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Date(s) - 01/07/2013 - 05/07/2013
All Day




This 5 day course, run in conjunction with the GATE team at the University of Sheffield, will provide participants with the core skills needed to develop text-analytics solutions using the GATE Framework. There will be a focus on exploring biomedical data in general and electronic health records in particular, however the techniques learned will be applicable to any text engineering problems and participants from other fields are welcome.

We have been using GATE for the past few years to explore the free-text component of our electronic health records. We have developed applications to extract information including smoking status, diagnosis, prescribing data, test results and level of education. Dr. Rob Stewart will introduce the course by giving a talk entitled: “Enhancing research capability through information extraction – practical experiences from CRIS”

Course Materials

Course materials are now available from the GATE website:


GATE (General Architecture for Text Engineering)
  • Free, open-source, Java-based, comprehesive framework for text analytics.
  • Over 15 years old and remains under active development at the University of Sheffield
  • Designed for production – tested on Windows, Linux and Mac
  • Widely used in both academia and industry

Please see the GATE website for more information

Course Content
  • Information Extraction and ANNIE
  • Introduction to JAPE
  • GATE Embedded API
  • Main GATE APIs
  • Creating new Resource Types
  • Ontologies and Semantic Annotation
  • Machine Learning

The registration fee for this 5 day course is £1000, or £500 for NHS and Academic staff / students.

Refreshments and Lunches are included in the registration fee, accommodation and transport are not.


This course requires a laptop with GATE installed.

You are welcome to bring your own laptop. We can provide a guest account on the KCL WiFi network and Eduroam will be available. Participants will have access to a Course Preparation Guide which will provide information on installation of any necessary software.

If you would prefer to hire a laptop (with required software pre-installed) for the week, we can arrange this at a cost of £120. Please check the Laptop Hire box in the registration form.

Course Prerequisites

Participants must have some previous exposure to programming concepts (any language).

You will be expected to install the GATE Developer software prior to the course and to be familiar with the basics of the user interface. If you haven’t used GATE before, you should have a go at this introductory workshop

Registration and Selection

To register for a place on the course, complete the booking form below. There are limited places and a number of places will be reserved for King’s Health Partners’ staff.

To help us tailor the course, please use the Interests section of the form to describe why you want to attend the course and what text analytics problems you would like to address with GATE. Use the Experience section to describe any relevant experience you have, particularly relating to the course prerequisites described above.


When you are offered a place on the course, we will send you an invoice.
Your place on the course will be confirmed when we receive payment.


If you have any questions about the course, you can Send us a message


Bookings are closed for this event.