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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Individualized Multilayer Tensor Learning with An Application in Imaging Analysis (Annie Qu - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

4:00 pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017
5:00 pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017
MCS, Room 148, 111 Cummington Mall
Abstract: This work is motivated by breast cancer imaging data produced by a multimodal multiphoton optical imaging technique. One unique aspect of breast cancer imaging is that different individuals might have breast imaging at different locations, which also creates a technical difficulty in that the imaging background could vary for different individuals. We develop a multilayer tensor learning method to predict disease status effectively through utilizing subject-wise imaging information. In particular, we construct an individualized multilayer model which leverages an additional layer of individual structure of imaging in addition to employing a high-order tensor decomposition shared by populations. In addition, to incorporate multimodal imaging data for different profiling of tissue, cellular and molecular levels, we propose a higher order tensor representation to combine multiple sources of information at different modalities, so important features associated with disease status and clinical outcomes can be extracted effectively. One major advantage of our approach is that we are able To capture the spatial information of microvesicles observed in certain modalities of optical imaging through combining multimodal imaging data,. This has medical and clinical significance since microvesicles are more frequently observed among cancer patients than healthy ones, and identification of microvesicles enables us to provide an effective diagnostic tool for early-stage cancer detection. This is joint work with Xiwei Tang and Xuan Bi.