Thesis Defense: Leveraging Structure and Knowledge in Clinical and Biomedical Representation Learning

Speaker: Matthew B. A. McDermott , MIT, CSAIL

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Event Type: Thesis Defense

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Host: Matthew B. A. McDermott, MIT, CSAIL

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Doctoral Thesis: Leveraging Structure and Knowledge in Clinical and Biomedical Representation Learning

Datasets in the machine learning for health and biomedicine domain are often noisy, irregularly sampled, only sparsely labeled, and small relative to the dimensionality of the both the data and the tasks. These problems motivate the use of representation learning in this domain, which are a suite of techniques designed to produce representations of a dataset that are amenable to downstream modelling tasks. Representation learning in this domain can also take advantage of the significant external knowledge in the biomedical domain. In this thesis, I will explore novel pre-training and representation learning strategies for biomedical data which leverage external structure or knowledge to inform learning at both local and global scales. These techniques will be explored in 4 chapters: (1) leveraging unlabeled data to infer distributional constraints in a semi-supervised learning setting; (2) using graph convolutional neural networks over gene-gene co-regulatory networks to improve modelling of gene expression data; (3) adapting pre-training techniques from natural language processing to electronic health record data, and showing that novel methods are needed for electronic health record timeseries data; and (4) asserting global structure in pre-training applications through structure-preserving pre-training.

Research Areas:
AI & Machine Learning, Computational Biology

Impact Areas:
Health Care

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Created by Matthew B.A. McDermott Email at Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 12:41 PM.