Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 5, March 16, 2012

Web Scientists Participate in Conference on Computation in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Joanne Luciano, Web scientist and research associate professor in the Tetherless World Constellation, was the co-chair for the 2012 Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS) conference held Feb. 22-24 in Boston. The conference focused on the use of semantic web technologies in the pharmaceutical industry and academic research labs.

“The conference is the only one of its kind directly focused on improving healthcare and the life sciences through smart technologies, with an emphasis on application to ‘Big Data,’ ” Luciano said. “We were very proud to once again be in a leadership role at this conference to continue to enhance the capabilities and progress of healthcare and medicine.”

Semantic web technology provides additional meaning to computational data, allowing for better and more meaningful links between data. Semantically enabled data can be more easily searched, cited, analyzed, and modeled, according to the scientists within the Tetherless World Constellation.

“The pharmaceutical industry could greatly benefit from semantic technologies,” Luciano said. “The data these semantic systems can provide could improve drug safety and performance and create shorter drug development timelines. These are the reasons we started this conference.”

The conference included a full-day tutorial led by web scientists in the Rensselaer constellation. The tutorial focused on the basics of semantic technologies and how to build simple semantic applications. There were also several keynotes from top computer scientists working in the healthcare arena, technology talks, and other presentations. Topics ranged from linked data and modeling to the use of semantics in medical diagnoses.

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Volume 6, Number 5, March 16, 2012
©2012 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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