Virtual Undergrad Town Hall: Exploring NLP Techniques to Help Build Medical Decision Support Systems
July 26, 2018
Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall
Finding Your Place in Research, NLP Techniques, Sanjana Sahayaraj
Speaker: Sanjana Sahayaraj
Research Presentation: Exploring NLP Techniques to Help Build Medical Decision Support Systems
Natural Language Processing research is intense. But there’s still a lot of gaps that need to be filled and automated techniques that need to be developed when it comes to processing textual data generated during medical treatments. Examples of such documents are discharge summaries, pathological reports, etc., and we still need to develop robust techniques to extract useful information from these documents to arrive at useful answers and insights. These insights can in turn help doctors plan their course of action and make decisions.
Mentor Presentation: Finding and Holding Your Place in Research
Each of us at some point as a girl in CS or a person with a different background entering CS or as a comparatively inexperienced person in academia has felt like maybe this is not meant for us. But we can come out of that line of thought by drawing inspiration from other women who’ve been there or even from your inner voice telling you that there’s always a first time for a good deed. You don’t have to fit into one of the predefined molds. Instead, assess your strengths and weaknesses to create your own unique place in academia or industry and hold on to it by contributing to the world in your style.
Post-Discussion Chat: Join Sanjana Sahayaraj & Sheila Castaneda for a chat to continue the discussion about finding your place, meet fellow students, and share your experiences.
Join us July 26th at 5:00pm ET
Speaker: Sanjana Sahayaraj
Sanjana is a second year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at University of California, Santa Barbara, advised by Prof. Linda Petzold. Before joining her Ph.D. program, Sanjana completed her Bachelor’s at SSN College of Engineering under Anna University in Chennai, India. Sanjana’s been interested in medicine and it’s applications since middle school, and developed a love for computers and was appraised of being good with them around 8th grade. In high school, she was a biology and math double major to get the best of both worlds. But when it came to choosing a college (engineering school and medical school are never in the same campus in India), she chose an engineering college and enrolled in Computer Science. She struggled in the first two semesters, since she was competing against students who had majored in CS in high school and had great programming skills and not just math, but caught on soon and was able to start working on projects applying her CS knowledge to medical data. Her interest is ongoing and she does health data science research at UCSB supervised by Prof. Linda. Sanjana’s current research has been about Natural Language Processing techniques applied to clinical / medical data. Apart from research, she also does photography with heart and diligence.
Sheila Castañeda, Professor at Clarke University
Sheila Castañeda is Professor Emerita in the Computer Science Department at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, where she taught from 1980-2014. Her main areas of interest and teaching responsibility are in database systems and programming languages.
She received her master of science degree in computer science from the College of Wisconsin – Madison in 1979. She is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). Away from the office, she enjoys gardening, baking, traveling and spending time with her family.
All are welcome to participate.
Please join the webinar 15 minutes before the presentation begins to ensure you do not miss any valuable information. The webinar will last one hour and will be immediately followed by a 30-minute chat between attendees and the speaker.
The event is broken into five sections:
- Sanjana Sahayaraj presents on Presentation: Exploring NLP Techniques to Help Build Medical Decision Support Systems
- Open Q&A
- Sanjana Sahayaraj discusses Finding and Holding Your Place in Research
- Open Q&A
- Interactive chat forum with Sanjana Sahayaraj and attendees
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