Medical Information Retrieval (MedIR) Workshop -- DEADLINE EXTENSION

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Co-Located with SIGIR 2014
Friday, 11 July 2014
Gold Coast
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 5 May 2014

Medical Information Retrieval (MedIR) Workshop

At SIGIR 2014, July 11 2014, Gold Coast, Australia

Call for Papers (2 & 4 page)
Submission deadline: **May 5**

Medical information search refers to methodologies and technologies that seek to improve access to medical information archives via a process of information retrieval (IR). Such information is now potentially accessible from many sources including the general web, social media, journal articles, and hospital records.

Medical information is of interest to a wide variety of users, including patients and their families, researchers, general practitioners and clinicians, and practitioners with specific expertise such as radiologists. Despite the popularity of the medical domain for users of search engines, and current interest in this topic within the information retrieval research community, development of search and access technologies remains particularly challenging. One of the central issues in medical information search is diversity of the users of these services. In particular, they will have varying categories of information needs, varying levels of medical knowledge, and varying language skills. In addition, the format, reliability, and quality of biomedical and medical information varies greatly. A single health record can contain clinical notes, technical pathology data, images, and patient-contributed histories, and may be linked by a physician to research papers. The importance of health and medical topics and their impact on people’s everyday lives makes the need for retrieval of accurate and reliable information especially important. Determining the likely reliability of available information is challenging. Finally, as with information retrieval in general, the evaluation of medical search tools is vital and challenging. For example, there are no established or standardized baselines or evaluation metrics, and limited availability of test collections.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in medical information search with the goal of identifying specific research challenges that need to be addressed to advance the state-of-the-art and to foster interdisciplinary collaborations towards the meeting of these challenges. To enable this, we encourage participation from researchers in all fields related to medical information search including mainstream information retrieval, but also natural language processing, multilingual text processing, and medical image analysis.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Users and information needs

Semantics and NLP for medical IR

Reliability and trust in medical IR

Personalised search

Evaluation of medical IR

Multilingual issues in medical IR

Multimedia technologies in medical IR

The role of social media in medical IR

Paper Submissions
The workshop is now accepting paper submissions. Short papers (4 pages) and short position papers (2 pages) describing approaches or ideas / challenges on the topics of the workshop are invited. Submissions should be in ACM SIGS format. LaTeX and Word templates are available at (for LaTeX, use the "Option 2" style).

Papers should be anonymised for double blind review and submitted in pdf format through the EasyChair system no later than midnight Pacific Daylight Time on April 28, 2014. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the workshop program committee. Accepted papers will be included in the SIGIR 2014 Medical Information Search Workshop proceedings.

Important Dates
April 28, 2014: Deadline for paper submission (midnight Pacific Daylight Time)
May 10, 2014: Notification to authors
May 17, 2014: Camera-ready papers due
July 11, 2014: Workshop

Further Information
Further information is available on the workshop website at or by emailing the workshop organisers.

Workshop Organisers

Lorraine Goeuriot, Dublin City University, Ireland

Gareth J.F. Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland

Liadh Kelly, Dublin City University, Ireland

Henning Müller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Justin Zobel, University of Melbourne, Australia