=================== EUROLAN-2017 ====================


The 13th in the series of EUROLAN Schools

10 – 17 September 2017, Constanța, Romania [1]


Biomedical Text Mining (BioNLP) applies natural language processing (NLP)
techniques to identify and extract information from scientific publications
in biology, medicine, and chemistry, in order to discover novel knowledge
that can contribute to biomedical research.The growth of BioNLP over the past
fifteen years is due in large part to the availability of web-based
publication databases such as PubMed and Web of Science coupled with
increasing access to anonymized electronic medical/health records. The large
size of the biomedical literature and its rapid growth in recent years make
literature search and information access a demanding task. Health-care
professionals in the clinical domain face a similar problem of information
explosion when dealing with the ever-increasing body of available
medical/health records in electronic form. Beyond merely identifying texts
relevant to a particular interest, BioNLP applies sophisticated NLP
information extraction (IE) technologies (e.g., event extraction or
entity-relation extraction) to identify and analyze text segments to produce
information about, or even models, of phenomena such as drug or protein
interactions, gene relations, temporal relations in clinical records,
biological processes, etc. Overall, the application of automatic NLP
techniques to unstructured text in scientific literature and medical records
enables life scientists to both find and exploit this data without the
significant effort of manual searching and researching.

EUROLAN-2017 has engaged several well-known researchers in the fields of
BioNLP and NLP to provide a comprehensive overview of language processing
models and techniques applicable to the biomedical domain, ranging from an
introduction to fundamental NLP technologies to the study of use cases and
exploitation of available tools and frameworks that support BioNLP. Each
tutorial is accompanied by one or two hands-on sessions, in which
participants will use text mining tools to explore and exploit several
varieties of biomedical language resources, including cloud-based
repositories of scientific publications, annotated biomedical corpora,
databases and ontologies of biomedical terms, etc. The topics covered in the
tutorials and hands-on sessions include:

• mining biomedical literature
• entity identification and normalization
• conceptual graphs extracted from medical texts
• annotation of semantic content, with applications in medicine and biology
• medical search engines
• deep learning for bioinformatics
• biomedical question/answering
• clinical data repositories
• big data and cloud computing in relation with biomedical textual data
• clinical relationships
• medical topic modeling
• medical language systems
• clinical text analysis
• text summarization in the biomedical domain
• event-based text mining for biology and related fields
• event extraction in medical texts

Invited Lecturers

• Mihaela Breabăn – “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași
• Kevin Cohen – University of Colorado at Boulder (USA)
• Noa Patricia Cruz Diaz – Virgen del Rocio University Hospital
• Eric Gaussier – University Grenoble Alps (France)
• Nancy Ide – Vassar College (USA)
• Pierre Zweigenbaum – LIMSI, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay


EUROLAN-2017 is hosted by the “Ovidius” University of Constanța, Faculty
of Mathematics and Computer Science and Faculty of Medicine in Constanța,

The city of Constanța is the largest port on the Black Sea, in the Romanian
province of Dobruja (known during the Roman Empire as Scythia Minor). The
city itself was historically known as the Roman metropolis Tomis. Founded in
600 BC, Constanța is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Romania.

In AD 8, the Latin poet Publius Ovidius Naso (known as Ovid in the
English-speaking world) was banished to Tomis by the emperor Augustus and
spent the remainder of his life there. This year, the city is celebrating the
2000th anniversary of the poet’s death. A statue of Ovid stands in the Ovid
Square (Piața Ovidiu) of Constanța in front of the Old Town History Museum.
One of the most famous attractions in Constanța is the Edificiul Roman cu
Mozaic, comprising more than 850 sqquaare meters of colorful Roman mosaics
from the end of the 4th century AD.


Three or four tutorial and hands-on sessions will be scheduled each day,
lasting 1.5 hours each. The balance of tutorials and hands-on session varies
from topic to topic. The final schedule will be available on the School’s
website soon.

The School will commence on Sunday evening, September 10, with the
registration of participants and an welcome reception. Evenings provide the
occasion to go out in the city, enjoy discussions with, and make friends. A
half-day excursion will be organized in the surroundings, possibly cruising
to the island in the middle of the lake in front of Mamaia, an exquisite
summer resort near Constanța.

Satellite event

MEDA-2017 – an workshop on Curative Power of MEdical DAta will take place
during the EUROLAN Summer School. The intention of the workshop is to allow
participants to present work related to biomedical data in front of
practitioners, researchers, and scholars, to share with their colleagues in
the School examples, interesting use cases, processing models, and to discuss
ways of analysis of biomedical data. The participation with a paper in the
satellite event encumbers a reduction of the registration fee for
EUROLAN-2017. A MEDA-2017 call for participation is issued simultaneously
with this call.


Low-cost accommodation for EUROLAN students is available in the
University’s hostel (shared double rooms). Alternatively, participants may
opt for a number of hotels in the city of Constanța or Mamaia.

Registration and fee

Before 4 August:  400 EUR
5 August and later:  450 EUR

These are fees applicable only to students; for other types of participants,
please see [2].

Important Dates

• First call and pre-registration open: May 3, 2017
• Registration open: May 26, 2017
• Last day for early registration: August 4, 2017
• Last day for late registration: August 31, 2017
• EUROLAN School: September 10-17, 2017

Program Committee

Dan Cristea – "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași and Romanian
Academy (Romania)
Nancy Ide – Vassar College (USA)
Dan Tufiș – Romanian Academy (Romania)

Local Organizing Committee

Dorin-Mircea Popovici (Local Chair) – “Ovidius” University, Constanța
Liliana Tuță (Local Vice-Chair) – “Ovidius” University, Constanța
Elena Băutu – “Ovidius” University, Constanța
Alexandru Bobe – “Ovidius” University, Constanța
Eric Curea – Romanian Academy, Bucharest
Adrian Iftene – "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași
Ioana Ionașcu – Romanian Academy, Bucharest
Corina Forăscu – "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași
Lucian Gâdioi – "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași
Daniela Gîfu – "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași and Romanian
Academy, Iași
Maria Mitrofan – Romanian Academy, Bucharest
Crenguța-Mădălina Puchianu – “Ovidius” University, Constanța
Andrei Scutelnicu – "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași and Romanian
Academy, Iași
Diana Trandabăț – "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași


Dan Cristea: [3]
Nancy Ide: [4]
Dan Tufiș: [5]


• Romanian Academy, with the Institute of Computer Science in Iași
and the Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Bucharest
• “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași, with the Faculty of
Computer Science
• “Ovidius” University in Constanța, with the Faculty of
Mathematics and Computer Science and the Faculty of Medicine
• Vassar College
• Academy of Technical Sciences of Romania

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Об авторе Лидия Пивоварова

СПбГУ - старший преподаватель, University of Helsinki - PhD student
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