Basser Seminar Series

iTCM: IT meeting TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Speaker: Dr Josiah Poon
School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney

Time: Friday 21 May 2010, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Abstract

“What is IT to do with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)?” This could be the same reaction of many people when bioinformatics was introduced not long ago. Yet, everyone nowadays knows that the human genome cannot be made readily available without the assistance of the computational techniques. The synergy has changed the way we do research in the biomedical world. I believe TCM shares this same kind of unusual union with IT. TCM is very different from her western medical counterpart. Her knowledge was mainly accumulated through experience rather than the support of a proper scientific research. But time has changed. There is a strong push in the globalization of Chinese medicine recently. This movement encourages using different techniques to find the underlying biomedical principles and theories, and to unlock the secrets of this “old” conservative domain of TCM.

In this presentation I will briefly introduce TCM, the problems that it has to deal with and where IT can help. I will also give an overview of our current work in TCM, together with a preview of our short- and medium-term planning.

Speaker's biography

Josiah Poon is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Technologies in the University of Sydney. He studied computational creativity for his PhD in the Key Centre of Design Computing in the same university. His focus was mainly in the area of machine learning and data mining after he joined the School of IT, especially text learning, learning with background knowledge and imbalanced data learning. He has recently gone back to his ethnic origin to explore how IT can help and promote TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) research.