Dr. Cathy Blake
Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
March 24, 2014
12:30 - 2:30PM
The quantity of information in science continues to increase at an alarming rate. The goal of our research group is to develop tools that automatically extract and synthesize evidence from published literature so that both individuals and policy makers can base their decisions on the latest available scientific evidence. To that end, we have developed the Claim Framework that captures how scientists communicate the results of their empirical study. The Claim Framework comprises four information facets (agent, object, change and dimension) that are pieced together to form five different claim types (explicit, implicit, comparison, correlation and observation). This presentation will draw from a wide array of study designs used in medicine, toxicology and epidemiology to demonstrate how the claim framework will enable information to be automatically synthesized.
Dr. Blake is an Associate Professor in the iSchool (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois and serves as Associate Director of the Center for Informatics in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS). Her primary research goal is to accelerate scientific discovery by synthesizing evidence from text and she contributes to both automated and human approaches that are required to resolve contradictions and redundancies that are inevitable in the information intensive world in which we live. Her current IMLS grant entitled socio-technical data analytics (SODA) supported the development of a new specialization that combines both the technical (databases, social networking, data mining, and text mining) and social (economic, ethical, policy, and political) aspects of data analytics. Before joining UI, she was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), a graduate student in the School of Information and Computer Science (ICS) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and a student in Informatics at the University of Wollongong (UoW) in Australia.