Symposium

IACS SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF COMPUTATION IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

The Digital Doctor: Health Care in an Age of AI and Big Data


Tuesday, January 16, 2018
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Harvard University Science Center, Hall B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Medicine and health care, like other aspects of life in the 21st century, are being reshaped by computational science, big data, and information technology. Given gigabytes of personal genomic data, therapies can be tailored to the individual patient and the individual disease. Standardized electronic health records create an information resource that improves decision making in the doctor’s office and also sheds light on health status across entire populations. Machine learning and artificial intelligence may soon augment the physician’s diagnostic skills. As these innovations promise to improve health and prolong lives, however, they also raise sticky economic and ethical questions. Many new medical interventions come at a fabulous price; can we assure equitable access to them? How do we preserve privacy and personal dignity when the “healing arts” become a high-tech enterprise? This symposium will explore these questions and more.


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Catherine Chute, Assistant Dean for Professional Programs and Executive Director for the Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Francesca Dominici, Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative, Harvard University
Brian Hayes, Senior Writer for American Scientist; Associate in Computer Science, Harvard University; & Y Combinator Research Fellow
Isaac Samuel Kohane, Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics & Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Pavlos Protopapas, Scientific Program Director & Lecturer in Computation, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Margo Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science & Director for the Center for Research on Computation and Society, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

SCHEDULE

8:30 AM Coffee
9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction
9:15 AM Title: “Reinforcement Learning in Healthcare: Challenges and Promise"
Presenter: Finale Doshi-Velez, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University
9:55 AM Title: "The Algorithm for Precision Medicine"
Presenter: Matt Might, Director of the Hugh Kaul Personalized Medicine Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham
10:35 AM Coffee Break
10:55 AM   Title: "Optimizing the patient journey with AI"
Presenter: John Brownstein, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School & Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children's Hospital
11:35 AM Title: "Phenomics is the New Genomics"
Presenter: Marzyeh Ghassemi, Visiting Researcher at Google's Verily & MIT CSAIL Post Doctoral Fellow
12:15 PM Lunch (not provided)
2:00 PM   Title: "Challenges and Opportunities for Machine Learning in Cancer Immunotherapy"
Presenter: Jennifer Chayes, Managing Director, Microsoft New England Research and New York City
2:40 PM Title: “Deciphering the Dynamics of the Anesthetized Brain: A Case Study in Statistical and Mathematical Modeling"
Presenter: Emery Brown, Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and of Computational Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3:20 PM Coffee Break
3:45 PM Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges
Moderator: Margo Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science & Director for the Center for Research on Computation and Society, Harvard University
Participants: Emery Brown, John Brownstein, Finale Doshi-Velez, Maryzheh Ghassemi, and Matt Might
4:30 PM Closing Remarks