[Socbin] Last call for participation Text Mining tutorials and workshop BioTM

Yvan Saeys yvan.saeys at psb.vib-ugent.be
Fri Apr 23 16:43:23 CEST 2010


Workshop BioTM-2010
Advances in Bio Text Mining

May 10-11, 2010, Ghent, Belgium





The program of the workshop includes:

- an extensive tutorial on Bio Text Mining by Martin Krallinger (CNIO, 

- invited talks by leading scientists in the field:
       Sampo Pyysalo (University of Tokyo, Japan)
       Kevin Cohen (Center for Computational Pharmacology and The MITRE 
Corporation, USA)
       Filip Ginter (University of Turku, Finland)
- invited talks by experienced scientists from industry:
       Jean-Marc Neefs (Janssen Pharmaceuticals)
       Luc Dehaspe and Maté Ongenaert (Oncomethylome)


Text mining has become indispensible in many biological and biomedical 
sciences. Having to keep up with an
increasing number of publications, text mining techniques enable 
retrieval and analysis of large amounts of
documents in a fully automated fashion. They allow for extraction of 
facts described in the literature that
have not yet been recorded in databases, thus providing a necessary tool 
to obtain a complete overview of
all available knowledge.

Recently, the application of text mining and natural language processing 
techniques to the biological and
medical sciences has recieved increasing interest. In addition to many 
new workshops and conferences arising
in this domain, recently also a number of community-wide tasks were 
conducted to benchmark text mining
techniques on specific challenges (e.g. BioCreative, BioNLP Shared Task, 

By discussing the latest developments and potentially new applications 
in text mining amongst scientists in
both academia and industry, this workshop aims to provide a broad view 
on text mining tools in biology and
biomedicine. We are reaching out to a broad public, including 
researchers with an interest in text mining
but with little or no experience in this domain. To this end, the 
workshop will start with an extensive
tutorial on text mining in the bio-sciences, providing sufficient 
background knowledge for novices.

Next, a number of keynote talks will be given by leading scientists, 
presenting the latest advances in the
field. Furthermore, selected abstracts will be presented during a flash 
presentation session, as well
as a poster session during the coffee and lunch breaks.

Finally, we plan on having a round-table discussion about the broader 
applicability of text-mining tools in
the biological sciences, trying to bridge the gap between theoretical 
algorithms and experimental work.


Sofie Van Landeghem
Yvan Saeys
Thomas Abeel

Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics group
VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology
Ghent University

Walter Daelemans
Roser Morante
Vincent Van Asch

CLiPS - Text Mining Group
Faculty of Arts
University of Antwerp

Dr. Yvan Saeys, PhD
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SYSTEMS BIOLOGY          Fax:32 (0)9 331 38 09
BIOINFORMATICS TEAM                          Tel:32 (0)9 331 36 95
GHENT UNIVERSITY, Technologiepark 927,       B-9052 Gent,  Belgium
Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie                           VIB
mailto:yvan.saeys at ugent.be

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