Marzyeh Ghassemi


Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in Computer Science and Medicine, and a Vector Institute faculty member holding a Canadian CIFAR AI Chair. She currently serves as a NeurIPS 2019 Workshop Co-Chair, and Board Member of the Machine Learning for Health Unconference. Previously, she was a Visiting Researcher with Alphabet's Verily and a post-doc with Dr. Peter Szolovits at MIT (CV).

Professor Ghassemi has a well-established academic track record in personal research contributions across computer science and clinical venues, including KDD, AAAI, MLHC, JAMIA, JMIR, JMLR, AMIA-CRI, EMBC, Nature Translational Psychiatry, Critical Care, and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. She is an active member of the scientific community, reviewing for NIPS, ICML, KDD, MLHC, AAAI, AMIA/AMIA-CRI, and JMLR. She has co-organized the 2016/2017/2018 NIPS Workshop on Machine Learning for Health (ML4H), been 2018 Area Chair for MLHC, and served as an Academic Guest Editor on the 2018 PLoS ONE call on Machine Learning in Health and Biomedicine.

Professor Ghassemi's PhD research at MIT focused on creating and applying machine learning algorithms towards improved prediction and stratification of relevant human risks with clinical collaborations at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, encompassing unsupervised learning, supervised learning, and structured prediction. Her work has been applied to estimating the physiological state of patients during critical illnesses, modeling the need for a clinical intervention, and diagnosing phonotraumatic voice disorders from wearable sensor data. Prior to MIT, Marzyeh received an MSc. degree in biomedical engineering from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and B.S. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering as a Goldwater Scholar at New Mexico State University.

In Popular Media.

Professor Ghassemi’s work has been featured online, in popular press such as MIT News, NVIDIA, Huffington Post. She was also recently named one of MIT Tech Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35.

Invited Talks.

Professor Ghassemi has been invited to speak at a number of academic and industrial institutions. Recently, she was a speaker at The Digital Doctor: Health Care in an Age of AI and Big Data IACS SYMPOSIUM, and a panellist at AMIA 2018 Informatics Summit Panel on Deep Learning for Healthcare - Hype or the Real Thing?, and will appear at Elevate AI 2018, Techna 2018, Syndemics 2018, The Fields Institute, SOCML 2018, and DALI 2019.


Professor Ghassemi is on the Senior Advisory Council of Women in Machine Learning (WiML), and organized its flagship workshop at NIPS during December 2014. She has also organized and MIT's first Hacking Discrimination event, and was awarded MIT’s 2018 Seth J. Teller Award for Excellence, Inclusion and Diversity.

She served on MIT's Presidential Committee on Foreign Scholarships from 2015-2018, working with MIT students to create competitive applications for distinguished international scholarships. In 2015, she also worked as a graduate student member of MIT's CJAC (Corporation Joint Advisory Committee on Institute-wide Affairs), a committee to which the Corporation can turn for consideration and advice on special Institute-wide issues.

From 2013-2014, she was a student representative on MIT's Women's Advisory Group Presidential Committee, and additionally was elected as a Graduate Student Council (GSC) Housing Community Activities Co-Chair. As co-chair, she worked with subcommittee leads to create a third month of maternity benefits for EECS graduate women, create a $1M+ fundraising target for a needs-based grant administered to graduate families at MIT, successfully negotiated a 4% stipend increase for MIT graduate students for the 2014 fiscal year (approved by MIT's Academic Council), and worked with HCA's Transportation Subcommittee to expand new transportation options for the 2/3 of graduate students that live off campus. During 2012-2013, she was one of MIT’s GSC Housing Community Activities Family Subcommittee Leads, and campaigned to have back-up childcare options extended to all graduate students at MIT. This led the GSC to commit $30,000 to a pilot for the program, which was matched by the administration. The program is now fully funded by MIT, and considered a success.

Other Contributions.

From 2012-2013, Professor Ghassemi was the Treasurer for the CSAIL Student Committee and (most importantly) created “Muffin Mondays,” a weekly opportunity for MIT’s graduate community to bond over baked treats from Flour Bakery. The event still happens every Monday in CSAIL.