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AMIA student design challenge

posted Mar 31, 2015, 6:06 PM by Jen Mankoff

The Human Side of Big Data – Facilitating Human-Data Interaction

AMIA is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Student Design Challenge (SDC). In this challenge we invite teams of graduate students from different scientific disciplines and of various backgrounds to propose creative solutions to a specified problem related to healthcare. We seek novel solutions that incorporate cutting edge computational and interactive technologies and take advantage of the considerable advances in such research areas as biomedical informatics, human-computer interaction, computer science, information visualization, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, among many others. A panel of distinguished members of the AMIA community will review the proposed solutions and select the best proposals based on a number of criteria, including their originality and transformative potential. Eight teams selected as finalists will be asked to attend AMIA Annual Symposium and present their solutions during the AMIA poster session. The top four teams as selected by the SDC panel will be invited to participate in a formal presentation at AMIA.

This year the Student Design Challenge is inviting submissions that focus on novel and original ways to facilitate engagement between humans and computing data-analytic systems. “Big data” has become a popular buzzword both in academics and industry. New data streams and ever-increasing amounts of rich, complex, and multi-faceted data have the potential to lead to new discoveries and inform decision-making of both clinicians and consumers. However, to fully harvest this potential, data-analytic systems must allow their users to engage with the data in meaningful ways. We invite student teams to envision new ways for clinicians and/or patients to engage with data-analytic systems that take advantage of both emerging computational capabilities and uniquely human intelligence and reasoning.


  • June 1, 2015 – proposal submission deadline
  • August 1, 2015 – notifications to authors
  • September 1, 2015 – final accepted revision submission deadline