Congratulations to UW Computer Science and BMI faculty member Jude Shavlik and his students Anjali Narayan-Chen and Liqi Xu (TeamWisc) for winning 3rd prize in the Angry Birds Artificial Intelligence Competition. Contestants created AI software that learned to play the angry birds game. TeamWisc placed 3rd out of 19 teams from around the world. They were the only team to represent the United States. The software is written in Java using the Google Chrome version of Angry Birds. As stated in this Cap Times Article TeamWisc pulled ahead as their version of the software used an algorithm that scoped out the area around the pigs and learned that if all the pigs were destroyed they had a good hit and if they missed it was bad as valuable means in predicting future outcomes on higher game levels. None of the programs were able to beat the human competitors, but programmers had fun trying. Participating in the competition is a vehicle for getting young scientists excited about AI concepts. Artificial Intelligence software developed in the BMI Department are used for medical research to model diseases and help doctors predict patient results.
David L. DeMets, Ph.D., Max Halperin Professor of Biostatistics--and former Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics--is a newly elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues facing the U.S. population. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. The Institute of Medicine is unique in its structure as both an honorific membership and an advisory organization. This is a very well deserved recognition of Dr. Demet's many years of research and service in many areas of biomedical science, but especially of his seminal contributions to the area of clinical trials methodology. Congratulations, Dave!
BMI student Jeremy Weiss won an award for the best plenary presentation at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) 2013 Informatics Training Conference at the University of Utah in June. The NLM supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees in biomedical informatics at 20 educational institutions throughout the United States. The annual conference bring these trainees together to showcase their work and to meet their peers. Jeremy is an MD/PhD student working with BMI Professor David Page. His presentation, entitled "Multiplicative-Forest Continuous-Time Disease Prediction from EHRs", described his research in developing new machine-learning methods to induce predictive models from electronic health records.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Vikas Singh for his receipt of a new NSF CAREER Award. The award is a strong recognition of Vikas' accomplishments as an expert in medical image analysis. His project will develop new computer vision methods for representation and analysis of structural and functional neuroimaging data for identifying weak group level differences in the small sample size regime. Potential applications include early diagnosis of neurological disorders as well as evaluating effects of novel interventional procedures.
We are delighted to introduce Sandeep Saha who has just joined our Department as an Assistant Researcer/biostatistician. He will be working with Menggang Yu, KyungMann Kim and the rest of the UWCCC Biostatistics Shared Resource team. He will also be working with Rick Chappell and researchers in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Sandeep recently completed a MS in Biostatistics from Western Michigan University. Previously he received a B.Sc Hons in Biotechnology from the University of Toronto, and a post-graduate diploma in Clinical Research. His work experience includes work as a clinical research coordinator for industry studies, including investigator driven trials. Sandeep is a wonderful addition to our Biostatistics group and we are thrilled that he is here.
Professor KyungMann Kim was elected President of the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) on May 2013. The Society for Clinical Trials "was created in 1978 and is an international professional organization dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge about the design, conduct and analysis of government and industry-sponsored clinical trials and related health care research methodologies." We would like to congratulate KyungMann and thank him for his service in this role!
2013 Student Award Winners
BMI student Jeremy Weiss (advisor, David Page) won a best plenary presentation award at the National Library of Medicine 2013 Informatics Training Conference for his talk entitled "Multiplicative-Forest Continuous-Time Disease Prediction from EHRs".
2012 Student Award Winners
Ning Leng, PhD student advised by Christina Kendziorsi, was selected as one of ten students to represent UW-Madison in the HHMI competition.
Yunzhi Lin, PhD student advised by Professor Rick Chappell, has won the 2012 American Statistical Association's Statistical Computing and Graphics Section student travel award. Yunzhi will present her material on selecting cancer staging systems at the Joint Statistical Meetings this summer in San Diego, with registration and travel paid for by the ASA.
Yunzhi Lin, PhD student advised by Professor Rick Chappell, has an International Society for Clinical Biostatistics award in 2012 for her paper tilted "Advanced Colorectal Neoplasia Risk Stratification by Penalized Logistic Regression".
2010 Student Award Winners
Peihua Qiu (Brian Yandell, advisor) was named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) at an induction ceremony on August 10, 2010, at the IMS Annual Meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Seungbong Han, Ph.D. student, for being the recipient of a student travel award to attend the 2010 International Society Clinical Biostatistics meeting in Montpellier, France. His manuscript entitled "Semiparametric modeling of doubly censored data with an application to prostate cancer", is co-authored with his co-advisors, Adin-Cristian Andrei and Kam-Wah Tsui.
Seungbong Han, Ph.D. student, for being the recipient of one of the three 2010 "Sylvan B. Green" student paper awards from the Society for Clinical Trials. His manuscript entitled "A novel semiparametric method for modeling interval-censored data", is co-authored with his co-advisors, Adin-Cristian Andrei and Kam-Wah Tsui.
2008 Student Award Winners
Ben Haaland won a student travel award for the 2008 Spring Research Conference on Statistics in Industry and Technology.
Kevin Eng (advisors Sunduz Keles and Grace Wahba) won an ENAR 2008 Student Travel Award for his paper entitled "A Linear mixed model for multi-species time course gene expression data".
Bo Huang (advisor, Rick Chappell): won a 2008 ENAR student travel award for his paper "Three-dose cohort designs in cancer phase I trials".
2007 Student Award Winners
Pei-Fen Kuan and Hyonho Chun (advisor Sunduz Keles), second prize winners for their poster "CMARRT: A tool for the analysis of ChIP-chip data from tiling arrays by incorporating the correlation structure" at the first Midwest Symposium of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (MSCBB), October 6, 2007 Evanston, IL.
2006 Student Award Winners
Team of Hyonho Chun and S. H. Cho First Prize winners in the DataExpo 2006 Competition at JSM 2006.
Meng Chen (Christina Kendziorski, advisor) won a 2006 ENAR student travel award for her paper "Interval Mapping for Expression Quantitative Trait Loci".
Rui Song (Michael Kosorok, advisor) won a 2006 ENAR student travel award for her paper "A Sample Size Formula for Recurrent Events Data Using Robust Log-rank Statistics".
Xiaodan Wei (Rick Chappell, advisor) won a 2006 ENAR student travel award for her paper "A Test for Non-inferiority with a Mixed Multiplicative/Additive Null Hypothesis".
Fan Lu (Grace Wahba, advisor) is a winner of the the ASA Section on Statistical Computing 2006 Student Paper Competition, for his paper "Kernel Reglarization and Dimension Reduction".
Xiaodan Wei (advisor Rick Chappell), Society for Clinical Trials Student Scholarship Award, and winner of "Thomas Chalmers" award for best paper.
2004 Student Award Winners
John Carew (advisors Grace Wahba and Beth Meyerand): Student travel award to present Carew, Dalal, Wahba, and Fain, "Estimating Arterial Wall Shear Stress" at ISMRM12, Kyoto, Japan, 2004.
Deepayan Sarkar (Advisor Douglas Bates) ASA Chambers Award, 2004: This award is made possible by a donation from Dr. John M. Chambers. The award is given to students with outstanding contributions to statistical software.
Ming Yuan (Advisors Grace Wahba and Yi Lin, paper co-written by Christina Kendziorski) has won the ENAR John Van Ryzin Student Paper Award, 2004: "Hidden Markov Models for Microarray Time Course Data in Multiple Biological Conditions".
Stephen Stanhope (Michael Newton-Advisor): paper entitled "Evolution Strategies for Multivariate-to-Anything Partially Specified Random Vector Generation" has been accepted for presentation at the 2004 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation and for publication in the conference proceedings published annually by IEEE. See http://www.cec2004.org/.
2003 Student Award Winners
Yoonkyung Lee (Supervisor Grace Wahba): Best Student Poster award at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography Session for the paper "Classification of Satellite Radiance Data by Multicategory Support Vector Machines". Paper authored by Yoonkyung Lee, Grace Wahba and Steven A. Ackerman.
Yuan Ji (Supervisor KyungMann Kim): Charles Sampson Poster Award at the 25th annual Midwest Biopharmaceutical Statistics Workshop, 2002.
David Todem (Advisor KyungMann Kim): NSF Award to participate in the conference on "Designs for generalized linear models", organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Githersburg, MD, 2002.
David Todem (Advisor KyungMann Kim): Student Paper Travel Award from the NSF and Case Western Reserve.
2002 Student Award Winners
University for a Workshop on "Developments and challenges in mixture models, bump hunting and measurement errors models", held in Cleveland, OH, 2002.
David Todem (supervisor KyungMann Kim), ENAR Student Award, 2002: "Latent-class models for longitudinal data with bivariate ordinal outcomes", Meeting held in Arlington, VA, March 17-20, 2002.
Yuan Ji (supervisor KyungMann Kim), ENAR Student Travel Award, 2002.
David Todem (supervisor KyungMann Kim), R. L. Anderson Student Paper Award, presented by the SRCOS/ASA (Summer Research Conference on Statistics and the American Statistical Association) in St. Augustine, Florida, June 5, 2001.
2001 Student Award Winners
Fei Zou (supervisor Jason Fine and Brian Yandell), David P. Byar Investigator Award from the Biometrics Section of the American Statistical Association, 2001.
Peter Hoff (supervisor Michael Newton), Leonard J. Savage Thesis Award for outstanding theoretical contributions to Bayesian Econometrics and Statistics, 2001.
2000 Student Award Winners
Lyndia Brumback (supervisor Mary Lindstrom), University of Florida Symposium on Selected Topics in Variance Components Analysis Travel Award, 2000.
Frank X. Fan (supervisor David DeMets), Society for Clinical Trials Student Scholarship Award, 2000.
Hongyu Jiang (supervisor Rick Chappell and Jason Fine), Society for Clinical Trials Student Scholarship Award, 2000.
Josh Y. Chen (supervisor David DeMets), ENAR Student Travel Award, 2000.
Frank X. Fan (supervisor David DeMets), ENAR Student Travel Award, 2000.
Hongyu Jiang (supervisor Rick Chappell), ENAR Student Travel Award, 2000.
1999 Student Award Winners
Muhammad Jalaluddin (supervisor Michael Kosorok), ASA Statistical Computing Section, Best Paper Award, 1999.
Ken Y.K. Cheung (supervisor Rick Chappell), ENAR Student Travel Award, 1999.
Peter Hoff (supervisor Michael Newton), ASA Statistical Computing Section, Best Paper Award, 1999.
1997 Student Award Winners
Yuedong Wang (supervisor Grace Wahba), David P. Byar Young Investigator Award presented by the Biometrics Section of the ASA for the best paper by a young investigator presented at the annual Joint Statistical Meetings, 1997.
Wei Pan (supervisor Rick Chappell), ENAR Student Travel Award, 1997.
1996 Student Award Winners
Bob Mau (supervisor Michael Newton), ASA Statistical Computing Section, Best Paper Award, 1996.
Bruce Craig (supervisor Michael Newton), ENAR Student Travel Award, 1996.
1995 Student Award Winners
Stephen Gange (supervisor David DeMets) ENAR Student Travel Award, 1995.