Colloquium Details

Revolutionizing Medicine through Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Speaker: Professor Mihaela van der Schaar, UCLA, University of Oxford and Alan Turing Institute

Location: 60 Fifth Avenue 150

Date: April 3, 2017, 2 p.m.

Host: Subhash Khot


In this talk, I will describe some of my research on machine learning for personalized medicine. Because of the unique and complex characteristics of medical data and medical questions, many familiar machine-learning approaches are inadequate.  My work therefore develops and applies novel machine learning methods to construct risk scores, early warning systems and clinical decision support systems for screening and diagnosis and for prognosis and treatment.  This work achieves enormous improvements over current clinical practice and over existing state-of-the-art machine learning methods.  By design, these systems are easily interpretable and so allow clinicians to extract from data the necessary knowledge and representations to derive data-driven medical epistemology and to permit easy adoption in hospitals and clinical practice. My team has collaborated with researchers and clinicians in oncology, emergency care, cardiology, transplantation, internal medicine, etc. You can find more information about our past research at:

Speaker Bio:

Mihaela van der Schaar is the Man Professor, Oxford-Man Institute, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford and Chancellor's Professor at University of California, Los Angeles. She is also affiliated with the Alan Turing Institute and the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research. Her main research interest is on machine learning and artificial intelligence for medicine. She is an IEEE Fellow (2009) and has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the Communications Society, the Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and member of the Senior Editorial Board member of IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (JETCAS) and IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing (JSTSP). She received an NSF CAREER Award (2004), the Best Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (2005), the Okawa Foundation Award (2006), the IBM Faculty Award (2005, 2007, 2008), the Most Cited Paper Award from EURASIP: Image Communications Journal (2006), the Gamenets Conference Best Paper Award (2011) and the 2011 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Best Paper Award. She holds 33 US patents.


Refreshments will be offered starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the talk.

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