Mathematical Biology and Ecology seminars take place in room L3 of the Mathematical Institute from 2-3pm on Fridays of odd weeks in full term. You can also join us afterwards for "tea and cakes" at 3pm in the Mathematical Institute Common Room.

A sister seminar series, organised by the Computational Biology Group, takes place in Room L3  of the Mathematical Institute from 2-3pm on Fridays of even weeks in full term.


Professor Mihaela van der Schaar

Current medical practice is driven by the experience of clinicians, by the difficulties of integrating enormous amounts of complex and heterogeneous static and dynamic data and by clinical guidelines designed for the “average” patient. In this talk, I will describe some of my research on developing novel, specially-crafted machine learning theories, methods and systems aimed at extracting actionable intelligence from the wide variety of information that is becoming available (in electronic health records and elsewhere) and enabling every aspect of medical care to be personalized to the patient at hand. Because of the unique and complex characteristics of medical data and medical questions, many familiar machine-learning methods are inadequate.  My work therefore develops and applies novel machine learning theory and methods to construct risk scores, early warning systems and clinical decision support systems for screening and diagnosis and for prognosis and treatment.  This work achieves enormous improvements over current clinical practice and over existing state-of-the-art machine learning methods.  By design, these systems are easily interpretable and so allow clinicians to extract from data the necessary knowledge and representations to derive data-driven medical epistemology and to permit easy adoption in hospitals and clinical practice. My team has collaborated with researchers and clinicians in oncology, emergency care, cardiology, transplantation, internal medicine, etc. You can find more information about our past research in this area at:

  • Mathematical Biology and Ecology Seminar