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The SYNODOS project

SYNODOS is a System for standardization and organization of textual medical data for Observation in Health.

The purpose of SYNODOS is to develop a generic solution for extracting semantics out of medical data and organize this medical information in such a way that it could be used to support epidemiological studies or medical decisions. The generic aspect of the resulting solution will be supported by the fact that medical staff will be able to write their own expert rules independently of their domain of specialties.


The project will also evaluate the quality of extracted information in the context of epidemiological studies. System performance will be evaluated in two domains: hospital acquired Infections and cancer.

From a technological standpoint, project objectives are: development of fine grained linguistic rules to extract temporal expressions, interface between the semantic analyzer and multi-terminology server upstream during the extraction phase as well as interface between linguistic engine and knowledge representation. For the generation of expert system rules, SYNODOS proposes a general modular architecture that makes a clear distinction between linguistic rules and expert systems rules allowing the medical user to generate its own decision rule and enabling semantic queries on information extracted. Project outcomes will be an operational system integrating the various technological modules described above.


SYNODOS is supported by the ANR program TecSan 2012 for an amount of € 785 183. It is a 36-month project, which started in October 2012.


SYNODOS Partners

Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive (LBBE-UCBL) (Coordinator)

Equipe Catalogue and Index des Sites Médicaux et Francophones et Groupe Gestion de la Connaissance et Système d'Information de Santé CISMeF

Ho2S (previously known as CELI France)



For more information, go to http://www.synodos.fr


Solution Manager
Frédérique Segond

Before joining the VISEO group, Frédérique SEGOND was Principal Scientist and manager of the Parsing and Semantics area (ParSem) at the Xerox Research Centre Europe. She joined Xerox as a research scientist in 1993 and worked on LOCOLEX, an intelligent dictionary lookup (European project COMPASS). Afterwards, within the PARGRAM (Parallel Grammars) project, she was responsible for the design and implementation of a French Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG). She then led the Lexical Sense Disambiguation LSD project where she worked on the EAGLES, ROMANSEVAL and EuroWordNet projects.

 Throughout her research career she has developed, worked and coordinated about twenty collaborative research projects such as ALADIN, Europeanna, CACAO and Galateas.

Frédérique earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Socil Sciences in Paris where she implemented categorical French grammar at IBM-France. After a one year post-doc at IBM-Watson in Yorktown working on the links between syntax and semantics, she was in charge of starting a research and teaching activity in a French Telecom school.

Frederique is co-author of six books, over 50 scientific papers and 5 patents. She belongs to several scientific committees. She is a member of the CONTINT steering committee of the French National Agency for Research (ANR), President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ATALA), member of the ELRA board (European Language Resources Association), member of the board of the University Stendhal, and also provides scientific expertise to the European Commission. She is also on the “qualification list” of Professors of the University of Paris 7.

Publications and Patents

Curriculum Vitae