Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building, E113
475 N. 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004



  • Study of Opioid Epidemic with Analytical Models:
    • Arun Sen, PhD – The opioid epidemic was declared a national emergency in 2017. As in many other states, the epidemic in the last few years had a major impact in Arizona. The goal of our study is careful analysis of available data to find useful insights into the epidemic. In order to achieve this goal, we have identified a few tasks. These include:
      • Identification of at-risk groups at a fine-level granularity.
      • Exploration and identification of pathways to opioid addiction.
      • Building analytical models for the spread of the opioid epidemic.
      • Building future overdose incidence heat maps from past data.
    • In order to enable appropriate authorities to take proactive measures, we have undertaken the task of creating tomorrow's heat maps today. We have developed a novel deep-learning architecture for predicting future opioid incidences in specific regions (country or zip code level). Our model takes a heat map of past incidences from a specific region and predicts the number of incidences likely to take place in the next time frame (month/quarter). The efficacy of our model is tested on two publicly available data sets.


    • Parking: There is a pay-to-park lot (lot 10002) on the corner of Van Buren and 7th St.
    • When you arrive, check-in with security and proceed to room E113.

    For questions, please contact the Department of Biomedical Informatics.