Seminar Series - Hua Xu, PhD - Toward portable NLP solutions for healthcare – the journey of CLAMP

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
CTW 014 (Wethington Bldg.)

Abstract: Much of detailed patient’s information is embedded in narrative documents in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) systems, making it difficult to use in clinical research and practice. This presentation will describe our recent development of CLAMP (Clinical language annotation, modeling, and processing), a comprehensive clinical natural language processing (NLP) system, which provides not only high-performance NLP components, but also a user-friendly interface for building customized NLP pipelines. In addition, advanced algorithms behind CLAMP and diverse use cases of CLAMP will also be discussed.

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Hua Xu, PhD
Robert H. Graham Professor
CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research
Director, Center for Computational Biomedicine
School of Biomedical Informatics
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Short Bio:

Dr. Hua Xu is Robert H. Graham Professor at the School of Biomedical Informatics in The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He directs the Center for Computational Biomedicine at UTHealth. Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University in 2008. His primary research interests include biomedical natural language processing and data mining. He was the Chair of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Natural Language Processing (NLP) Working Group in 2013-2014. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers and has been principal investigator on a number of grants, including multiple R01s from NIH. In 2014, Dr. Xu has been elected as a fellow to the American College of Medical Informatics.