Abstract : In this paper we investigate the problem of supervised latent modelling for extracting topic hierarchies from data. The supervised part is given in the form of expert information over document-topic correspondence. To exploit the expert information we use a regularization term that penalizes the difference between a predicted and an expert-given model. We hence add the regularization term to the log-likelihood function and use a stochastic EM based algorithm for parameter estimation. The proposed method is used to construct a topic hierarchy over the proceedings of the European Conference on Operational Research and helps to automatize the abstract submission system.