MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host seminars pertaining to glioma cancer and data flood on Thursday, March 30. The glioma cancer seminar will take place at 2 p.m. in Mead Auditorium. The data flood seminar will begin at 4 p.m. in New Science Facility room 1205.

            Sounak Chakraborty, assistant statistics professor from University of Missouri-Columbia, will present both seminars.

“Gene Expression Based Glioma Classification Using Hierarchical Bayesian Vector Machines” will explore several Bayesian classification methods for the analysis of glioma cancer.

            During “The Data Flood,” Chakraborty will discuss the challenges of handling today’s massive databases and the job of statisticians in handling these databases.

            Chakraborty was born in India. His main research interests are Bayesian inference, machine learning, data mining, and bioinformatics. His current research work involves developing probabilistic models for multi-class cancer classification with microarray data, identifying differentially expressed genes, and developing Bayesian variable selection method.

            Both seminars are free and open to the general public. They are sponsored by the department of clinical laboratory sciences and the department of mathematics and computer science.

            For more information, contact Lucille Contois at 227-1660 or Sujay Datta at 227-1584.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz