Text mining, Ontologies and Natural Language Processing in Biomedicine

Date and Venue:

March 20 - 21, 2006
Manchester Conference Centre
Weston Building, Sackville Street,
Manchester, M1 3BB, UK


GENIA project, University of Tokyo
National Center for Text Mining(NaCTeM)


Junichi Tsujii
(Project Leader of the GENIA project and Director of National Centre for Text Mining)
Sophia Ananiadou
(Deputy Director of national Centre for Text Mining)


Several distinct but closely related technological fields such as Natural language Processing and Text Mining, Intelligent Information Retrieval, Ontology Engineering and Knowledge Management, Knowledge Discovery, etc. have shown remarkable progress in recent years, which will bring revolution into the ways of conducting science. In particular, due to its rapid expansion and development as well as its data/knowledge intensive nature, life science and biomedical fields have been and will be at the centre of such methodological revolution.

Although researchers in these related fields have started to realize the inherent inter-relationships among their goals, interdisciplinary research and development remain to be materialized to bear real fruits. The aims of this workshop were to bring together prominent researchers in related fields, understand each others' achievements, identify mutual interests and formulate joint research programs.

We invited researchers in Information Technology who had been successfully applying their research results to life science and those in biomedical fields who have been developing new Information-based approaches in biomedical fields. We are pleased to say that the aim of the workshop, i.e. bringing together researchers from different areas allowing exchange of ideas was successfully achieved and that we enjoyed alive and constructive discussion at the workshop.

On behalf of the GENIA project and the NaCTeM, we would like to express our gratitude to all the participants and invited speakers.

We will host more workshops in the near future, focusing on aspects like use of ontologies for text mining, interoperability of text mining tools and resources, semantic mining and annotation, integration of text and data mining, etc.


The program of the workshop and the abstracts of invited talks with their presentation slides are available here.




Sophia Ananiadou 1.National Center for Text Mining
2.University of Manchester
Terri Attwood University of Manchester
William Black University of Manchester
Ken-Ichiro Fukuda National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, AIST
Susumu Goto Kyoto University
Midori Harris EBI, Cambridge
Jerry R. Hobbs University of Southern California
John Keane University of Manchester
Jin-Dong Kim GENIA, University of Tokyo
Ross King University of Wales
Ewan Klein University of Edinburgh
Maria Liakata University of Wales
Mark Mandel University of Pennsylvania
Yusuke Miyao GENIA, University of Tokyo
Goran Nenadic University of Manchester
Jong C. Park Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KAIST
Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann EBI, Cambridge
Sergei Sizov University of Koblenz-Landau
Larisa Soldatova University of Wales
Robert Stevens University of Manchester
Simone Teufel University of Cambridge
Junichi Tsujii GENIA, University of Tokyo
Yoshimasa Tsuruoka GENIA, University of Tokyo
Marc Weeber 1. Erasmus MC
2. Knewco, Inc
John Wilbur National Institute of Health, NIH

Contact person: Minako Ito
Last update: April 12, 2006