SIIRH2020 – ECIR2020 workshop sponsored by LASIGE (COVID-19 related keynote talks)

Francisco Couto (LASIGE integrated member) and Martin Krallinger (Text Mining unit at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)) are the Organizers of the Semantic Indexing and Information Retrieval for Health (SIIRH2020), that will be held in conjunction with the 42nd European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR2020), in Lisbon, at the 14th of April.

The Programme Committee also include other LASIGE members as André LamúriasDiana SousaMárcia Barros and Pedro Ruas.

The workshop and the conference will be open online events, free registration at:

And recent COVID-19 international initiatives will be the focus of the keynote talks at the workshop:

1 – COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) by Kyle Lo and Lucy Lu Wang “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 45,000 scholarly articles, including over 33,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community”.

2 – CoronaTracker by Cher Han Lau “ is a community-based project powered by over 460 volunteers from across the globe, ranging from data scientists, medical professionals, UI/UX designers, fullstack developers, to the general public. It acts as a portal for the public to keep track of the latest news development about the COVID-19, alongside collecting data for further analysis”.

This workshop will be a forum where the community can present and discuss current and future directions for the area based on the experience and results obtained in BioASQ, keynote talk by George Paliouras, and the MESINESP task. Moreover, the workshop will include the presentation of recent works covering IR technologies for heterogeneous health-related content open to multiple languages with a particular interest in the exploitation of structured controlled vocabularies and entity linking.