Wei Wei named a finalist for AMIA Doctoral Dissertation Award

Wei Wei, Senior Machine Learning Engineer at UPMC Enterprises, was named a finalist for the prestigious American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Wei was recognized for his dissertation, “Information Retrieval in Biomedical Research: From Articles to Datasets,” which studied the retrieval of biomedical datasets, such as clinical notes, genes, and research articles, in one framework.

Wei developed methods for:

  • Using information collected from external resources to enrich the representation models for biomedical datasets;
  • Exploring rule-based and deep-learning-based methods to help users formulate effective queries;
  • Developing a hybrid strategy to identify relevant datasets and rank them using customized ranking models.

The AMIA Doctoral Dissertation Award provides prestigious recognition for the top doctoral dissertation each year that contribute to the science of informatics in any biomedical application domain or domains. Every year, a committee selects six finalists from all applications, and then two winners from the six.

AMIA recognizes the critical importance of fostering the development and discovery of new informatics science as well as the recognition and support of AMIA members who will grow the field and become the next generation of informatics leaders. This talent is nurtured in graduate and doctoral research programs.

Congratulations, Wei!