8 October 2013

Professor Mathukumalli Vidyasagar delivers seminar on Machine Learning Methods in Cancer Biology

On 26th September we were extremely pleased to receive a visit from Professor Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, leading control theorist and a Fellow of Royal Society to Sheffield. He delivered a fantastic seminar on Machine Learning Methods in Cancer Biology to a very enthusiastic audience.

Mathukumalli Vidyasagar is currently Professor of Systems Biology Science at the University of Texas in Dallas. His interests are in stochastic processes, and applications of engineering methods to cancer biology. He has published 10 books and about 140 papers in journals and received a number of honors in recognition of his research, including Fellowship of The Royal Society, the IEEE Control Systems (Field) Award, the ASME Rufus Oldenburger Medal, and the AACC John R. Ragazzini Education Award.

The seminar's subject was cancer as the second leading cause of death, accounting for 13% to 15% of all deaths. One of the main challenges in cancer is that no two manifestations are alike, making it necessary to develop personalized therapies for that are narrowly focused on specific groups of patients. The talk showed that methods from probability, statistics and machine learning are very useful for this purpose. Two case studies from ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer were used to illustrate this point.