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The Institute of Technology at the University of Washington, Tacoma, provides focus for the rapid development of high-technology academic programs which serve the needs of the state of Washington. Launched in 2001, the Institute has supported the community by building facilities, classrooms and labs. Through innovative partnerships with area companies, internships and funded research projects, Institute students gain real world experience to tackle the challenges of a continually evolving industry.

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HealthScope++: A Data Scientist's Microscope for (hopefully healthy) Health Outcomes and Other Stories

Ankur Teredesai, Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma, presents at UW Data Science Center February 11, 2015

As the increasing availability of digital health records should ideally improve accountability in care, a principled study of predictive modeling of healthcare risks and associated costs is fundamentally needed at both the population- and individual patient-level. This talk will have two parts. We will first present a data scientist's deep-dive perspective on challenges faced and how they were addressed while working with multiple healthcare industry partners on real-world healthcare data, both claims and clinical. We will discuss and demonstrate prototypes of our solutions for cost prediction and risk-of-readmission care management, and how we leveraged big data machine learning frameworks. The second part will be a short overview of other efforts for social good at the Center for Data Science; each a story in its own.
Ankur M. Teredesai is a Professor of Computer Science & Systems, and Graduate Program Coordinator at the Institute of Technology, University of Washington Tacoma. He obtained a doctorate from SUNY, University at Buffalo in 2002. His research interests focus on data science principles for societal impact and social good. Apart from his academic appointments at RIT and within the University of Washington, Prof. Teredesai has significant industry experience, having held various positions at C-DAC Pune, Microsoft, IBM T.J. Watson Labs, and a variety of technology startups. He has published over 70 papers on data mining and machine learning, has managed large teams of data scientists/engineers, and deployed numerous data science solutions in various verticals (internet advertising, social networks, handwritten zip code recognizers, healthcare analytics). His recent applied research contributions include risk prediction for heart failure and ACO cost prediction in healthcare analytics, trust-enhanced recommendations, distributed data mining algorithms for big data, novelty detection in video, and dietary volume estimation, to name a few. Teredesai heads the UW Center for Data Science, and serves as the Information Officer for ACM SIGKDD (Special Interest Group in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining). He is currently an associate editor for ACM SIGKDD Explorations and has served on program committees of major international conferences in data mining, maching learning and related areas.
Please join us in congratulating Yiru Li, Sarah George, Craig Apfelbeck, Abdeltawab Hendawi, David Hazel, Ankur Teredesai and Mohamed Ali on winning the "Best Demo" award at the ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS Conference 2014  on the iTornado system. The paper is titled: “Routing Service With Real World Severe Weather” and presents a framework for routing services to evacuate vehicles under real world severe weather threats. The system is able to: (1) Identify the users inside the dangerous region of a severe weather event, (2) Recommend an evacuation route to guide the users out to a safe destination or shelter, (3) Assure the recommended route to be one of the shortest paths after excluding the risky area, and  (4) Maintain the flow of traffic by normalizing the evacuation on the possible safe routes.

For additional information, please visit the Geospatial Data Management page of the Center for Data Science:


Interim Director named at the Institute of Technology

Please join us in welcoming the Interim Director of the Institute of Technology, Dr. Raj Katti. Dr. Katti holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Washington State University. He came to us from North Dakota State University where he was the Department Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering. Last year he took over as the Chair of the Computer Engineering program at the Institute. His official start date as Interim Director will be on June 1, 2015.


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