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February 13, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Jiming Liu, Chair Professor in Computer Science, and Associate Dean of Science, Hong Kong Baptist University

Title: Modelling Ontario's Health Care System: Case Studies in Cardiac Care

Abstract: In this talk, I will present our current research on modeling wait time in Ontario cardiac care. Based on public data sources (e.g., on the performance of hospitals in Ontario), we aim to understand: (1) wait time causal relationships between connected units in the system, (2) the impacts of neighbourhood profiles and hospital characteristics on wait time, and (3)the effectiveness of adaptive resource allocation in improving the services.The research questions addressed and the structural equation modeling and queueing modeling methods demonstrated in our studies provide new insights into ways of evidence-based policy-making.

Biography: Dr. Jiming Liu is Chair Professor in Computer Science and Associate Dean of Science (Research) at Hong Kong Baptist University. He was Professor and Director of School of Computer Science at University of Windsor. Prof. Liu received Master of Arts from Concordia University, and Master of Engineering and PhD both in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. Prof. Liu's current research focuses on multi-agent Autonomy-Oriented Computing (AOC) and real-world complex systems/complex networks (e.g., health and health systems). Prof. Liu has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part B, and Computational Intelligence, among others.