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Section: New Results

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Automatic classification of radiological reports for clinical care

Participants : Anne-Lyse Minard, Alfonso Gerevini [Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy] , Alberto Lavelli [Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy] , Alessandro Maffi [Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy] , Roberto Maroldi [Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy, Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale Spedali Civili di Brescia, Italy] , Ivan Serina [Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy] , Guido Squassina [Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale Spedali Civili di Brescia, Italy] .

Radiological reporting generates a large amount of free-text clinical narratives, a potentially valuable source of information for improving clinical care and supporting research. The use of automatic techniques to analyze such reports is necessary to make their content effectively available to radiologists in an aggregated form. In this paper we focus on the classification of chest computed tomography reports according to a classification schema proposed for this task by radiologists of the Italian hospital ASST Spedali Civili di Brescia. The proposed system is built exploiting a training data set containing reports annotated by radiologists. Each report is classified according to the schema developed by radiologists and textual evidences are marked in the report. The annotations are then used to train different machine learning based classifiers. We present in this paper a method based on a cascade of classifiers which make use of a set of syntactic and semantic features. The resulting system is a novel hierarchical classification system for the given task, that we have experimentally evaluated [5].

Revisiting the medial axis for planar shape decomposition

Participants : Yannis Avrithis, N. Papanelopoulos [NTU Athens] , S. Kollias [Univ. Lincoln] .

We introduce a simple computational model for planar shape decomposition that naturally captures most of the rules and salience measures suggested by psychophysical studies, including the minima and short-cut rules, convexity, and symmetry [7]. It is based on a medial axis representation in ways that have not been explored before and sheds more light into the connection between existing rules like minima and convexity. In particular, vertices of the exterior medial axis directly provide the position and extent of negative minima of curvature, while a traversal of the interior medial axis directly provides a small set of candidate endpoints for part-cuts. The final selection follows a prioritized processing of candidate part-cuts according to a local convexity rule that can incorporate arbitrary salience measures. Neither global optimization nor differentiation is involved. We provide qualitative and quantitative evaluation and comparisons on ground-truth data from psychophysical experiments. With our single computational model, we outperform even an ensemble method on several other competing models.

Is ATIS too shallow to go deeper for benchmarking Spoken Language Understanding models?

Participants : Christian Raymond, Frédéric Béchet [Aix Marseille University] .

We started a collaboration about benchmarking scientific benchmarks. We started in [11] by the ATIS (Air Travel Information Service) corpus, that will be soon celebrating its 30th birthday. Designed originally to benchmark spoken language systems, it still represents the most well-known corpus for benchmarking Spoken Language Understanding (SLU) systems. In 2010, in a paper titled "What is left to be understood in ATIS?", Tur et al. discussed the relevance of this corpus after more than 10 years of research on statistical models for performing SLU tasks. Nowadays, in the Deep Neural Network (DNN) era, ATIS is still used as the main benchmark corpus for evaluating all kinds of DNN models, leading to further improvements, although rather limited, in SLU accuracy compared to previous state-of-the-art models. We propose in this paper to investigate these results obtained on ATIS from a qualitative point of view rather than just a quantitative point of view and answer the two following questions: what kind of qualitative improvement brought DNN models to SLU on the ATIS corpus? Is there anything left, from a qualitative point of view, in the remaining 5% of errors made by current state-of-the-art models?

KRAUTS: A German Temporally Annotated News Corpus

Participants : Anne-Lyse Minard, Strötgen Jannik [Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany] , Lukas Lange [Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany] , Manuela Speranza [Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy] , Bernardo Magnini [Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy] .

In recent years, temporal tagging, i.e., the extraction and normalization of temporal expressions, has become a vibrant research area. Several tools have been made available, and new strategies have been developed. Due to domain-specific challenges, evaluations of new methods should be performed on diverse text types. Despite significant efforts towards multilinguality in the context of temporal tagging, for all languages except English, annotated corpora exist only for a single domain. In the case of German, for example, only a narrative style corpus has been manually annotated so far, thus no evaluations of German temporal tagging performance on news articles can be made. In this paper, we present KRAUTS, a new German temporally annotated corpus containing two subsets of news documents: articles from the daily newspaper DOLOMITEN and from the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. Overall, the corpus contains 192 documents with 1,140 annotated temporal expressions, and has been made publicly available to further boost research in temporal tagging citejannik:hal-01844834.

Active learning to assist annotation of aerial Images in environmental surveys

Participants : Ewa Kijak, Mathieu Laroze [OBELIX team, IRISA] , Romain Dambreville [OBELIX team, IRISA] , Chloe Friguet [OBELIX team, IRISA] , Sébastien Lefèvre [OBELIX team, IRISA] .

Remote sensing technologies greatly ease environmental assessment over large study areas using aerial images, e.g. for monitoring and counting animals or ships. Such data are most often analyzed by a manual operator, leading to costly and non scalable solutions. If object detection algorithms are used to fasten and automate the counting processes, these algorithms need to have prior ground truth available, which is a time-consuming and tedious process for field experts or engineers. We introduced a method to assist the annotation process in aerial images by introducing an active learning algorithm, allowing interaction with the expert such as class confirmation or correction at the labeling stage, and querying the expert with groups of samples taken from the same image to ease user annotation. Usual active learning algorithms perform instance selection from the whole set of input data. In this work, the selection of the queried instances is constrained by requiring that they belong to a group, (a part of) an image in our case, to ease the annotator task as the queried instances are proposed in their comprehensive context. We defined a score to rank the images and identify the one that should be annotated at each iteration, based on both uncertainty and true positives. The main objective is to reduce the number of human interactions on the overall process, starting from a first annotated image, rather than reaching the maximum final accuracy. Therefore, the annotation cost is measured through the gain in interactions (corrections of the classifier decisions by the annotator) with respect to a labeling task from scratch. At each iteration, the classifier is retrained according to a specific subset of data. Several strategies have been compared and their performances regarding the interaction gain have been discussed [19], [36].