The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Division of Biomedical Engineering

Joint CSE-BME Seminar

Title: Use of Ontologies in Biomedicine
Date: August 19, 2016 (Friday)
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Room 121, 1/F, Ho Sin-hang Engineering Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, N.T.
Speaker: Prof. Kei-Hoi Cheung
Department of Emergency Medicine
Yale University



With the rapid growth of biomedical data including molecular data and electronic health record, it is important to integrate such diverse data to facilitate translational research. Ontologies provide a semantic and machine-readable way to standardize, annotate, and integrate a variety of types of biomedical data. In this talk, a spectrum of use cases will be presented to demonstrate how ontologies can be used to achieve these goals in different biomedical domains. These use cases represent a wide range of collaborative projects at Yale, Veteran Health Administration and consortia supported by the National Institutes of Health.



Dr Kei-Hoi Cheung is currently a professor at the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Cheung is also affiliated with the Yale Center for Medical Informatics. Dr. Cheung has distinguished himself as a researcher and educator in the field of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Cheung has forged productive collaborations with different bioscience researchers at Yale, in which his contributions include the development of complex databases and informatics tools that are critical for the research projects being performed. He has established a broad base of collaborations with faculty in different departments at Yale, including Genetics, Pathology, Computer Science, Biostatistics, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Biology. He is currently Director of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core of the Yale/NIDA Proteomics Center, focused on collaborative informatics support of neuroproteomics research at Yale.

Dr. Cheung's research interests include the semantic web using ontologies to integrate life science data and tools, and is co-editor of two books for Springer-Verlag titled: "Semantic Web: Revolutionizing Knowledge Discovery in the Life Sciences" and "Semantic e-Science", respectively. Dr. Cheung also led the BioRDF task force (2008-2010) of the Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group. In addition, Dr. Cheung has been engaged in natural language processing (NLP) projects in annotating, extracting and retrieving information from clinical text as part of the Veteran Administration (VA) electronic medical records.


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