Important Dates

March 15, 2024
Workshop Paper Due Date
March 31, 2024
Camera-ready papers due
May 20, 2024
Workshop @ LREC-COLING


Two types of submissions are invited: full papers and short papers.

Full papers should not exceed eight (8) pages of text, plus unlimited references. These are intended to be reports of original research.

Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content, plus unlimited references. Appropriate short paper topics include preliminary results, application notes, descriptions of work in progress, etc.

Electronic Submission: Submissions must be electronic and in PDF format, using the Softconf START conference management system. Submissions need to be anonymous. The submission site is:

Dual submission policy: papers may NOT be submitted to the workshop if they are or will be concurrently submitted to another meeting or publication.

Main conference resubmissions: We welcome submissions of topically-relevant papers that have been rejected from the main LREC-COLING conference. The scores and reviews from the main conference will be taken into consideration, and the highest ranking papers may be considered without additional review.


This first workshop on patient-oriented language processing aims to establish a general venue for presenting research and applications focused on patients’ needs, including summarizing health records for the patients, answering consumer-health questions using reliable resources, detecting misinformation or potentially harmful information, and providing multi-modal information, such as video, if it better satisfies patients’ needs. Such a venue is needed both to invigorate patient-oriented language processing research and to build a community of researchers interested in this area. The growing interest in this topic is fueled by several current trends:

  1. a proliferation of online services that target patients but do not always act in their best interests;
  2. policy changes that allow patients to access their health records written in the professional vernacular, which may confuse the patients or lead to misinterpretation;
  3. replacement of customer services with chat bots; and
  4. the increasing tendency of patients to consult online resources as a second or even first opinion on their health problems.

We invite papers concerning all areas of language processing focused on patients’ health. The workshop will be centered on language technologies for health-related issues concerning the public that include, but are not limited to:

Broadly, CL4Health is concerned with the resources, computational approaches, and behavioral and socio-economic aspects of the public interactions with digital resources in search of health-related information that satisfies their information needs and guides their actions.

The topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to the following:

Invited Talks