Call for papers

Workshop on AI techniques in healthcare:
evidence-based guidelines and protocols

In conjunction with ECAI 2006


In recent years, medical guidelines and protocols have become the main instruments for disseminating best practices in clinical medicine. They promote safe practices, reduce inter-clinician practice variations and support decision-making in patient care while containing the costs of care. So far, they have been proved useful in improving the quality and consistency of healthcare, by supporting healthcare quality assessment and assurance, clinical decision, workflow and resource management, etc. The benefits of using clinical guidelines are widely recognized, yet the guideline development process is time- and resource-consuming, and the size and complexity of guidelines remains a major hurdle for effectively using them in clinical care.

This is why many organizations develop today computerized guidelines as well as decision support systems that incorporate these guidelines. Computerized protocols can be generated based on guidelines, ensuring that at the point-of-care patient-specific evidence-based therapy instructions that can be carried out with little or no inter-clinician variability.

Several methods have been or are being developed to support the development, deployment, maintenance and use of evidence-based guidelines, using techniques from Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Medical Informatics and Formal Methods. Such methods employ different representation formalisms and computational techniques: rule-based, logic-based, knowledge-based or workflow-based. Despite the guideline-related research spanning a large range of the AI research community, as well as other research areas, a comprehensive integration of the results of these communities is still lacking.


Due to the large interest in this inter-disciplinary effort to integrate the results of different communities on guideline development, deployment, and use, and following successes of similar workshops and conferences (SCGP, Leipzig, 2000, SCGP, Prague 2004, AIME track, Aberdeen 2005), this workshop will bring together researchers from different branches of AI to examine cutting-edge approaches to guideline modeling and development and to consider how different communities can cooperate to address these challenges.

List of topics

Original contributions are sought, regarding the development of theory, techniques, and use cases of Artificial Intelligence in the area of health care, particularly connected to guideline and protocols. The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be made by email to the workshop co-chair Annette ten Teije ( in PDF format, and should follow the Springer format

There are two categories of paper submissions:

  1. Full research papers (up to 10 pages)
  2. Short papers (up to 5 pages) that are
If sufficient quality is available among the workshop submissions, we will investigate publication of selected papers as part of the LNAI Springer series.


Schedule workshop (pdf)

Schedule workshop & electronic papers  

Camera-ready Guidelines

ECAI registration rules

Workshop Organising Committee

Contact details:
Annette ten Teije ( Department of AI, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam de Boelelaan 1081a, 1081HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands tel (+31)-20-598 7721/7483

Program Committee