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NIPS ML4HC 2016 : Machine Learning for Health @ NIPS 2016


When Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 9, 2016
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline Oct 28, 2016
Notification Due Nov 11, 2016
Final Version Due Dec 1, 2016
Categories    healthcare   machine learning   computer science

Call For Papers


The last decade has seen unprecedented growth in the availability and size of digital health data, including electronic health records, genetics, and wearable sensors. These rich data sources present opportunities to develop and apply machine learning methods to enable precision medicine. The aim of this workshop is to engender discussion between machine learning and clinical researchers about how statistical learning can enhance both the science and the practice of medicine.

Of particular interest to this year’s workshop is a phrase recently coined by the British Medical Journal, "Big Health Data", where the focus is on modeling and improving health outcomes across large numbers of patients with diverse genetic, phenotypic, and environmental characteristics. The majority of clinical informatics research has focused on narrow populations representing, for example, patients from a single institution or sharing a common disease, and on modeling clinical factors, such as lab test results and treatments. Big health considers large and diverse cohorts, often reaching over 100 million patients in size, as well as environmental factors that are known to impact health outcomes, including socioeconomic status, health care delivery and utilization, and pollution. Big Health Data problems pose a variety of challenges for standard statistical learning, many of them nontraditional. Including a patient’s race and income in statistical analysis, for example, evokes concerns about patient privacy. Novel approaches to differential privacy may help alleviate such concerns. Other examples include modeling biased measurements and non-random missingness and causal inference in the presence of latent confounders.


We will invite submission of two­ page abstracts (not including references) for poster contributions and short oral presentations describing innovative machine learning research on relevant clinical problems and data. Topics of interest include but are not limited to models for diseases and clinical data, temporal models, Markov decision processes for clinical decision support, multi­scale data-­integration, modeling with missing or biased data, learning with non-stationary data, uncertainty and uncertainty propagation, non ­i.i.d. structure in the data, critique of models, causality, model biases, transfer learning, and incorporation of non-clinical (e.g., socioeconomic) factors.


Researchers interested in contributing should upload an extended abstract of 4 pages in PDF format to the MLCB submission web site:

by October 28, 2016, 11:59pm (time zone of your choice).

No special style is required. Authors should use the NIPS style file, and submissions should be suitably anonymized and meet the requirements for double-blind reviewing.

All submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed and will be evaluated on the basis of their technical content. The workshop allows submissions of papers that are under review or have been recently published in a conference or a journal. Authors should state any overlapping published work at time of submission.

Please send any questions to

Leo Anthony Celi (MIMIC Project Lead)
Eric Xing (CMU)
Jenna Wiens (University of Michigan)
Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard)
Julien Cornebise (DeepMind)
Neil Lawrence (University of Sheffield)
Joel Dudley (Mount Sinai)
Niels Peek (University of Manchester)

Madalina Fiterau (Stanford)
Jason Fries (Stanford)
Marzyeh Ghassemi (MIT)
Theofanis Karaletsos (Geometric Intelligence)
Rajesh Ranganath (Princeton)
Peter Schulam (Johns Hopkins)
Uri Shalit (NYU)
David Kale (University of Southern California)

Artur Dubrawski (CMU)
Christopher Re (Stanford)
Cynthia Rudin (MIT)
David Sontag (NYU)
Deborah Estrin (Cornell-tech)
Fei Wang (Cornell)
Gunnar Rätsch (ETH)
Jimeng Sun (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Joyce Ho (Emory)
Neil Lawrence (U Sheffield)
Nigam Shah (Stanford)
Rosalind Picard (MIT)
Scott Delp (Stanford)
Suchi Saria (JHU)
Susan Murphy (U. Michigan)
Trevor Hastie (Stanford)
Zak Kohane (Harvard)
Samantha Kleinberg (Stevens Institute)
George M Hripcsak (Columbia University)

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