Call for Paper: First International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems

First International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems
October 28th, 2011, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
in conjunction with CIKM 2011

Workshop Theme and Topics

Managing Interoperability and Complexity in Health Systems, MIXHS’11, aims to be a forum focusing on the latest advances in bio-medical and e-health knowledge and information management research. The workshop will provide an opportunity for sharing practical experiences and best practices in e-health information infrastructure development and management. It will gather experts, researchers, system developers, practitioners and policymakers designing and implementing solutions for managing clinical data and integrating current and future electronic-health systems infrastructures.

Issues of biomedical data-mining in large heterogeneous clinical data-sets, information retrieval and extraction in multiple medical repositories, the management of complexity and the coherent update of knowledge in medicine, clinical standards interoperability in distributed health systems and the patient Electronic Health Record (EHR) are now becoming critical to implementing enterprise and nationwide health systems.

Topics of interest will include knowledge management activities seeking to address these issues by: (i) using clinical data mining, information extraction and retrieval (ii) standardization of clinical classification (i.e. International Classification of Diseases, ICD), large scale biomedical terminologies and ontologies development (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms, SNOMED CT), (iii) the standardization of clinical information transfer formats (Health Level 7, HL7) and (iv) structuring of clinical documents (Clinical Document Architecture, CDA) and the electronic health records (EHR).

Topic of Interest include but are not limited to:

  • Bio-medical Data-Mining, Information retrieval and extraction and NLP on biomedical text
  • Inference and statistical Models of diseases & Multi-morbidity
  • Clinical Information Retrieval, Management and Normalization
  • Medical Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Expert and Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Interoperability in Distributed healthcare Systems
  • Clinical Information Standards (e.g. HL7) Clinical Terminologies, Classifications (e.g. ICD 10) and biomedical ontologies (e.g. SNOMED - CT)
  • Hospital Enterprise Information Management Systems, Electronic Health Record, (EHR), Clinical Document Architecture


To submit your paper, go to

All the accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings and published by ACM.

Selected excellent papers will be invited for further refereeing for publication on Journal of Biomedical Semantics.

We are welcome submissions in the following formats:

  • Full research papers (8 pages, ACM)
  • Short papers for work in progress/late breaking results (4 pages, ACM)

All papers must be submitted in an electronic format which conforms to the ACM proceedings style and submitted as PDF files. Please use the ACM templates (the "Option 2" style).

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop. Information about registration is provided at CIKM 2011 Web page:

Workshop Schedule/Important Dates

  • Individual Workshop Papers Due: June 29, 2011
  • Notification of Acceptance: July 29, 2011
  • Camera Ready: August 12, 2011 (hard deadline for publication)
  • Submission to Journal Special Issue: 1st October 2011
  • Notification to Journal authors: 15 December 2011

Programme chairs

Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. email: Matt-Mouley.Bouamrane at

Cui Tao, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A, Tao.Cui at

International Program Committee (Preliminary)

  • Mariano Luis Alcañiz Raya, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
  • Alberto Anguita Sánchez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Gordon Baxter, University of St-Andrews, Scotland, U.K
  • Luis Carriço University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Robert Freimuth Mayo Clinic, USA
  • Simon Harper University of Manchester, U.K
  • Lucy Hederman, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
  • Guoqian Jiang, Mayo Clinic, U.S.A
  • Hongfang Liu, Mayo Clinic, U.S.A
  • Saturnino Luz, University of Dublin, Trinity College, U.K.
  • Masood Masoodian, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Frances Mair, University of Glasgow, U.K.
  • Patrick Olivier, University of Newcastle, U.K.
  • Craig Parker, Intermountain Health Care, U.S.A
  • Jyotishman Pathak, Mayo Clinic, U.S.A.
  • Federica Paganelli, Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications, Italy
  • Thomas Ploetz, University of Newcastle, U.K.
  • Rafael Richards, John Hopkins, University, U.S.A.
  • Wilton van Klei, Utrecht University Medical Center, The Netherlands
  • Kevin Swingler, University of Stirling, Scotland, U.K
  • Fusheng Wang, Emory University, U.S.A.
  • Yeliz Yesilada, University of Manchester, U.K
  • Jim Zheng, Medical University of South Carolina, U.S.A.