McMurry Computer Science Student to Speak On Summer Research Experience

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:13 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University senior computer science major David Charles of Lake Forest, California, will share his Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) study at Texas Tech University last summer at 1 p.m. Friday, November 14, in room 101 of the Finch-Gray Science Building.

The research focus for his project was to develop a declarative approach to automating Clinical Practice Guidelines for patients with comorbidities (multiple serious conditions). The REU site was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University.

It is estimated that over 98,000 preventable deaths occur every year due to medical errors. With such high numbers, it is becoming ever more important to find methods to reduce mortality and aid doctors in eliminating errors. One of the established approaches is the creation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to help standardize and improve the quality of medical care patients receive. However, the information heavy nature and inconvenient format of clinical practice guidelines are major obstacles in the eventual goal of widespread usability. Charles will address the work he participated in this summer to try to automate this process.

Charles and ten other students were selected through an application process. All applicants were selected to research declarative programming and its application in various domains such as cybersecurity, energy, healthcare, and space exploration.

Charles worked with a team including students from Rice University and the University of Houston. The team explored the role answer set prolog, a declarative programming language, could have in the automation of clinical practice guidelines under the guidance of Dr. Yuanlin Zhang of Texas Tech University.

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