Ishanu Chattopadhyay Lab

Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology
900 East 57th Street
10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-702-6685

About the Lab

The ZeD lab@UChicago, led by Professor Ishanu Chattopadhyay , investigates the core algorithmic principles behind data analysis with minimal human intervention, and little or no access to domain expertise. We are interested in unraveling complex phenomena in biology, biomedicine, clinical decision-making, epidemiology of complex diseases, and human social interactions. We are also generally interested in multi-scale dynamical systems, such as predictive modeling of weather and global seismic phenomena.

We investigate the science of automated inference, independent of specific applications; when carried out with zero prior knowledge. Our theoretical contributions include data smashing, algorithm GenESeSS , and automated construction of Spin Nets - a new approach that is proving effective in predicting complex spatio-temporal phenomena ranging from seismic events across the globe to criminal infractions transpiring in the city of Chicago.

More broadly, we design and explore new learning algorithms, and new extensions to existing techniques. We test the feasible limits of automated learning - trying to understand what is theoretically possible, what can be achieved in practice, and, more generally, what are the hard limits of the revolution in data science that we are currently experiencing.

Our exploration of the unknown possibilities in data science places us at the cusp of several disciplines - artificial intelligence, statistical theory, formal languages, dynamical systems, and quite clearly, machine learning. However, we are not simply implementing standard ideas on new applications -- we are formulating tools that work with zero prior experience, minimizes or eliminates the use of subject matter experts, and hopefully allows us to answer questions that we have not yet thought to ask.

http://zed.uchicago.edu/

Lab Members

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Shahab Asoodeh

Shahab Asoodeh

Postdoc,
Postdoctoral Scholar
Knowledge Lab
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Jaideep Dhanoa

Jaideep Dhanoa


Research Assistant
Department of Medicine
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Yi Huang

Yi Huang

Postdoc,
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Medicine
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Jasmine Mithani

Jasmine Mithani


Research Assistant
Department of Medicine
Warren Mo

Warren Mo


Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Medicine
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Angela Zhang

Angela Zhang


Research Associate
Department of Medicine