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Informatics Research Seminar: Data Analytics for Health- Utilizing Large Social Media Data

March 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Albert Park, PhD

Presented from UNC-C

Broadcast Link: Seminar (Scroll to bottom and click play)


With the rapid increase in health-related data, we are seeing a revolution in both data sources and data analytics that can supplement and change traditional health care. My research focuses on utilizing our daily interaction on social media platforms to better understand health-related needs and concerns and then encourage positive behavior change at both the individual and population levels in the contexts of health. For this purpose, I process text communication from a highly popular social media platform, such as Reddit as well as a smaller but popular public online health communities like WebMD. In this talk, I share my research on (1) a process towards deriving health implications and identifying health-related changes from social media data and (2) a development towards behavioral change through data analytics.


Albert Park, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems within the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. His research focuses on understanding and addressing a variety of public and personal health problems by applying computational methods (e.g., Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning) to large datasets. He was a National Institutes of Health-National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Utah. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Washington.


March 20
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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