Call for Participation: MEDDOPROF Shared Task: Medical Documents Profession Recognition shared task (IberLEF - SEPLN 2021)

Event start date
22-09-2021 09:00
Event end date
24-09-2021 17:00

MEDDOPROF Shared Task (IberLEF - SEPLN 2021)
 Medical Documents Profession Recognition shared task
MEDDOPROF Cup Awards by BSC-Plan TL [3,000€]

We want to share the CFP of the MEDDOPROF shared task focusing on professions and employment in health data. The first shared task focusing on automatic recognition of professions and occupational status (and normalization to standard multilingual terminologies) in medical documents is being organised.

The relevance of text mining of professions and occupational status encompasses multiple human-interest areas, from health and social services, competitive intelligence, human resources, legal NLP and even gender studies.

The need to implement advanced NER systems to detect professions in medical texts has been underscored by the current pandemic, in which the risk of selected occupational groups has resulted in higher mortality and morbidity for these segments of the population. The relationships between disorders and professions may be explained by different factors like increased contact/exposure to hazardous substances, allergens or pathogens; physical injuries due to occupational accidents; higher degrees of social interaction of some professions, or even work-related conditions affecting mental health, just to name a few.

Additionally, targeted vaccination plans also benefit from better characterization of patient professions.

Following the success of previously organized shared tasks (i.e. Cantemist, PharmaCoNER, or Meddocan), they are now launching the MEDDOPROF shared task as part of the IberLEF 2021 evaluation initiative (co-located with SEPLN 2021), with the following sub-tracks:

  • MEDDOPROF-NER: automatic detection of mentions of occupations (profession, employment status and activities).
  • MEDDOPROF-CLASS: finding mentions of occupations and classifying them, whether they refer to the patients themselves, their family members or healthcare professionals.
  • MEDDOPROF-NORM: mapping detected occupation mentions to their corresponding concept identifiers from standard multilingual occupation terminologies (ESCO and SNOMED-CT).

Key information:


  • Test set release (start of evaluation period): June 1st, 2021
  • End of evaluation period (system submissions): June 7th, 2021
  • Working papers submission: June 21st, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance (peer-reviews): June 27th, 2021
  • Camera-ready system descriptions: July 4th, 2021
  • IberLEF @ SEPLN 2021: September 2021

Publications and IBERLEF/SEPLN2021 workshop

Teams participating in MEDDOPROF will be invited to contribute a systems description paper for the IberLEF (SEPLN 2021) Working Notes proceedings, and a short presentation of their approach at the IberLEF 2021 workshop.

Main Organizers

  • Martin Krallinger, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Eulàlia Farré, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Salvador Lima, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Vicent Briva-Iglesias, D-REAL, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Antonio Miranda-Escalada, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

Scientific Committee

  • Sophia Ananadiou, Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK
  • Josep Maria Haro Abad, Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu
  • Goran Nenadic, Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK
  • Aurélie Névéol, LIMSI-CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, France
  • Øystein Nytrø, Department of Computer and Information Science, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU)
  • Carlos Luis Parra Calderón, Head of Technological Innovation at Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Institute of Biomedicine of Seville, Spain
  • Francisco Javier Sanz Valero, Escuela Nacional de Medicina del Trabajo, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
  • Ashish Tendulkar, Machine Learning Specialist at Google
  • Michelle Turner, Assistant Research Professor at Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Secretary-Treasurer International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
  • Ozlem Uzuner, George Mason University
  • Alfonso Valencia Herrera, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS), Spain