Invited talk

We are very happy that Eric Nyberg will give an invited talk in the seventh BioASQ workshop.

Title: "Recent Advances in Biomedical Question Answering" 

Speaker: Eric Nyberg, Carnegie Mellon University 

Abstract: This talk presents recent results on automatic question answering for biomedical and consumer health questions, drawn from CMU's participation in several recent open evaluations (including BioASQ, LiveQA, and MediQA). Despite promising achievements in recent evaluation campaigns, significant challenges must be solved before QA can be practically useful for experts and consumers. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of current (and past) approaches, and offer suggestions for how the QA field can mature toward generalized QA performance.

Biosketch: Noted for his contributions to the fields of automatic text translation, information retrieval, and automatic question answering, Eric Nyberg holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (1992) and a B.A. from Boston University (1983). He is a recipient of the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence (for his contributions to the field of question answering and his work as an original developer on the Watson project) and the BU Computer Science Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award. Eric currently directs the Master of Computational Data Science (MCDS) program at CMU. He is also co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist at Cognistx, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for