Discovering new uses for NLP text analytics at the Linguamatics Text Mining Summit

October 23, 2014

This year, Linguamatics returned to the beautiful town of Newport, Rhode Island, for our annual Text Mining Summit on October 13-15. We were delighted to return to this exquisite setting, where again delegates competed over who could take the most beautiful sunrise and sunset photos.

Sunrise at Newport, Linguamatics Text Mining Summit 2014

Sunrise outside the Hyatt Regency,Newport, RI, Linguamatics Text Mining Summit 2014

Sunset at Newport, Linguamatics Text Mining Summit 2014

Sunset captured at the Linguamatics Text Mining Summit 2014

The Text Mining Summit offers unique opportunities to learn about the latest use cases of Natural Language Processing (NLP) text analytics across pharma and healthcare, plus hands-on training, networking and idea sharing. We hosted a fantastic line up of presenters from Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Georgetown University Medical Center, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, Cell Signalling Technology, Thomson Reuters, GenoSpace and Microsoft.

Mark Burfoot, Global Head, Knowledge Office for Novartis kicked off the proceedings on Tuesday with a keynote talk looking at the future of text mining and knowledge strategy within an evolving pharma landscape. Several presenters shared their use cases and experiences employing I2E. Jonathan Hartmann, Hospital Informationist, Georgetown University Medical Center, gave us an update on the use of I2E for on-the-spot clinical decision support; he said of his experience with text mining: “I2E allows me to find things I wouldn’t have been able to find.” Ryan Owens, Systems Analyst, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare, described the use of I2E to structure essential information from electronic medical records; he said what his organization was accomplishing would be impossible without the help of I2E: “You have to use NLP. There is no other way.”

Ryan Owens  speaking on 'Gaining critical information for clinical trials using NLP'

Ryan Owens speaking on ‘Gaining critical information for clinical trials using NLP’

Other presentations included Jonathan Keeling, Senior Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim, who described how researchers are linking genomics (and other ‘omics) data in TranSMART to gene annotation information extracted using I2E; and Mick Correll, Chief Operating Officer, GenoSpace, who discussed how I2E has dramatically improved the clinical trial matching process, finding trials for critically ill patients faster than otherwise possible.

Jonathan Keeling speaking on 'Integration of text mining into the tranSMART knowledge management platform'

Jonathan Keeling speaking on ‘Integration of text mining into the tranSMART knowledge management platform’

User presentations received a warm welcome from delegates, who enabled very lively Q&A sessions on the different applications of NLP in improving the speed and quality of insight extraction. Delegates were also inspired by Linguamatics speakers’ presentations, which shed light on the power of I2E in more industry-specific contexts. In particular, John Brimacombe (Linguamatics Executive Chairman) laid out the roadmap to “Connecting Knowledge” through federated text mining over any content source, which will enable users to text mine multiple public and private knowledge sources in a single query.

A prime example of the potential of federated text mining was given by Andrew Garrow, Text Analytics Manager at Thomson Reuters. He previewed the Cortellis Informatics Clinical Text Analytics for I2E – exciting new capabilities to gain insights in support of clinical design from Cortellis clinical and epidemiology content sets.

Guy Singh and Andrew Garrow presenting on Cortellis Informatics Clinical Text Analytics for I2E

Guy Singh and Andrew Garrow presenting on Cortellis Informatics Clinical Text Analytics for I2E

The evening social events gave delegates a welcome opportunity to network and continue their discussions over the risotto bar at the Hyatt and fresh New England oysters, drinks, and a stunning waterfront view at the Landing restaurant.

The Text Mining Summit was once again a very successful event which brought together Linguamatics, our partners and our users across the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech industries to share dialogue on the past, present and future of text mining and data analytics. Many thanks to everyone who attended and contributed.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the TMS next year and also at our Spring Users Conference in Cambridge, UK (April 13-15, 2015).

Powering Knowledge Discovery at the Spring Users Conference

April 16, 2014

Now in its 7th year, the Linguamatics Spring Users Conference is Europe’s premier text mining conference. Delegates were provided with an excellent opportunity to explore trends in text mining & text analytics, natural language processing (NLP) and knowledge discovery.

As usual, the conference kicked off with hands-on training workshops, with sessions for beginners, advanced users and administrators. Delegates couldn’t wait to get their hands on the new features of I2E 4.2, and pick the brains of our Application Specialists and Chief Technology Officer.

In the evening, we hosted a welcome reception at the wonderful Fitzwilliam Museum. Delegates were blown away by the marble stairwell and the opulent gold ceiling. We were surrounded by great artworks by impressionists such as Pissaro, Monet and Cezanne, leaving the delegates suitably impressed.


The grand ceiling at the Fitzwilliam Museum

On Tuesday, the main conference sessions were held and we were welcomed by our Executive Chairman, John M. Brimacombe who presented the Linguamatics corporate mission and an update on the triad of critical functionality in the I2E platform – with NLP at its heart.

Throughout the day we heard from end-users on their experiences with I2E. Jasmin Saric from Boehringer Ingelheim and David Hollembaek from Microsoft enthused people with their case study on using I2E to semantically enrich Boehringer Ingelheim’s enterprise search system (based on Microsoft SharePoint 2013), which transformed the user-experience of enterprise search in this proof of concept. According to Jasmin, his colleagues can’t wait to have a full production version.


Delegates at the Spring Users Conference 2014

Other user presentations included Raul Rodriguez-Esteban from Roche, who presented his work on Text mining to Support Model-Based Meta-Analysis in Clinical Drug Development (by extracting treatment, demographics, outcome and other information from various clinical trial databases). We also heard from Sten Christensen, Novo Nordisk on his work using text mining to Track External Haemophilia Activities – they have been able to replace ~600 classical searches into four I2E query categories, and present the resulting information to the end-users in visual form, making their analysis much more efficient.

The conference provided new and potential users with a timely update on the latest I2E product developments: including an overview of Linked Servers, which allows streamlined access to content by linking enterprise servers with content servers on the cloud; enhanced chemical querying capabilities; progress on healthcare applications of I2E; and integrated visualization tools. Chief Technology Officer David Milward’s forward-looking technology road map received a great deal of interest from delegates.

This year we invited a few of our partners to exhibit and participate in 5-minute lightning round presentations: we heard from ChemAxon, Copyright Clearance Center, Thomson Reuters and Accelrys on their solutions and how they integrate with Linguamatics I2E.

Discussions carried on throughout the day and into the evening during dinner at St Catherine’s College, one of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges.

Wednesday morning gave delegates the chance to engage with I2E once more via hands-on training with the Web Services API, a workshop for intermediate users and an advanced querying clinic for expert users.

The whole event was a great success topped off with some fabulous feedback from all our attendees around the conference and the software – to quote one of the feedback forms “the [Linguamatics] technical support is fantastic, it is one of the best of the companies we work with…”.

Presentations which have been approved to share are available on I2Edia and by email request.

Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the Linguamatics Spring Users Conference 2014, we look forward to seeing you at the Text Mining Summit in Newport, RI or in Cambridge, UK next year!

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