MEBI 550: Knowledge Representation and Applications

Instructor: Ira J. Kalet, Ph.D.
Professor, Radiation Oncology
Professor, Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics
Adjunct Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, and Biological Structure

Office: NN146A University of Washington Medical Center


Telephone: (206) 598-4107

Course description

MEBI 550 deals with the principles of knowledge representation and reasoning, with application to biology, medicine and health. Many of the examples will use the Common Lisp programming language, but prior knowledge of Lisp is not assumed. Other programming and knowledge representation languages will also be introduced, such as Prolog.

Grading and other policies


The course assumes previous programming experience at the level of UW CSE 142 Computer Programming I. However, it is not important which programming language you know, as long as you are experienced with at least one. In addition, the course requires certain basic computing skills and mathematical background. These are listed on the Prerequisites page.

Course learning objectives

A list of course learning objectives illustrates what students can expect to be able to know and do by the end of the course.

Web resources on biomedical informatics projects

Web resources on Lisp

Some links for more information on Common Lisp and related topics are on the Common Lisp information page

Other Web resources

Information from specific quarters

Information from specific years in which I taught the course is at the following links: