Big Text Data Analytics and Health Care

Lulu Huang

Lulu Huang started her undergraduate degree in China. After listening to a presentation by Dr. Phil Cox on joint degree opportunities, she decided to finish her degree at Dal. Although language presented a challenge and it took a little while to get caught up with classwork, the courses were very appealing to her. During Lulu’s last year of her undergraduate degree, she particularly enjoyed data mining, natural language processing, and completed a research project on text mining and visualization.

Originally, Lulu’s idea was to get a job after graduating. After strong encouragement and sound advice from Dr. Evangelos Milios and Dr. Stan Matwin, she became inspired to further her studies. When the opportunity arose to complete a master’s degree in big text data under the supervision of Dr. Matwin, she took it with enthusiasm and started her graduate studies in September. In collaboration with a major care provider company,

Lulu currently works on analyzing data from geriatric care patients, with the goal of understanding how care can be better delivered. For example, how can the fall of a patient be prevented or how can we determine who are most prone to falls in geriatric care? Lulu has quickly gotten used to living in Canada. “Halifax is very similar to the city I come from in south east China, except for the winters!” If, after graduating, a great opportunity came up she would probably stay in Canada. She says she might have to look very closely, though, at her location choice. “I couldn't live anywhere that was colder than Halifax!”