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W3PHI 2014 : AAAI Workshop on the World Wide Web and Public Health Intelligence (W3PHI 2014)


When Jul 27, 2014 - Jul 27, 2014
Where Quebec city, Canada
Submission Deadline Apr 10, 2014
Notification Due May 1, 2014
Final Version Due May 15, 2014
Categories    health informatics   medical informatics   ehealth   social network

Call For Papers

***** NEW *****

A post-workshop proceedings including the extended/revised versions of selected papers will be published in a volume in Lecture Notes in Social Networks (Springer)


The AAAI-14 Workshop on the World Wide Web and Public Health Intelligence (W3PHI 2014)

In Conjunction with the 28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-14), July 27-31 2014 Quebec city Canada

In the tightly interconnected world of the 21st century, infectious disease pandemics remain a constant threat to global health. At the same time, non-communicable diseases have become the main cause of global disability and death, imposing a crushing burden on societies and economies around the world. Public Health Intelligence obtained through intelligent knowledge exchange and real-time surveillance is increasingly recognized as a critical tool for promoting health, preventing disease, and triggering timely response to critical public health events such as disease outbreaks and acts of bioterrorism. This intelligence is created by increasingly sophisticated informatics platforms that collect and integrate data from multiple sources, and apply analytics to generate insights that will improve decision-making at individual and societal levels.
Driven by omnipresent threats to public health and the potential of public health intelligence, governments and researchers now collect data from many sources, and analyze these data together to estimate the incidence and prevalence of different health conditions, as well as related risk factors. Modern surveillance systems employ tools and techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning to monitor direct and indirect signals and indicators of disease to enable early, automatic detection of emerging outbreaks and other health-relevant patterns. Given the ever-increasing role of the World Wide Web as a source of data for public health surveillance, accessing, managing, and analyzing its content has brought new opportunities and challenges; particularly for non-traditional online resources such as social networks, blogs, news feed, twitter posts, and online communities due to their sheer size and dynamic structure.


The workshop will include original contributions on theory, methods, systems, and applications of data mining, machine learning, databases, natural language processing, knowledge representation, artificial intelligence, semantic web, and big data analytics in web-based healthcare applications, with a focus on applications in public health. The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

* Geographical Mapping and Visual analytics for Health Data
* Social Media Analytics
* Epidemic Intelligence
* Predictive modelling and Decision support
* Biomedical Ontologies, terminologies and standards
* Bayesian Networks and Reasoning under Uncertainty
* Temporal and Spatial Representation and Reasoning
* Case-based Reasoning in Healthcare
* Crowdsourcing, and Collective Intelligence
* Risk assessment, Trust, Ethics, and Privacy
* Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining
* Computational Behavioral/Cognitive Modeling
* Applications in Epidemiology and Surveillance (e.g. Bioterrorism, Participatory Surveillance)

This workshop aims to bring together a wide range of computer scientists, biomedical and health informaticians, researchers, students, industry professionals, representatives of national and international public health agencies, and NGOs interested in the theory and practice of computational models of web-based public health intelligence to highlight the latest achievements in epidemiological surveillance based on monitoring online communications and interactions on the World Wide Web. The workshop will promote open debate and exchange of opinions among participants.


The workshop will consist of welcome session, keynote and invited talks, full/short paper presentations, demos, posters, and a panel discussion.

*** Submission requirements

We invite researchers and industrial practitioners to submit their original contributions following AAAI format through EasyChair. Three categories of contribution are sought:

* Full-research papers up to 8 pages
* short paper up to 4 pages
* Posters and demos up to 2 pages

Research papers should demonstrate a novel computational theories or methodologies for addressing issues in public health. Papers discussing systems and applications should explain the development, implementation or evaluation of innovative, web-based tools and systems with potential benefits to solve problems in healthcare. Short papers should report works-in-progress, system descriptions, qualified opinions, positions, or recommendations on emerging topics.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three reviewers from the program committee. The submitted research papers will be assessed based on their novelty, technical quality, potential impact, and clarity of writing.

*** Proceedings

Accepted papers will appear in the AAAI 2014 Workshops Proceedings. We will tentatively invite the best submissions to extend their papers in order to be published on a special issue of a journal. Also the post-workshop proceedings including the extended/revised versions of selected papers will be published in a volume in Lecture Notes in Social Networks (Springer).

*** Important Dates

- Paper submission deadlines: April 10, 2014
- Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2014
- Final camera-ready copy hard deadline: May 15, 2014
- Workshop: July 2014

*** Workshop Chairs

- David L. Buckeridge, MD, PhD,

McGill Clinical & Health Informatics,
McGill University
1140 Pine Avenue West,
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1A3 CANADA,
(514) 398-8355 (tel)
(514) 843-1551 (fax)

- Arash Shaban-Nejad, PhD,

McGill Clinical & Health Informatics,
McGill University
1140 Pine Avenue West,
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1A3 CANADA,
(514) 934-1934 ext. 32986 (tel)
(514) 843-1551 (fax)

- John S. Brownstein, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital,
Harvard University,
Autumn St, Room 451,
Boston, MA 02215 USA,
(617) 355-6998 (tel)
(617) 730-0921 (fax)

*** Workshop Scientific Committee:

Mark Musen, Stanford University, USA
Nigam Shah, Stanford University, USA
Senjuti Basu Roy, University of Washington, Tacoma, USA
Nigel Collier, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
David L. Buckeridge, McGill University, Canada
Ciro Cattuto, ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy
Maged Kamel Boulos, University of Plymouth, UK
John S. Brownstein, Harvard University, USA
Masoumeh T. Izadi, McGill University, Canada
Jiang Guoqian, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA
Neil F. Abernethy, University of Washington, USA
Chris Paton, University of Oxford, UK
Christopher J.O. Baker, University of New Brunswick
Alessio Signorini, University of Iowa, USA
Arash Shaban-Nejad, McGill University, Canada
Jason J. Jung, Yeungnam University, Republic of Korea
Courtney D. Corley, Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA
Ameen Abu-Hanna, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anette Hulth, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Trevor Cohen, University of Texas Health Science, USA
Mark Dredze, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Noémie Elhadad, Columbia University, USA

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