May Dongmei Wang

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA


Translating AI for Public Health: Challenges and Opportunities


Dr. May Dongmei Wang is a full professor in the Departments of Biomedical Eng., Electrical and Computer Eng., Computational Science and Eng. at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She is the Director of Biomedical Big Data Initiative, a Kavli Fellow, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, a Carol Ann and David D. Flanagan Faculty Fellow, a Petit Institute Faculty Fellow, and an American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow. She earned BEng from Tsinghua University China, and MS/PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research is in Biomedical Big Data Analytics with a focus on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) for predictive, personalized, and precision health (pHealth). In FDA-organized MAQC international consortium, she led the comprehensive RNA-Seq analytics pipeline investigation. Dr. Wang published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in referred journals and conference proceedings with google scholar citations over 9,700. She has delivered more than 200 invited and keynote lectures. She is a recipient of Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research and a MilliPub Award (for a high-impact paper that has been cited over 1,000 times) from Emory University.

Dr. Wang was 2015-2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Distinguished Lecturer. She has served as an Emerging Area Editor for PNAS, Senior Editor for IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, an Associate Editor for TBME, a standing panelist for NIH, and a panelist for NSF, and review panels in multiple countries. She helps organize ACM Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics Conferences, and IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics from 2012-Present. She was elected the Vice Chair for 2018 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Advanced Health Informatics, and co-chair of 2016 IEEE EMBS Annual Conference of 2,696 people. She has served in IEEE Big Data Initiative (BDI) Steering Committee. She is currently Vice President of Finance in IEEE EMBS, and has been AIMBE Nomination Committee Chair since 2017.

Dr. Wang is Director of Biomedical Big Data Initiative, Georgia Tech Biomedical Informatics Program Co-Director in Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), and Co-Director of Georgia-Tech Center of Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry. Her research has been supported by NIH, NSF, CDC, Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Cancer Coalition, Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, Enduring Heart Foundation, Coulter Foundation, and industrial partners such as Microsoft Research, HP, and UCB.

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