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All seminars are held at the University Center Tower 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor (UCT E-612 & E-614), Houston, TX 77030 at 12 p.m. (noon) CST.

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Date Speaker Topic
Sept. 02 James Lewis Perceived Usability: Usefulness and measurement
Sept. 09 Hashim Al-Mubaid Gene mutation disease relationship and functional characterization with computational methods
Sept. 16 Laila Gindy Bekhet Med-BERT: pre-trained contextualized embeddings on large-scale structured electronic health records for disease prediction
Sept. 23 Harold Lehmann Data and Software Quality in the National COVID Cohort Collaborative
Sept. 30 Mary Boland Developing Informatics Methods to Study Maternal and Child Health Outcomes and their Environmental Contributions
Oct. 07 Yuqi Si Patient Representation Learning to Enhance Clinical Decision Support
Oct. 14 Harold Thimbleby Digital Theater / Calling out seductive digital systems that don't work when they hit reality
Oct. 21 Maryam Garza Determining the Utility of HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Standards in Supporting EHR- and EDC-agnostic eSource Implementations for Clinical Research
Oct. 28 Rebecca Lunstroth / Susan Fenton AI Ethics
Nov. 04 Yi-Ching Tang Explainable Drug Sensitivity Prediction through Cancer Pathway Enrichment Scores
Nov. 11 Amy Franklin, et al. COVID-19 Panel
Nov. 18 Xiao Dong COVID-19 TestNorm - A Tool to Normalize COVID-19 Testing Names to LOINC Codes
Nov. 18 Xinyuan Zhang Ontological Computer-aided Diagnosis for Skin Diseases
Nov. 25   Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 02 Sarvesh Soni/ Roni Matin Question Answering from Electronic Health Records / Identifying the Risks for Anchoring Bias during Emergency Department Transitions of Care
Dec. 09 Surabhi Datta/Jingqi Wang Spatial Information Extraction from Radiology Reports / Concept Normalization for Biomedical Text