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NextGen Discovery Series – Nov. 16, 2022


The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and our other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. The series consists of monthly lectures geared toward a broad multidisciplinary audience so all can participate and appreciate the spectrum of precision health efforts. 

Information about this talk, including continuing education, is available below.

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Geospatial AI-When Location Science Meets Precision Health

Speaker: Dr. Chi-Ren Shyu, Director of the Institute for Data Science & Informatics

Paul K. & Dianne Shumaker Professor, College of Engineering

Date: Nov. 16, 2022, noon-1 p.m.




Enabling the use of spatial context is vital to understanding today’s complex digital health problems beyond visualizing maps and intuitive observations. It is paramount to build a robust geospatial artificial intelligence (AI) capacity to integrate social, environmental and infrastructural knowledge base to empower health researchers’ use of geospatial context to promptly answer health issues. With this talk, Dr. Shyu presented recent geospatial AI works from his lab with applications in telemedicine catchment, health disparities, environmental health, biosecurity and risk assessment in pandemic preparation for resilience and mitigation. He also introduced geospatial resources from MU, regional and international collaborators. 


About the SpeakerChi-Ren Shyu

Dr. Shyu is Paul K. and Dianne Shumaker Professor in Biomedical Informatics in the College of Engineering and directs the MU Institute for Data Science and Informatics. His research encompasses health care, explainable artificial intelligence, quantum computing and spatial big data analytics. Dr. Shyu collaborates with clinicians to develop innovative computational methods with health care applications to address research questions in autism, cancer, COVID-19, lymphedema and type 1 diabetes. He serves as a Research Council member for Taylor Geospatial Institute, MU representative for SEC AI Curriculum Consortium and general chair for the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering. Dr. Shyu is an elected of the Fellow of American Medical Informatics Association and a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a 2016 UM System President Leadership Award and a 2022 Faculty Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association.


Continuing Professional Education Credit

Successful Completion of this activity, which includes participating in the educational offering, participating in the evaluation process and completing the verification of attendance, enables the learner to satisfy the requirements for continuing education.

Nursing Contact Hours

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). 

1.0 contact hour may be awarded.


The University of Missouri School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Missouri School of Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Financial Relationships

Current ACCME and Midwest Multistate Division, ANCC rules state that participants in continuing education activities should be made aware of any relevant affiliation or financial interest in the previous 24 months that may affect the planning of an educational activity or a speaker’s presentation(s). Each planning committee member and speaker has been requested to complete a financial relationship reporting form for the NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series. No planning committee member or speaker has a relevant financial interest.