PhD Scholarship in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies, RMIT University, Australia
The Australian Research Council Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies, a research partnership between IBM Research Australia, the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, and other industry and university partners, is offering PhD scholarships in topics aligned with the training centre's themes.
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A PhD Scholarship is being offered at RMIT University to work with its Information Retrieval group, in collaboration with IBM Research Australia and the University of Melbourne staff, on the topic of:
Context-specific Clinical Decision Support Leveraging Clinical Practice Guidelines.
This PhD project will focus on identification of relevant clinical guidelines for a given clinical situation. In particular, the emphasis of the project will be to explore methods from information retrieval and natural language processing to identify key clinical practice guidelines to guide clinical decision making. It will require some modelling of the typical clinical decision-making process and understanding of key decision points in clinical care, in order to align clinical situations to particular steps or stages in a clinical guideline. It will explore the required depth of analysis of guidelines relative to the clinical situation – is it sufficient to retrieve a complete guideline, or do specific paragraphs or sentences need to be identified? How important is presentation of the background evidence in the published literature to support the clinical decision?
If suitable clinical data sets can be identified, the project will also consider how to use clinical data from medical consultations to trigger identification of a relevant clinical guideline at a relevant moment in a patient interaction, to support clinical decision making.
The suitable candidate will have a BSc (Hons) or MSc degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, or related fields, with good coursework results, evidence of strong capacity for research, and good English skills.
This project will be based at RMIT University, working directly with Associate Professor Lawrence Cavedon and will also benefit from the context of the Information Retrieval group at RMIT University (including Prof. Mark Sanderson and Assoc Profs Falk Scholer and Shane Culpepper) and the Natural Language Processing group at the University of Melbourne (including training centre Director Professor Tim Baldwin, Deputy Director Professor Karin Verspoor, and Associate Professor Trevor Cohn) and their existing students and research fellows.