HealTAC PhD student forum

9:00-11:00, Wednesday April 18th, 2018



While there have been a number of successful applications of NLP technologies to clinical and patient-generated narrative, there are still a wide variety of challenges which are currently addressed through PhD research, including dealing with implicit free-text expressions, lack of shared resources, managing patient privacy and regulations, translation to clinical practice, several socio-technical (e.g. studying data as a human artefact) and medical humanities challenges (what is in the patient narrative), etc. The HealTAC PhD student forum aims to bring together graduate students with research topics focused on these challenges, with the main aim to

  • provide an opportunity to “show and tell” current PhD research in this domain;
  • receive constructive feedback on graduate research efforts.

The event will be organised as a special session with an expert panel including several experienced researchers, international colleagues, industrial and user/clinical representatives. Each presenter will prepare a 10 min presentation followed by 10 min questions and constructive feedback from the expert panel (and audience) about significance and novelty of their research, proposed methodologies and approaches, as well as about presentation. The participants will be also encouraged to prepare posters so that they can discuss their work during the conference (no need to submit a separate poster submission).

During the event, we will also establish a Healtex graduate student consortium, as a network of students who work in this area. Please fill in our short questionnaire here.

The presentation will be followed by a career talk by Prof Wendy W. Chapman, University of Utah: Navigating the Mountain of My Career: Lessons Learned from Skiing.



    9:00- 9:20 Shanu Sadhwani: Understanding under-diagnosis: The potential contribution of free-text to dementia research

    9:20-9:40 Ghada Alfattni: Integrating Structured and Unstructured Sources for Temporal Representation of Patients’ Histories

    9:40-10:00 Fernando Santos Sanchez: Knowledge capture for a novel text analytics tool: analysis of Public Comments on Patient Information Leaflets to Measure Quality Perception and Patient Understanding

    10:00-10:20 Coffee break

    10:20-10:40 Anastasia Zunic: A deep learning approach to sentiment analysis of patient narratives

    10:40-11:00 Maksim Belousov: Mining adverse drug reactions and their impact on patients’ quality of life in social media


Expert panel

  • Prof Wendy Chapman, Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Utah
  • Prof Rob Stewart, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology & Clinical Informatics, King’s College London
  • Dr Angus Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, King’s College London
  • Prof Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI-CNRS


Key dates

  • The deadline for submissions: February 15th, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: February 22nd, 2018
  • Early registration deadline: March 1st, 2018
  • The PhD forum session: 9:00-11:00, April 18th, 2018



  • Sumithra Velupillai, King’s College London
  • Elizabeth Ford, Brighton and Sussex Medical School


Submissions (closed)

Contributions should consists of up to 4 pages and should present ongoing PhD research (at any stage), clearly specifying the aim and objectives of research, as well as methodology and resources. These submissions will be treated separately from the other submissions.

Please use HealTAC2018-Submission-Template and submit proposals via EasyChair. The deadline for submissions: February 15th, 2018.