Doctoral Symposium Talk: Serena Jeblee

Abstract: Serena Jeblee's (University of Toronto, Expected Aug 2020) research focuses on clinical natural language processing (NLP), with a special focus on the extraction of a normalized Cause of Death (CoD) from verbal autopsy reports. This research would be especially impactful in low to middle income countries, where verbal autopsy reports are common, and physical autopsies or medically certified causes of death are less common. Serena approaches this problem by first extracting a temporally ordered list of symptoms from the verbal autopsy report, then uses these to construct a more accurate assessment of the overall CoD diagnosis. Serena's other work focuses on other clinical NLP tasks, including automatic extraction of pertinent information from provider-patient dialogs.

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