2017 International Workshop on Semantic Technology and Knowledge Graphs for eHealth (STeH2017)


Submission Deadline:

July 15, 2017 (deadline extended)

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are widely used for health care. As 'e-Health technologies', they have played an increasingly important role in the practice of medicine and clinical research. The term e-Health encompasses a range of services and systems in medicine/healthcare and information technology. Applications of e-Health include research, educating the health care workforce (e.g. e-Learning), treating patients, tracking diseases and monitoring public health. However, the lack of integration and semantic interoperability among most of the information systems that are used creates inefficiencies and application limits for eHealth, which challenge the ability of the health care industry to reach the stated goals: to supply continuous care that is personalized for each patient and to put new knowledge into practice by translating clinical research results from 'bench to bedside'.

Semantic Web technology is steadily becoming a de facto solution for semantic interoperability in medicine and healthcare. This international workshop on Semantic Technology and Knowledge Graphs for eHealth (STeH) is designed to be a discussion forum for researchers who are interested in the research and development of semantic applications for medicine and health care.

Event Information

The list of the covered topics includes but not limited to:

The workshop will take place during the 2017 International Conference on Brain Informatics and Health, Nov 16-18, 2017, Beijing, China, (Nov 16th, 2017), as a one-day event.

Please note that for every accepted paper at least one of the authors must attend the workshop and must register for the workshop and the main conference. Submission of a paper is not required for attendance at the workshop. However, in the event that the workshop cannot accommodate all who would like to participate, those who have submitted a paper will be given priority.

Important Dates

July 15th, 2017

Deadline for Submission of papers

July 24th, 2017

Notification of acceptance

July 30th, 2017

Camera-ready version due

July 22th, 2017

Submission deadline for abstracts (TYPE II)

Nov 16th, 2017


Nov 17th-18th, 2017

Main Conference

Invited Talk

Title: Semantic Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Frank van Harmelen (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Abstract: It is now well known that hospitals are full of big data, but it is often quite hard to use these data effectively for analysis or decision support. I will argue that hospital big data become much more useful when combining them with big data from the web, and in particular with the big knowledge graphs that are available on the web. I will illustrate this with a number of use-cases from the hospital, including adverse event reporting, patient recruiting for medical trials and the calculation of healthcare quality indicators.

Brief CV: Frank van Harmelen (1960) is a professor in the Department of Computer Science (Faculty of Science) at the Vrije University Amsterdam. After studying mathematics and computer science in Amsterdam, he moved to the Department of AI in Edinburgh, where he was awarded a PhD in 1989 for his research on meta-level reasoning. After his PhD research, he moved back to Amsterdam where he worked from 1990 to 1995 in the SWI Department under Prof. Wielinga, on the use of reflection in expert systems, on the formal underpinnings of the CommonKADS methodology for Knowledge-Based Systems. In 1995 he joined the AI research group at the Vrije University Amsterdam, where he leads the Knowledge Representation & Reasoning Group. Since 2000, he has played a leading role in the development of the Semantic Web, which aims to make data on the web semantically interpretable by machines through formal representations. He was co-PI on the first European Semantic Web project (On-To-Knowledge, 1999), which laid the foundations for the Web Ontology Language OWL. OWL has become a worldwide standard, it is in wide commercial use, and has become the basis for an entire research community. He co-authored the Semantic Web Primer, the first academic textbook of the field and now in its third edition, which is in worldwide use (translations in 5 languages, 10.000 copies sold of the English edition alone). He was one of the architects of Sesame, an RDF storage and retrieval engine, which is in wide academic and industrial use with over 200,000 downloads. This work received the 10-year impact award at the 11th International Semantic Web Conference in 2012, which is the most prestigious award in the field. In recent years, he pioneered the development of large scale reasoning engines. He was scientific director of the 10m euro EU-funded Large Knowledge Collider, a platform for distributed computation over semantic graphs with billions of edges. The prize-winning work with his student Jacopo Urbani has improved the state of the art by two orders of magnitude. His scientific publications are widely cited, with an H-index of H=62 (Google Scholar corpus). In 2014, he was admitted as member of the Academia Europe (membership of AE is limited to the top 5% of researchers in each field, the Informatics section has 198 members).


Program Committee (to be confirmed)


The BI 2017 Conference will be located in Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel.


Time Track
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome from the organizers
09:10 - 10:00 Invited Talk (title will be announced)
Frank van Harmelen (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
(Chair: Zhisheng Huang)
10:00 - 10:20 "Developing a clinical pharmacology knowledge graph"
Liu SHEN and Jiao Li
(Chair: Zhisheng Huang)
10:20 - 10:40 Tea Break

10:40 - 11:00 "Knowledge Graphs in the Quality Use of Antidepressants: A Perspective from Clinical Research Applications"
Weijing Tang, Yu Yang, Zhisheng Huang, and Xiaoli Hua
(Chair: Jiao Li)
11:00 - 11:20 "Using Knowledge Graph for Analysis of Neglected Influencing Factors of Statin-Induced Myopathy"
Yu Yang, Zhisheng Huang, Yong Han, Xiaoli Hua, and Weijing Tang
(Chair: Jiao Li)
11:20 - 11:40 "Cell-lines centered semantic model for connecting genes, mutations and cancers"
Meng Wu and Jiao Li
(Chair: Zhisheng Huang)
11:40 - 11:50 "Internet of Medicine - A Smart Service Network for Health Care"
Zhenyuan Liu, Guangjian Jiang, and Zaisheng Liu
(Chair: Zhisheng Huang)
11:50 - 12:00 "Making Semantic Annotation on Patient Data of Depression"
Du Yanan, Lin Shaofu, and Zhisheng Huang
(Chair: Jiao Li)
12:00 Close


You can submit a full paper (Type I, up to 10 pages) or an abstract (Type II, limit to 500 words) to the workshop.

Note for full paper submissions:
i. Authors are strongly encouraged to use Springer LNCS/LNAI manuscript submission guidelines (available at for the initial submissions. All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF and DOC/RTF format in the Springer LNCS/LNAI style.

Style files can be download here:
Office 2007 Word:
Word 2003: CS Proceedings_Author Tools_Word 2003 (last update: April 19, 2011) (zip, 229 kB)

ii. Although we accept submissions in the form of PDF, PS, and DOC/RTF files, you are strongly encouraged to generate a PDF version for your paper before submitting it. It is highly recommended to use LaTeX to prepare your PDF submission.

Furthermore papers need to be submitted electronically through the BI2017 system using the following link:


The proceedings of the STeH2017 workshop will be published as part of the proceedings of BIH2017 by Springer in its Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The proceedings will be published post conference.


Jiao Li
China Institute of Medical Informatics, China

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