PhD candidate earns second-consecutive acceptance into the ISMB Conference

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Mohammad Al Olaimat, PhD candidate under Dr. Serdar Bozdag's BioHPC laboratory, receives paper acceptance into the ISMB Conference for a second-consecutive year.

Earlier this month, PhD Candidate, Mohammad Al Olaimat, and Associate Professor, Dr. Serdar Bozdag, earned acceptance into the 2024 ISMB Conference for their project entitled, “TA-RNN: an Attention-based Time-aware Recurrent Neural Network Architecture for Electronic Health Records.” This project includes collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. 

This marks the second time, in a row, Mohammad’s work receives acceptance with ISMB. “[The ISMB Conference] is the top conference in our field, also considered by This year’s acceptance rate was 18%.” Dr. Bozdag discussed with us the initiative for this year’s paper. “We developed a Deep Learning architecture to analyze longitudinal electronic health records data using time embedding and dual attention to predict future clinical outcomes.”

The research for this year builds off last year’s accepted paper entitled “PPAD: a deep learning architecture to predict progression of Alzheimer’s disease.” Mohammad also received collaboration from the Alzheimer’s initiative group, as well as fellow colleagues, Jared Martinez and Fahad Saeed.

The International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) is an annual event organized by the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). This flagship meeting of the ISCB is renowned as the world's largest conference focused on bioinformatics and computational biology. ISMB 2024 showcases the latest international developments in the field and driving forward the future of this dynamic area of research and the involvement of the ISCB's Communities of Special Interest (COSIs) enhances the exceptional scientific program.


Congratulations Mohammad and Dr. Bozdag! Earning back-to-back selections in a competitive research field and conference is no simple feat and immensely commendable. The department looks forward to seeing all the more incredible work to come!


For more information on Mohammad’s research, click the link here: Mohammad Al Olaimat - Google Scholar


For more information on the ISMB Conference, click the link here: HOME - ISMB 2024 (