Seminar Series - Fei Wang, PhD - Similarity Analytics in the Age of Precision Medicine

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
014 CTW Building

Seminar Series
Thursday, May 11, 2017
014 CTW Building
Similarity Analytics in the Age of Precision Medicine
Fei Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Health Informatics
Department of Healthcare Policy and Research
Cornell University
Academic Consultant, Center for Computational Healthcare
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center


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Precision medicine, which aims at identification of the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, has attracted lots of interests in various fields. Although many existing works define the "right patient" based on his/her genetic profile, the phenotypical and environmental information can also help us better understand the condition of the patient. In this talk, I will introduce similarity analytics, which is a computational tool for identification of the similarity between pairwise data objects, and its applications in precision medicine. Specifically, I will introduce 1) static and longitudinal patient similarity evaluation and its applications in risk prediction and disease subtyping; 2) integrated patient and drug similarity analytics for precision treatment recommendation.


Short Bio

Fei Wang is an Assistant Professor in Division of Health Informatics, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Cornell University. He is also an academic consultant for Center for Computational Healthcare at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. His major research interest is data mining, machine learning and their applications in health informatics. His papers have received over 4,500 citations so far with an H-index 36. His papers won best paper runner-up for ICDM 2016, best student paper for ICDM 2015, best research paper nomination for ICDM 2010, Marco Romani Best paper nomination in AMIA TBI 2014, and his paper was selected into the best paper finalist in SDM 2011 and 2015. He also won the Parkinson's Progression Markers' Initiative data challenge organized by Michael J. Fox Foundation. Dr. Wang is an action editor of the journal Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, an associate editor of Journal of Health Informatics Research and Smart Health, and an editorial board member of Pattern Recognition and International Journal of Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare. Dr. Wang is the vice chair of the KDD working group in AMIA.