Dr Josiah Poon
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Dr Josiah Poon

BSc(Hons) Manchester, MSc Deakin, PhD Sydney
Senior Lecturer
School of Computer Science
Phone
+61 2 9351 7185
Fax
+61 2 9351 3838
Address
J12 - Computer Science Building
The University of Sydney
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Dr Josiah Poon

IT academics have been working with hospitals for decades to improve Western medicine. Dr Josiah Poon is working to do the same with Eastern medicine, by applying data mining and other IT techniques to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

"The core of TCM is the interaction of herbs. There are many different combinations of herbs currently in use for each illness, and I develop algorithms using clinical records to try to discover the most effective treatments.

"I use a measurement called complementarity, which is found in economics. It works on the principle that the whole is larger than the sum of its parts - in this case, two separate herbs on their own may each do nothing, but when put together they may be a powerful treatment.

"My work with a hospital in Beijing has vastly improved the treatments available to its patients, and I am currently working with a research centre in Shanghai to quantify the effectiveness of the drugs it produces.

"While there are fewer TCM practitioners in Australia than there are in China, Australia is the first Western country to introduce the regulation of TCM through registration, which indicates the impact Chinese medicine is having on our health system.

"I am personally passionate about this area because I am from a Chinese background and I don't really see any difference between Western and Eastern medicine - they are both effective ways of aiming to cure illness. However, Eastern medicine tends to be seen as non-scientific, so I am using IT to build evidence of its scientific merit.

"I started working in this field in 2008, and have been at the University of Sydney since 2001. The Chinese Studies Centre here helps to promote this sort of work, which is fantastic."

Current:

INFO1003- Foundations of Information Technology

INFO2150- Health System Data Standards & Analysis

INFO9003- Information Technology for Health Professionals

Previous:

COMP5047 - Pervasive Computing

COMP5214 - Software Development in Java

COMP5318 - Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

SOFT1001 - Software Development 1

SOFT1002 - Software Development 2

COMP5703- Information Technology Project

COMP5705- Information Technology Short Project

COMP5706- IT Industry Placement Project

Project titleResearch student
Interpretable Deep Neural Network for Predicting the Fed (or Central Bank) CommunicationJean LEE
Deep Learning in Generating Chest Radiography ReportsMaram MONSHI
CNN to analyze and predict on financial image chartLing QI
Data Driven Exploration for Symptom-Syndrome-Herbs Relations in Traditional Chinese MedicineZeyuan WANG

Publications

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Selected Grants

2019

  • Fatigue and Immunomodulatory Responses in Multiple Sclerosis with Integrative Medicine (FIRST), Lau A, Poon J, Poon S, Research Council of Hong Kong/Early Career Scheme (ECS)

2015

  • Symposium of Big Data in Integrative Medicine Research, Poon J, Lam M, Loy C, Poon S, Roufogalis B, Sze D, Meng H, Wu J, Cheng Y, Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant

Professional Activites


International collaboration

China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences[China]

Prof LIU Baoyan, Director of National Data Center of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences

Data analytics for traditional Chinese Medicine.
liuby@ndctcm.cn

The Chinese University of Hong Kong[Hong Kong S.A.R.]

We have set up a joint big-data research lab called ACCLAIM (Analytical and Clinical Cooperative Laboratory for Integrative Medicine) with the Institute of Integrative Medicine. The Co-Director of ACCLAIM from CUHK is Prof Alex Lau.

The University of Manchester [United Kingdom]

g.nenadic@manchester.ac.uk

The University of Edinburgh [United Kingdom]

balex@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

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