Zhe He (何辙), PhD, MS 
[Pronounced as "Juh Huh"; "Zhe" is similar to "Germany" without "many"]
Assistant Professor, School of Information
College of Communication and Information
Core Affiliate, Institute for Successful Longevity
Florida State University

271 Louis Shores Building
142 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee FL, 32306
Office: 850.644.5775
Email: zhe.he AT cci.fsu.edu OR zhe AT fsu.edu

Call for Papers:
  • The 2nd International Workshop on Semantics-Powered Data Analytics, in conjunction with 2017 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM 2017) (Deadline: 9/27/2017)
    • All the accepted papers (both SHORT and FULL) will be published in BIBM 2017 Proceedings; Selected FULL paper will be published in the supplement of BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making (IF: 2.042, Indexed in SCIE, MEDLINE, and PMC, Subject to an article processing charge of £1,122). Selected high quality short papers will also be invited to submit an extended version to the journal supplement for consideration. 
    • Note: If a FULL paper is selected for possible journal publication, the authors will be asked to shorten their workshop paper to 4 pages to be published in the BIBM 2017 proceedings and submit the journal version after the workshop. The authors can still choose to publish their full papers in the conference proceedings.  However, the authors will NOT be eligible to publish in the journal supplement due to journal’s self-plagiarism concern.
  • Special Issue "Natural Language Processing Empowered Mobile Computing (NLPMC)" of Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing (SCIE IF: 1.899) is calling for papers (Deadline: 01/26/2018): Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
    • NLP techniques for the personalization of mobile users
    • NLP empowered mobile applications
    • NLP assisted information extraction and retrieval for mobile environment
    • NLP assisted information aggregation, abstraction, and summarization for mobile environment
    • NLP solutions for capturing mobile users’ interests
    • Question answering technologies for smart environment
    • NLP systems for mobile environment
    • NLP techniques for mobile health
    • Smart solutions for semantic understanding
    • Case studies, field trials, and research projects on NLP enhanced systems for mobile environment
    • Machine learning models for NLP in mobile environments
    • Research trends and challenges in NLP empowered mobile services

Dr. Zhe He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the Florida State University (Florida's iSchool) and a Core Affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity.

Before joining FSU, Dr. He was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist (2014-2015) in the Department of Biomedical informatics at Columbia Universityworking with Dr. Chunhua Weng.  In his postdoctoral research, he has developed methods for assessing the collective population representativeness of clinical studies with the goal of improving the transparency of study generalizability to the real-world population. 

He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology (2009-2014). He worked with Dr. James Geller and Dr. Yehoshua Perl in the Structural Analysis of Biomedical Ontologies Center (SABOC). His doctoral thesis introduced a set of quality assurance methodologies for controlled terminologies and ontologies, e.g., Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)SNOMED CT, and domain ontologies in BioPortal

As the first author, he has published in leading biomedical informatics journals such as Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, and mainstream informatics conferences such as American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium, and World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics (MEDINFO). His papers were nominated as Student Paper Award of AMIA 2015 Summit on Clinical Research Informatics and MEDINFO 2015. His AMIA 2013 paper was selected as the representative paper on "biomedical ontologies" in the "Informatics Year In Review". He is a recipient of the Distinguished Paper Award of AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium. 

During his PhD studies, he was inducted into Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Graduate and Professional Honor SocietyHe received his MS from Columbia University and his BS from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, both in Computer Science. 

In his spare time, Zhe is interested in photography and traveling. This is his Photography Studio Website.

Research Interests

Dr. He has broad interests in biomedical and health informatics, clinical research informatics, knowledge discovery, knowledge representation, and
 ontology-enhanced data analytics. The overarching goal of his research is to improve the population health and advance biomedical research through the collection, analysis, and application of data.

On the foundational track, he is developing semantic and structural methods to enhance controlled terminologies/ontologies and improve their utility in natural language processing, clinical decision support, data analytics, and electronic health records. He is also interested in ontological knowledge bases. On the application track,  he has been developing novel data-driven methods and tools to assess the generalizability of clinical studies using the electronic data in clinical trial registries, public patient databases, and clinical data warehouses. His research aims to improve the representation of underserved population subgroups in clinical studies such as older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Another line of his research is to bridge the terminology gap between health information consumers and health professionals. His research is currently funded by AmazonFSU Council on Research and Creativity, and Institute for Successful Longevity

Dr. He has published in the following topics:
  • Quality assurance of biomedical ontologies (e.g, domain ontologies in BioPortal)
  • Quality assurance of controlled vocabularies (e.g., SNOMED CT, UMLS)
  • Data-driven conceptual content enrichment for ontologies/terminologies (e.g., SNOMED CT, NCIt)
  • Clinical trial generalizability assessment and improvement
  • Consumer Health Vocabulary
Selected Publications (All Publications)
Clinical Research Informatics
Quality Assurance of Biomedical Terminologies / Ontologies
Consumer Health Informatics
  • Zhe He*, Zhiwei Chen, Sanghee Oh, Jinghui Hou, and Jiang Bian. Enriching consumer health vocabulary through mining a social Q&A site: a similarity-based approach.  Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 2017;69:75-85. PMID: 28359728 (SCI, Impact Factor: 2.75, 5-Year Impact Factor: 3.23) [PubMed] [ScienceDirect] [PDF]

  • Min Sook Park, Zhe He*Zhiwei Chen, Sanghee Oh, and Jiang Bian. Consumer's Use of UMLS Concepts on Social Media: Diabetes-Related Textual Data Analysis in Blog and Social Q&A SitesJMIR Medical Informatics. 2016; 4(4):e41. PMID: 27884812 (Park MS and He Z are equal-contribution first authors) [JMIR] [PDF]
Selected Honors and Awards