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When: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm
Location:Zoom webinar
Contact:Office of the Dean of Science,, 613-520-4388

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Matthew Holden, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science

About the speaker

Dr. Holden is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carleton University. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA). He completed my PhD (2018) and MSc (2014) in Computing at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). He received my BScH (2012) in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Western University (London, Canada). His primary research interest is in Surgical Data Science.

Improving Patient Outcomes in Surgery Using Machine Learning

Optimizing patient outcomes is the primary goal of surgery. As modern technology, instruments, and sensors are incorporated into surgical practice, data-driven analysis becomes an avenue to further improve outcomes. Due to the diversity in disease, patients, and surgical techniques, however, it is essential that methods incorporate domain knowledge to increase robustness. In this talk, Prof. Holden will discuss the integration of machine learning on time series with surgical domain knowledge to improve surgery and surgical training. In particular, he will discuss how modern approaches to surgical data science facilitate: (1) real-time decision support in the operating room, (2) objective evaluation of different surgical approaches or technologies, (3) performance assessment and coaching, and (4) increased efficiency or reduced cost of surgery.

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