The first Computational Semantics in Clinical Text (CSCT) workshop was held on March 19, 2013, preceding the 10th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS). The workshop and conference took place at the University of Potsdam in Germany.
**Presentations Posted** - see Program attachments
Clinical text has unique semantic and pragmatic characteristics -- prototypically describing a physician-patient encounter with entities and events in the real world. Furthermore, large-scale semantic resources (e.g., UMLS Metathesaurus) are well-developed and frequently used, text corpora are increasingly available (e.g., i2b2 NLP Challenge data), and the possibility of tangible medical benefit is of broad interest. These characteristics make the medical domain an ideal proving ground for computational semantics theory and practice.
Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI-CNRS