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Important Dates

April 13, 2009 Deadline for submission
April 27, 2009 Notification of Selection
May 11, 2009 Camera-Ready Copy Deadline
Saturday July 18, 2009 Doctoral Consortium

Aim and who should attend

The third Doctoral Consortium for the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME) series of conferences will take place on Saturday 18th July 2009 in conjunction with the 12th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME 09) to be held in Verona, Italy (http://aimedicine.info/aime09/). The Doctoral Consortium will provide an opportunity for PhD students to present their research plans or their preliminary work in an informal and supportive atmosphere. The Ph.D. students can discuss their plans, preliminary results (optional), and the specific problems they are encountering. They will get feedback and advice from a number of prominent academic researchers with substantial experience in the field who will actively give constructive feedback and advice and contribute to the discussions.

The Doctoral Consortium will host the presentations by about 6 Ph.D. students who will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium chair. It will also include a short intensive tutorial on evaluation of models and systems, and will be concluded with a general discussion and evaluation.


Unlike other conference submissions, a Doctoral Consortium submission pertains specifically to the Ph.D. thesis as a whole or part thereof (hereafter both will be termed “the research work”). To apply for participation at the AIME 09 Doctoral Consortium, please submit a research plan on a topic related to AI in Medicine of 2000 to 2500 words (approximately 4-5 pages) of your research work. Submissions should be submitted electronically in PDF format and should include a short description of:

    * The problem, with an argument of why it is important.
    * The goal and the research questions.
    * An outline of what is already known about the research problem.
    * Your planned approach and methods for solving the problem.
    * The expected results from the research work like overviews, algorithms, better understanding of a concept, a pilot, model or system.
    * Any questions you might have or problems you encounter for which you specifically would like feedback on such as: do I need to write a systematic review before I start? How should I proceed? Where should I consider publishing? How should I evaluate my work? Which courses would suit me best to carry out the work? Is it normal to meet my supervisor once a week/month/year?

The doctoral consortium chair will select about 6 submissions to be presented and discussed during the meeting. The selection is based on the relevancy to AI in Medicine topics (see for example the AIME 09 topics), relevancy to the doctoral consortium (there is for example no point to present finished work at the meeting), the clarity of writing, and the resulting spectrum of presented topics.

Academic Panel

Aside from the doctoral consortium chair, an Academic Panel consisting of the following leading researchers in the AIM field will conduct the AIME Doctoral Consortium:
Riccardo Bellazzi; Michel Dojat; Jim Hunter; Elpida Keravnou; Peter Lucas; Silvia Miksch; Niels Peek; Silvana Quaglini; Yuval Shahar; Blaz Zupan.


Participation in the meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend and not just to the presenting Ph.D. students. Details on payment and registration will be announced later and will be posted on the AIME 09 web page.


Selected submissions will appear in workshop notes that will be distributed among registered participants.

Doctoral Consortium Chair

Ameen Abu-Hanna
Department of Medical Informatics
Academic Medical Center - University of Amsterdam
Meibergdreef 15
1105 AZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
email: a.abu-hanna at amc.uva.nl
home page: http://kik.amc.uva.nl/home/aabuhanna/
Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2009 10:28

Important Dates

Proposals for Tutorials:  February 9, 2009
Proposals for Workshops:  February 9, 2009
Electronic Draft Abstract Submission Deadline:  February 2, 2009
Electronic Paper Submission Deadline:  February 9, 2009
Notification of Acceptance:  April 6, 2009
Camera-Ready Copy Deadline:  April 27, 2009

Early registration: June 15, 2009 23:59:59 CEST.
Bank transfer registration deadline: July 10, 2009 12:00:00 CEST.
Registration deadline: July 17, 2009 12:00:00 CEST.

Doctoral consortium: July 18 (Sat), 2009

Workshops & tutorial: July 19 (Sun), 2009

1st day of conference: July 20 (Mon), 2009
Welcome party: July 20, 2009

2nd day: July 21 (Tue), 2009
Social dinner: July 21, 2009

3rd day: July 22 (Wed), 2009

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 July 2009 10:05 )