Electrical & Computer Engineering  College of Engineering 

ECE Seminar Speaker: Dr. Hong Yu

Date(s): 3/27/2013 2:00 PM - 3/27/20133:30 PM
Location: Lester W. Cory Conference Room, SENG - Room 213A
Contact: Honggang Wang hwang1@umassd.edu 508-999-8469

Topic: “Big Data and Biomedical Natural Language Processing for Healthcare”

Speaker: Dr. Hong Yu, Professor
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
UMass Medical School
Department of Computer Science (Adjunct), UMass Amherst
Research Health Scientist,VA Central Western Massachusetts

Zettabytes of electronic data are generated each year. Such big data have fundamentally changed both biomedical research and healthcare practice. Informatics is playing a key role in this revolution. My group’s research involves developing innovative algorithms and tools for gathering, analyzing and interpreting heterogeneous data from multiple sources. These sources are both clinical and research related, such as electronic medical records (EMRs) and biomedical databases. We apply ontologies and leverage natural language processing, and create innovative data analysis and presentation systems that promote translational biomedical research. In this talk, I will describe a number of systems that we are developing, including Biomedical Figure Search, a figure language processing system for biomedical researchers, AskHERMES, a clinical question answering system for decision support, and NoteAid, a system that helps patients comprehend EMRs. I will also describe ADErepository, a large collaborative research effort to analyze adverse drug event information from the genomics data, the EMRs, and reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System.

Dr. Yu is on faculty at the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences of University of Massachusetts medical school and Associate Director of Health Informatics of Center for Clinical and Translational Science of University of Massachusetts. Her affiliations also include an adjunct full professor position at the Department of Computer Science of University of Massachusetts and a Health Informatics Scientist at Central Western of Massachusetts VA Health System. She received her PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University. She is a nationally recognized expert in biomedical natural language processing (BioNLP), and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in leading biomedical informatics and computer science journals and conference proceedings. She has served as co-Chair in the BioNLP sections of the Pacific Symposium of Biocomputing and IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics & Biomedicine. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and is the PI of several NIH-funded projects. She was a recipient of a biomedical informatics training grant (awarded to Columbia University) by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is one of the six “star trainees” selected by NLM on its celebration of 175th anniversary. Her work is included as best paper in IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2011, described in “Translational Bioinformatics 2012 Year in Review” by Russ Altman, and featured in Science, Nature, BioInform, the Pulitzer-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Milwaukee Public Radio.

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