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Third International Symposium on Semantic Mining in Biomedicine (SMBM 2008)

SMBM 2010 will be organized October 25-26 in at the European Bioinformatics Institute:

The full proceedings can be downloaded here.

Pierre Zweigenbaum's invited talk slides, Natural Language Processing in the Medical and Biological Domains : a Parallel Perspective.

See also conference programme and tutorials.

September 1-3 2008, Turku, Finland

The third International Symposium on Semantic Mining in Biomedicine (SMBM 2008), hosted by Turku Centre for Computer Science (TUCS), aims to bring together different communities: researchers from text and data mining in biomedicine, medical-, bio- and cheminformaticians, and researchers from biomedical ontology design and engineering. This is the follow-up event of SMBM 2005 (EMBL-EBI, U.K.) and SMBM 2006 (Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany).

SMBM 2008 is a three-day event with a tutorials day held on September 1st and the main conference on September 2-3.

Invited speakers

  • Alfonso Valencia (CNIO, Madrid, Spain)
  • Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France)


Symposium co-chairs

  • Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK)
  • Tapio Salakoski (TUCS, Turku, Finland)

Local organizing chair

  • Sampo Pyysalo (University of Turku and TUCS, Finland)

Programme committee

  • Sophia Ananiadou (University of Manchester and NaCTeM, UK)
  • Christopher J. O. Baker (I2R, Singapore)
  • Olivier Bodenreider (National Library of Medicine, USA)
  • Anita Burgun (University of Rennes, France)
  • Kevin Cohen (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Nigel Collier (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
  • Juliane Fluck (Fraunhofer SCAI, Germany)
  • Carol Friedman (University of Columbia, USA)
  • Filip Ginter (University of Turku, Finland)
  • Udo Hahn (University of Jena, Germany)
  • Lynette Hirschman (MITRE, USA)
  • Su Jian (I2R, Singapore)
  • Jin-Dong Kim (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Satoshi Kobayashi (University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
  • Michael Krauthammer (Yale University School of Medicine, USA)
  • Patrick Lambrix (Link√∂ping University, Sweden)
  • Adeline Nazarenko (Universite Paris-Nord, France)
  • See-Kiong Ng (NTU and I2R, Singapore)
  • Jong C. Park (KAIST, South Korea)
  • Martin Romacker (Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland)
  • Gerold Schneider (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Stefan Schulz (Freiburg University Hospital, Germany)
  • Hagit Shatkay (Queen's University, Canada)
  • Jun'ichi Tsujii (University of Tokyo, Japan and University of Manchester, UK)
  • Alfonso Valencia (CNIO, Spain)
  • Simo Vihjanen (Lingsoft, Finland)
  • Limsoon Wong (National University of Singapore)

Local organizers

  • Filip Ginter (University of Turku, Finland)
  • Hanna Suominen (University of Turku and TUCS, Finland)
  • Anna Santanen (University of Turku, Finland)

Related events:

Previous SMBM events

LBM events

The SMBM series of events are planned to be arranged every second year, alternating with the "sister event" LBM (International Symposium on Languages in Biology and Medicine). For more information on LBM, please see

Collocated events

The First Louhi Conference on Text and Data Mining of Clinical Documents (Louhi'08), an event on semantic mining in the clinical documentation domain, will be held at the same venue as SMBM'08, the Turku ICT Building, September 3-4, 2008, immediately following SMBM'08. For more information, please see the Louhi'08 webpage.




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