however, relied almost entirely on Information Retrieval (IR) techniques, such as term and concept co-occurrence, to uncover unknown associations in the large volume of scientific literature now publicly available. Only recently has significant attention been devoted to semantics-based techniques that leverage Semantic Web technologies to exploit the meaning of associations between concepts to facilitate LBD. While generally more intuitive than IR techniques, the feasibility of semantics-based approaches has not been fully demonstrated. Many challenges still exist. Some of these include:

  • Fine-grained extraction of semantic information (called semantic predications) from text corpora
  • Extraction and identification of meaningful (semantic) associations between concepts. Such associations are typically represented by paths in large data graphs.
  • Achieving scalability given the combinatorial explosion that arises when traversing large graphs. The overwhelming number of edges between concepts increases the complexity of graph traversal and compounds the difficulty of finding relevant associations.
  • Developing techniques for clustering, aggregating, and analyzing extracted semantic associations for sense making, question answering and ultimately LBD.
  • The semantic integration of information expressed in text corpora with background knowledge.

By engaging researchers from both the Semantic Web and LBD communities, we anticipate an exchange that will facilitate the advancement of LBD by exploiting available Semantic Web resources. Researchers are encouraged to submit original manuscripts on the application of Semantic Web technologies, representations and techniques to Literature-Based Discovery.


Some specific research topics include (but are not limited to):


  1. Extraction of Semantic Information from text corpora.
  2. Semantic Models and Representations for LBD.
  3. Semantic Association Identification and Extraction methods from large data graphs.
  4. Semantic Association Clustering, Aggregation and Analysis (i.e., Subgraph Creation) for LBD.
  5. Semantic Integration of Scientific Literature and Background Knowledge.

Steering Committee

Amit P. Sheth, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, amit@xxxxxxxxxxx

Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, NLM, olivier@xxxxxxxxxxx


Program Co-Chairs

Thomas C. Rindflesch, National Library of Medicine, NLM, tcr@xxxxxxxxxxx

Neil R. Smalheiser, University of Illinois at Chicago, neils@xxxxxxx

Delroy Cameron, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, delroy@xxxxxxxxxxx


Program Committee

Varun Bhagwan, IBM Research

Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Gully Burns, ISI, University of Southern California

Marcelo Fiszman, National Library of Medicine, NLM

Dimitar Hristovski, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ramakanth Kavuluru, University of Kentucky

Halil Kilicoglu, Concordia University

Feifan Liu, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Erik van Mulligen, ErasmusMC University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cartic Ramakrishnan, ISI, University of Southern California

Padmini Srinivasan, University of Iowa

Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan, Wright State University

Bartlomiej Wilkowski, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark

Meliha Yetisgen-Yildiz, University of Washington


Invited Talk

Dr. Trevor Cohen, University of Texas, Houston


Paper Submission

The workshop will solicit the submission of original research papers (4-6 pages) addressing analytical, theoretical and/or practical aspects of the role of Semantic Web techniques and technologies in Literature-based Discovery.


Online Submissions

Electronic submissions (in PDF or Postscript format) are required. Selected participants will be asked to submit their revised papers in a format to be specified at the time of acceptance. Please make submissions using the online submission system: http://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2012/bibm12/cbc_index.html


Important Dates

Due date for full workshop papers submission: July 30, 2012 (23:59 pm Hawaii Time)
Notification of paper acceptance to authors: August 20, 2012
Camera-ready version of accepted papers: September 4, 2012
Workshops: October 4-7, 2012


- cheers

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