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Benjamin Marlin leads national symposium on machine learning and big data for health

Assistant Professor Benjamin Marlin served as the general co-chair of the symposium on Meaningful Use of Complex Medical Data (MUCMD) held on Aug 7-8 at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The symposium, founded in 2011, brings together machine learning and artificial intelligence researchers, experts on big data, healthcare providers, and medical researchers. "By bringing members of the computer science and medical communities together," Marlin says, "we're actively fostering collaborations that we hope will lead to advances in data analytics, clinical decision support, and knowledge discovery from complex medical data."

Marlin, who was invited to speak at the meeting in 2012 and 2013, served as general co-chair this year along with Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, who directs the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Informatics Research Division at Vanderbilt University. Prof. Carla Brodley, dean of the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern and a UMass Amherst CS alum (Ph.D. '94), serves on the symposium's organizing committee along with senior computer science and medical school faculty from Johns Hopkins, USC, MIT, Vanderbilt, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.