Lawrence Hunter

Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine / Professor at George Mason University
Lawrence Hunter

Lawrence Hunter

Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Lawrence E. Hunter is a Professor and Director of the Center for Computational Pharmacology and of the Computational Bioscience Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is an internationally known scholar, focused on computational biology, knowledge-driven extraction of information from the primary biomedical literature, the semantic integration of knowledge resources in molecular biology, and the use of knowledge in the analysis of high-throughput data, as well as for his foundational work in computational biology, which led to the genesis of the major professional organization in the field and two international conferences.



Knowledge-based Biomedical Data Science


Knowledge-based biomedical Data Science involves the design and implementation of computer systems that act as if they knew about biomedicine. There are many ways in which a computational approach might act as if it knew something: for example, it might be able to answer a natural language question about a biomedical topic, or pass an exam; it might be able to use existing biomedical knowledge to rank or evaluate hypotheses; it might explain or interpret data in light of prior knowledge, either in a Bayesian or other sort of framework. These are all examples of automated reasoning that act on computational representations of knowledge. After a brief survey of existing approaches to knowledge-based data science, I will describe some recent results from my laboratory involving comparison of alternative approaches to knowledge graph construction, vector space embeddings derived from knowledge graphs, and the use of knowledge graphs to elucidate molecular features implicit in electronic health records.

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