Lawrence Hunter

Larry Hunter
Larry Hunter in 2002
Born Lawrence E. Hunter
(1961-01-18) January 18, 1961
United States
Alma mater Yale University (PhD)
Known for Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB)
International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
Awards ISCB Fellow (2010)
Scientific career
Fields Computational Biology
Artificial Intelligence
Bioinformatics[1]
Institutions University of Colorado School of Medicine
George Mason University
Thesis Knowledge acquisition planning: Gaining expertise through experience (1989)
Doctoral advisor Roger Schank[2]
Website compbio.ucdenver.edu/Hunter

Lawrence E. Hunter is a Professor and Director of the Center for Computational Biology and of the Computational Bioscience Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.[3] He is an internationally known scholar,[1][4] focused on computational biology, knowledge-driven extraction of information from the primary biomedical literature,[5] the semantic integration of knowledge resources in molecular biology, and the use of knowledge in the analysis of high-throughput data, as well as for his foundational work in computational biology, which led to the genesis of the major professional organization in the field and two international conferences.[6]

Education

Hunter completed his PhD at Yale University in 1989 with a thesis on Knowledge Acquisition Planning: Gaining Expertise Through Experience, on diagnosis of lung cancer from histological images using Case-based reasoning,[7] under the guidance of Roger Schank.[2]

Career and research

Faced with a choice between careers in the main applications of artificial intelligence---game programming and defense work—Hunter chose to create a new discipline, bioinformatics. From 1989 to 2000, Hunter worked as a computer scientist and section chief for National Institutes of Health sections devoted to statistical and bioinformatic research. He was an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University from 1991 through 2000 and an associate professor in the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine from 2000 to 2008. He was promoted to professor in 2008.[8]

ISCB

In 1997, Hunter founded what has become the largest professional organization in computational biology and bioinformatics, the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).[9]

Conferences

Hunter was also a founder of three successful international conferences in bioinformatics, the International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) and the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB)[10] and the Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference.[11] He is also a co-organizer of the biological visualization conference Vizbi.[12] Hunter cofounded and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Molecular Mining Corporation from 1997 to 2003.

Awards, honors and influence

Hunter is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the winner of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2003 Engelmore Prize for Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

Hunter is credited with being one of the founders of the field of bioinformatics. Throughout his career Hunter has researched and directed research groups investigating the development and application of advanced computational techniques for biomedicine to high-throughput assays, particularly the application of statistical and knowledge-based techniques to the analysis of high-throughput data and of biomedical texts. He has proposed neurobiologically and evolutionarily informed computational models of cognition, and ethical issues related to computational bioscience.

He became an ISCB Fellow in 2010. Other awards and honors include Regent's Award for Scholarship and Technical Achievement 1994 Meritorious Service Award, National Library of Medicine, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Excellence in Research Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology, 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, 2004.

Publications

Selected publications include:

References

  1. 1 2 Lawrence Hunter publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. 1 2 Hunter, Lawrence E. (1989). Knowledge acquisition planning: Gaining expertise through experience. Proquest.com (PhD thesis). Yale University. hdl:10079/bibid/9838922. OCLC 24116492.
  3. "Lawrence Hunter, Ph.D." Compbio.ucdenver.edu. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. Lawrence Hunter at DBLP Bibliography Server
  5. Hunter, L.; Cohen, K. B. (2006). "Biomedical Language Processing: What's Beyond PubMed?". Molecular Cell. 21 (5): 589–594. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2006.02.012. PMC 1702322. PMID 16507357.
  6. "A pioneer with personality: Larry Hunter, founder of the International Society for Computational Biology". Bioinformatics World: 6. Autumn 2002.
  7. Gibson, Todd A. (2012). "The Roots of Bioinformatics in ISMB". PLoS Computational Biology. 8 (8): e1002679. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002679. PMC 3431341. PMID 22952443.
  8. Hunter, Lawrence (2009). The processes of life: an introduction to molecular biology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-01305-3.
  9. "Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 28-July 1, 1998". Proceedings / ... International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology ; ISMB. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. 6: 1–223. 1998. PMID 9867411.
  10. "Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. ISMB-96". Proceedings / ... International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology ; ISMB. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. 4: 1–262. 1996. PMID 9005023.
  11. "Rocky 09 - Welcome!". Iscb.org. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  12. O'Donoghue, Sean. "VIZBI - Visualizing Biological Data". Vizbi.org. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  13. Leake, David B.; Ram, Ashwin (1995). Goal-driven learning. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-18165-7.
Preceded by
None
President of the
International Society for Computational Biology

1997 – 2000
Succeeded by
Russ Altman
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