Accepted Papers Available

The list of accepted papers has now been made available, together with an updated schedule.

Submission Deadline Extended

Due to requests the deadline to submit workshop papers has been extended to April 24th.

Submissions Open!

Workshop paper submissions are now being accepted. Submit your papers via easychair.

Workshop Date

The Workshop on Knowledge Discovery in Healthcare Data will take place on July 10th at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in New York City.

Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce the following keynote speakers will present their work at the workshop:

Ary L. Goldberger, M.D.

Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School

Director of the Rey Laboratory

Madalena Damásio Costa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Rosalind Picard, Sc.D., FIEEE

Co-founder, Chairman, Chief Scientist, Empatica, Inc.

Professor, Affective Computing, MIT Media Lab

Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research) at Stanford Univeristy

Suchi Saria

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins University


The goal of the first workshop on Knowledge Discovery in Healthcare Data is to foster discussion and present progress on research efforts that leverage large amounts of observational data (clinical, biological, physiological) to expedite discovery in medicine. The workshop is intended to encourage a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between medical researchers and the artificial intelligence community.

Healthcare datasets consisting of both structured and unstructured information provide a challenge for artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers seeking to extract knowledge from data. Rich healthcare datasets exist, including electronic medical records, large collections of complex physiological information, medical imaging data, genomics, as well as other socio-economic and behavioral data. In order to perform data-driven analysis or build causal models using these datasets, challenges need to be addressed, such as integrating multiple data types, dealing with missing data and handling irregularly sampled data. While these challenges need to be taken into account by researchers working with healthcare data, a larger problem involves how to best ensure the hypotheses posed and types of knowledge discoveries sought are relevant to the healthcare community. Clinical perspectives from medical care professionals are required to assure that advancements in healthcare data analysis results in positive impact to eventual point-of-care and outcome-based systems.

The process of discovery in medicine starts with a small set of observations and many pre-clinical and clinical trials on different patient population cohorts. Heterogeneous environments, uncertainties in original hypotheses, the passage of time and accumulating costs make medical discovery a complex process. An example of such a discovery is metabolic syndrome. The concept of metabolic syndrome evolved over 90 years to reach our current point of understanding. It is now known that the syndrome occurs as a cluster of metabolic and medical disorders, including obesity, impaired control of blood glucose, high levels of fat in the blood, and high blood pressure. The hope of knowledge discovery in healthcare data is to expedite such discoveries.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches hold the potential to reveal not readily apparent, hidden information in biological and medical healthcare datasets. The results of such discoveries can aid the development of novel diagnostic and prognostic tests, inform descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics and guide hypothesis generation. By combining advances in algorithmic and computational approaches together with perspectives from medical care professionals the hope of this workshop is to ensure advancements result in positive impact and relevance to the healthcare community.



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