Carlo Combi
Carlo Combi

Department of Computer Science
University of Verona
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
OLB 105, 10:30am

Modeling Temporal, Data-Centric Workflows in the Healthcare Domain

Workflow technology has emerged as one of the leading technologies in modeling, redesigning, and executing medical processes and some interesting workflow management systems are available. Nevertheless, such systems are lacking in an effective management of two key aspects: data dependencies and temporal constraints. In clinical/health context these two aspects are of paramount importance. For example, a surgery intervention could need the results of the concurrent bioptic analysis to be properly concluded; on the other hand, to successfully apply a fibrinolytic therapy to patients with ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) a maximum delay of 30 minutes must be considered with reference to the emergency department admission.

In this talk we will introduce TNest, a new advanced structured and highly modular workflow modeling language that allows one to easily express data dependencies and time constraints during process design. All the features of TNest have been considered to model the process related to classical clinical guidelines, i.e., those for the management of STEMI patients, published by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association.

Carlo Combi was born in 1962. In 1987 he received the Laurea Degree in E.E. by the Politecnico of Milan. In 1993 he received the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering. He was in 1994 and 1995 Post-Doc fellow at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Politecnico of Milan. From 1987 to 1996 he worked within the research group in Medical Informatics at the Politecnico of Milan. From April 1996 to October 2001, Carlo Combi was with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Udine as Assistant Professor. Since November 2001, he is with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona: from November 2001 to February 2005, he was Associate Professor of Computer Science; since March 2005, he is Professor of Computer Science. Since October 2007, he is head of the Department. Main research interests are related to the database and information system field, with an emphasis on the management of clinical information. The two main areas are temporal information systems (time-oriented data and process modeling) and multimedia databases. He is author of more than 100 papers published on international journals and proceedings of international conferences. He is author, with Elpida Keravnou - University of Cyprus and Yuval Shahar - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, of the book “Temporal Information Systems in Medicine”, Springer, 2010. He is involved in the scientific activity of several scientific international journals and conferences. Since January 1999 he is editorial Board Member, journal Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. Since July 2009 he is chair of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Society (AIME). He is guest editor of several special issues of international journals (Methods of Information in Medicine, Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, Computers in Biology and Medicine).