Frank Rudzicz

BSc, Meng, PhD



Frank Rudzicz is a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael’s Hospital, Director of Artificial Intelligence at Surgical Safety Technologies Inc., an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, co-founder and President of WinterLight Labs Inc., faculty member at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, past-President of the international joint ACL/ISCA special interest group on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies, and past-Chair of the Standards Council of Canada’s subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence, and CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence. He is the recent recipient of the Young Investigator award from the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, the Early Researcher award from the Government of Ontario, the Excellence in Applied Research award from the National Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, and the Connaught Innovation Award.

His work is in machine learning in healthcare, normally applied to natural language processing and speech recognition, including automated cognitive assessments, assistive technologies, and AI for surgical safety. His research has appeared in popular media such as Scientific American, Wired, CBC, and the Globe and Mail, and in scientific press such as Nature.

Recent Publications

  1. McBurney, SH, Kwong, JC, Brown, KA, Rudzicz, F, Chen, B, Candido, E et al.. Developing a reference standard for pertussis by applying a stratified sampling strategy to electronic medical record data. Ann Epidemiol. 2022;77 :53-60. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2022.11.002. PubMed PMID:36372292 .
  2. Lee, W, Shickh, S, Assamad, D, Luca, S, Clausen, M, Somerville, C et al.. Patient-facing digital tools for delivering genetic services: a systematic review. J Med Genet. 2022; :. doi: 10.1136/jmg-2022-108653. PubMed PMID:36137613 .
  3. Balachandar, A, Algarni, M, Oliveira, L, Marsili, L, Merola, A, Sturchio, A et al.. Are smartphones and machine learning enough to diagnose tremor?. J Neurol. 2022;269 (11):6104-6115. doi: 10.1007/s00415-022-11293-7. PubMed PMID:35861853 .
  4. Lam, K, AbrĂ moff, MD, Balibrea, JM, Bishop, SM, Brady, RR, Callcut, RA et al.. A Delphi consensus statement for digital surgery. NPJ Digit Med. 2022;5 (1):100. doi: 10.1038/s41746-022-00641-6. PubMed PMID:35854145 PubMed Central PMC9296639.
  5. Abdalla, M, Lu, H, Pinzaru, B, Rudzicz, F, Jaakkimainen, L. Predicting the target specialty of referral notes to estimate per-specialty wait times with machine learning. PLoS One. 2022;17 (5):e0267964. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0267964. PubMed PMID:35551279 PubMed Central PMC9098074.
  6. Hung, PS, Zhang, JY, Noorani, A, Walker, MR, Huang, M, Zhang, JW et al.. Differential expression of a brain aging biomarker across discrete chronic pain disorders. Pain. 2022;163 (8):1468-1478. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002613. PubMed PMID:35202044 .
  7. Nasreen, S, Wang, J, Kwong, JC, Crowcroft, NS, Sadarangani, M, Wilson, SE et al.. Population-based incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease in children and adults in Ontario and British Columbia, 2002-2018: A Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) study. Vaccine. 2021;39 (52):7545-7553. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.11.032. PubMed PMID:34810001 .
  8. Kostas, D, Aroca-Ouellette, S, Rudzicz, F. BENDR: Using Transformers and a Contrastive Self-Supervised Learning Task to Learn From Massive Amounts of EEG Data. Front Hum Neurosci. 2021;15 :653659. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.653659. PubMed PMID:34248521 PubMed Central PMC8261053.
  9. Hung, PS, Noorani, A, Zhang, JY, Tohyama, S, Laperriere, N, Davis, KD et al.. Regional brain morphology predicts pain relief in trigeminal neuralgia. Neuroimage Clin. 2021;31 :102706. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2021.102706. PubMed PMID:34087549 PubMed Central PMC8184658.
  10. Balagopalan, A, Eyre, B, Robin, J, Rudzicz, F, Novikova, J. Comparing Pre-trained and Feature-Based Models for Prediction of Alzheimer's Disease Based on Speech. Front Aging Neurosci. 2021;13 :635945. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2021.635945. PubMed PMID:33986655 PubMed Central PMC8110916.
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