BioNLP - call for papers


BioNLP 2013 is the twelfth workshop on biomedical natural language processing being held in conjunction with the annual ACL or NAACL meeting. BioNLP 2013 will be held at the ACL 2013 meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, under the auspices of SIGBIOMED, the ACL's special interest group for biomedical natural language processing. The meeting will be held August 8-9, 2013.

The second day of the meeting will be devoted to the BioNLP Shared Task 2013 (BioNLP-ST 2013). Paper submissions for the shared task are handled separately. Please see the BioNLP-ST 2013 web site for further information. The meeting will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Galia Angelova of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Call for Papers

Over the course of the past eleven years, the ACL BioNLP workshop associated with the SIGBIOMED special interest group has established itself as the primary venue for presenting foundational research in language processing for the biological and medical domains. The workshop serves as both a venue for bringing together researchers in biological and clinical NLP and exposing these researchers to the mainstream ACL research, and a venue for informing the mainstream ACL researchers about this fast-growing and important domain.

The workshop will continue presenting work on a broad and interesting range of topics in NLP. Along with accepting submissions this year on any topic of current interest in the field, we will encourage submissions on theoretical aspects of biomedical language processing. We especially encourage submissions on:

  • Entity identification and normalization for a broad range of semantic categories
  • Species-independent gene normalization
  • Extraction of complex relations
  • Discourse analysis
  • Anaphora resolution
  • Coreference resolution
  • Text mining
  • Summarization
  • Question answering
  • Resources and novel strategies for system testing and evaluation
  • Hybrid approaches to biomedical language processing
  • Processing and annotation platforms
  • Translation of basic linguistic research to clinical care
  • Domain adaptation
  • Temporality
  • Theoretical underpinnings of biomedical natural language processing

Important dates

Submission deadline: Friday, April 26, 2013
Notification of acceptance: Friday, May 24, 2013
Camera-ready copy due from authors: Friday, June 7, 2013
Workshop: August 8-9, 2013

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