Ahmad Pahlavan Tafti


Ahmad P. Tafti, Ph.D.   

Senior AI Scientist


 

Research and Work Interests:

AI-Powered analysis of medical images and clinical text data


tafti[at]ieee[dot]org

I am a senior AI scientist with deep passion for health data science with better patient diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment using big multiple clinical data and novel computational algorithms. I earned my PhD in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and since then, I have been on a quest to explore and solve problems that are worth it, and make the most positive impact on people’s lives. I have been successfully leveraging my background in descriptive and predictive machine learning modeling, text and image analysis, and big data analytics to find solutions to a diverse range of problems in healthcare informatics. I am passionate about diverse biomedical data sources along with artificial intelligence methods and their applications in healthcare. My research contributions demonstrate an extensive research experience in conducting computational mechanisms with a key focus on machine learning components and deep learning strategies. My lifetime hobbies have been spending time with my bountiful family, reading, and cycling. I often publish under Ahmad P. Tafti and/or A. P. Tafti.

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What's New:

• Jan. 2021: Have a paper submitted at Health Data Science.

• Oct. 2020: Have a paper published at The Journal of Arthroplasty.

• July. 2020: We have a paper accepted for an oral presentation at ISVC 2020.

• May. 2020: Our work on AI-powered early detection of Acute Pancreatitis (AP) has been published at Gastroenterology.

• Apr. 2020: We were awarded Benefactor-funded CDAs Orthopedics Career Development Award. I am serving as a Co-I.

• Feb. 2020: I have already started leading the computer vision research at OpenTJA Laboratory.

• Feb. 2020: Dr. Hilal Maradit and I have submitted an NIH-R21 proposal on deep learning medical imaging. It is under review now. I am serving as the PI.

• Feb. 2020: I am serving at Steering Committee of ISVC 2020, my beloved computer vision conference.

• Feb. 2020: We submitted a full paper at MIDL 2020.

• Jan. 2020: I am serving as a PC member at IEEE ICHI 2020.

• Jan. 2020: I am serving as a PC member at ISVC 2020.

• Jan. 2020: I became a member at AMIA Biomedical Imaging Informatics Working Group.

• Jan. 2020: We have two abstracts accepted at 9th Annual International Congress of Arthroplasty Registries.

• Dec. 2019: I had a great honor to serve as a keynote speaker at 5th Research Day conference at Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia.

• Nov. 2019: Have an abstract accepted at AMIA 2020 Informatics Summit.

• Oct. 2019: I became an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

• Oct. 2019: I am the October guest speaker at UWM Big Data meeting.

• Oct. 2019: We have a full paper accepted at IEEE BIBM 2019.

• Aug. 2019: Two submissions at AMIA 2020 Informatics Summit.

• Aug. 2019: One submission at IEEE BIBM 2019.

• Jul. 2019: I will be serving as a keynote speaker at CISDM 2019, the 2019 European Conference on Information System and Data Mining.

• Jun. 2019: I have an abstract accepted at AMIA Annual Symposium 2019.

• Apr. 2019: We have a tutorial accepted at NAACL 2019, a top-notch conference in computational linguistics.

• Apr. 2019: I am serving as a grant reviwer in Catalyst Grant Program at UWM Research Foundation.

• Apr. 2019: I became a member at Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.

• Apr. 2019: We are now done with Deep Learning Fundamentals and Applications in Medical Informatics Workshop.

• Apr. 2019: Four abstracts accepted at Mayo Clinic Artificial Intelligence Symposium.

• Mar. 2019: I was fortunate to attend OptumLabs bootcamp, started working with massive multi-site clinical data.

• Mar. 2019: Three submissions at AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium.

• Mar. 2019: We have a poster accepted at MedInfo 2019.

• Feb. 2019: We have a paper accepted at IEEE BHI 2019.

• Jan. 2019: I am serving as a speaker at Deep Learning Fundamentals and Applications in Medical Informatics Workshop, Milwaukee, USA, 2019.

• Nov. 2018: I serve as a PC member at IEEE ICHI 2019, Beijing, China, 2019.

• Nov. 2018: I had the honor to serve on the PhD committee of Mojtaba Fathi, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation in an excellent fashion.

• Nov. 2018: I made my personal home page available on GitHub. Thanks, GitHub, to make this charming functionality available to everyone worldwide!

• Oct. 2018: We are organizng an ISMCO special track, namely AI meets Social Media: Integrating AI and Social Media to Advance Cancer Research.

• Aug. 2018: I serve as a Steering Committee member at ISMCO 2019, the first international symposium on mathematical and computational oncology.

• Jul. 2018: I joined Mayo Clinic, and strated working at this amazing academic medical center.

• Apr. 2018: I am serving as a keynote speaker at The Journey from Machine Learning to Deep Learning Workshop, at Marquette University.

• Apr. 2018: We have a poster accepted at IEEE ICHI 2018. An attempt was made to develop a deep 3D multi-scale CNN to boost lung cancer research.

• Feb. 2018: I am serving as a reviewer at AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium.

• Jan. 2018: We have our MCIndoor20000 dataset published at Data in Brief journal.

• Dec. 2017: We have a Podium Abstract accepted at AMIA 2018 Informatics Summit.

• Dec. 2017: We have started fighting against lung cancer, with the use of big and organized clinical data.

• Dec. 2017: I will be the guest speaker at Marshfield Clinic Journal Club, January 2018. I will be presenting "Big Data Deep Learning; What and Why?".

• Dec. 2017: We have a paper published at JMIR Medical Informatics.

• Nov. 2017: We have a paper accepted at SPIE Medical Imaging conference.

• Nov. 2017: I've started serving as a reviwer at Signal Processing journal, Elsevier.

• Oct. 2017: I've started serving as a reviwer at Micron journal, Elsevier.

• Oct. 2017: We have our bigNN paper accepted at IEEE Big Data. Acceptance rate was about 18.7%.

• Sep. 2017: I am the guest speaker at CPCP meeting, University of Wisconsin-Madison, next month!

• Sep. 2017: I am serving as a reviewer at AMIA 2018 Informatics Summit.

• Aug. 2017: The NVIDIA supports our ongoing research on deep learning computational vision. Thanks NVIDIA!

• Jul. 2017: I am awarded NVIDIA GPU Grant for part of my accomplishments on deep learning computational vision. Thanks much NVIDIA!

• May. 2017: I promoted to Associate Research Scientist.

• Mar. 2017: We have a workshop proposal accepted at KDD, the world's largest community for data mining. Please visit bigdas@KDD2017.

• Mar. 2017: We have a paper accepted at MLDM 2017.

• Jan. 2017: I am invited as a keynote speaker to the 4th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition. Canceled at Sep. 2017!

• Jan. 2017: I gave a talk on 3D computer vision at MCRF scientific seminar. You are most welcome to watch the talk online at here.

• Oct. 2016: I have been selected for the "Best Reviewer Award" by The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC).

• Oct. 2016: I became the chair of Computer Vision as a Service special track at ISVC 2016.

• Oct. 2016: I became a reviewer for AMIA 2017 Joint Summits on Translational Science.

• Aug. 2016: I became a reviewer for IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

• Jul. 2016: I joined ISVC 2016 as a program committee member for computer vision area.

• Jul. 2016: We are organizing a special track titled "Computer Vision as a Service" at ISVC 2016. [Call for Papers]

• Jun. 2016: We are organizing a special session titled "Machine Learning on the Cloud" at ACM ICC 2017. [Call for Papers]

• May. 2016: I had a wonderful visit in the Computational Visualization Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Thanks much Dr. Yu and Dr. Bajaj!

• May. 2016: I defended my Ph.D. thesis on 3D SEM Surface Reconstruction: An Optimized, Adaptive, and Intelligent Approach.

• May. 2016: Our paper titled 3DSEM++: adaptive and intelligent 3D SEM surface reconstruction has been published by Micron journal.

• Feb. 2016: I joined IEEE BIZ2016 as a technical reviewer.

• Jan. 2016: I will be TAing CS361 (Software Engineering) and CS595 (Capstone Project) Spring 2016.

• Dec. 2015: The 3DSEM is now available at Harvard Dataverse. Thanks much to Harvard University!

• Nov. 2015: Our paper titled "3DSEM: A 3D Microscopy Dataset" has been accepted to Data in Brief journal.

• Oct. 2015: I joined International Journal of Computer Vision & Signal Processing as an editorial board member.

• Oct. 2015: I joined International Journal of Computer Vision and Image Processing (IJCVIP) as a technical reviewer.

• Oct. 2015: Our paper titled "SeLibCV: A Service Library for Computer Vision Researchers" has been accepted to ISVC 2015.

• Sep. 2015: I joined CRESCO as an editorial board member for three open access journals including AEET, JCSSD, and JITT.

• Sep. 2015: I will be TAing Capstone Project (CS 595), Introductory Java Programming, and Introduction to Engineering Programming for Fall 2015.

• Aug. 2015: I presented my summer project at MCRF Research Symposium 2015. My presentation starts at the time slot 00:54:00 there.

• Aug. 2015: Our paper titled "Recent Adavances in 3D SEM Surface Reconstruction" is published by the Micron journal.

• Jul. 2015: I gave a short talk on "Text Mining and its Applications in Cancer Research" at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation journal club.

• May. 2015: Our poster on Computer Vision as a Service is accepted by CVPR 2015: Vision Industry and Entrepreneur Workshop (VIEW 2015).

• Apr. 2015: I was fortunate to get the GE Healthcare Honorable Mention Award at UWM Poster Competition 2015.

• Apr. 2015: I had a wonderful visit at Computer Science Department at UW-Madison.

• Apr. 2015: I joined Taylor & Francis Group as a technical reviewer for the Journal of CMBBE: Imaging & Visualization.

• Mar. 2015: A Dataset for our 3D Microscopy Vision project is released.

• Mar. 2015: I got an internship position at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation for Summer 2015.

• Feb. 2015: I gave a 15 minutes presentation at GE Healthcare Partnering Seminar.

• Jan. 2015: I will be the TA for Capstone Project (CS 595), and Introductory Java Programming (CS 201- Online Section) for Spring 2015.

• Oct. 2014: Our paper on 3D Microscopy Vision is accepted by ISVC 2014.

• Sep. 2014: I will be the TA for Capstone Project (CS 595), and Introductory Java Programming (CS 201- Online Section) for Fall 2014.

• Apr. 2014: I gave a talk in CS Department Group Seminar at UW-Milwaukee.

• Jan. 2014: I will be TAing Introduction to Software Engineering (CS 361), and Introductory Java Programming (CS 201) for Spring 2014.

• Oct. 2013: I will be a technical reviewer for IEEE conferences handled by SDIWC.

• Sep. 2013: I will be a TA for Introduction to Software Engineering (CS 361) and Introductory Java Programming (CS 201) for Fall 2013.

• Jan. 2013: I will be a TA for Introductory Java Programming (CS 201) for Spring 2013.

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