Dr. Amir Talaei-Khoei, Ph.D, is an internationally recognized scholar in healthcare analytics who has dedicated his career to advancing the applications of analytics techniques and machine learning algorithms in healthcare scenarios. His research is funded by major federal agencies such as National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Dr. Talaei-Khoei is currently a faculty member at the Department of Information Systems, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He holds a Ph.D of Information Systems from University of New South Wales in Australia and MSc of Information Technology from Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Prior to joining UNR, Amir has spent almost five years as a faculty member at University of Technology Sydney where he was directing Healthcare Analytics Group. Dr. Talaei-Khoei has joined academia with a wide range of industry and entrepreneurial background in health IT.
Read more about Dr. Amir Talaei-Khoei’s experience in higher education and Information Technology in a recent interview.
When did you first know you wanted to enter your field?
During financial crisis in Europe, I realized the importance of data and the business perspective into it. So, I decided to do my PhD in business school.
What are some research initiatives you plan to embark on in the near future?
Given the over prescription of Antibiotics around the world, antibiotics resistance is becoming a real threat for human being. One of the major issues in management of antibiotics is that there are only limited number of antibiotics in the world. If human body becomes resistant to one after another, we will be exposed to a wide range of bacteria that may harm and we will not have a weapon against them. However, machine learning can look into the patterns of resistance and find out what bacteria is becoming resistant towards which antibiotics. Therefore, physicians and health professionals can make an inform decision, prescribing different antibiotics and save the one that is becoming resistant for future.
What excites you most about teaching in an online setting?
Seven years ago, when I started teaching online, it was all new to me. Soon, I found it not only exciting but also effective, only if I understand it right. Teaching online helped me to improve my teaching. When you teach in the classroom you can use your tone of voice, posture, and other body languages to get through to your students. When you’re teaching online, you need to plan everything down and make sure that your teaching goes from point A to point B to point C without skipping anything. I can teach from anywhere. I can be at my hotel room, or I can teach from my favorite café. This is amazing. It also gives both students and me critical time management skills. More importantly, teaching online helped me to love summer school.
What are some emerging innovations or industry trends that are changing the way you approach teaching and your research?
Social media is a powerful tool that can be used in engaging students. We all like that the materials, discussions and notifications come to us right on our phone.
What are some ways the UNR curriculum aligns with your teaching and philosophies?
I am a strong believer of practice-oriented teaching. I teach with examples of what I have done in industry. The UNR curriculum promotes applied learning, and in practical contexts.
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