Cristóbal Esteban, PhD

Post Doc

+41 44 632 23 74
ETH Zürich
Department of Computer Science
Biomedical Informatics Group Universitätsstrasse 6
8092 Zürich
CAB F52.1

I am interested in helping to cure diseases, improve people's health and extend the human lifespan by developing intelligent systems that can find and exploit complex dependencies in biomedical datasets.

I was a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Volker Tresp at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. I also belonged to the Machine Intelligence group at Siemens AG in Munich. During this period I was also part of the EU Marie Curie International Training Network of machine learning for personalized medicine. Thanks to this network, I had the opportunity of visiting multiple research groups, including the Rätsch laboratory when it was based at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

I have worked in several machine learning projects applied to medicine and I am especially interested in developing Deep Learning models, like Recurrent Neural Networks, and analyzing how to use them to find complex relationships in sequential multivariate biomedical datasets.

Abstract Intensive care clinicians are presented with large quantities of patient information and measurements from a multitude of monitoring systems. The limited ability of humans to process such complex information hinders physicians to readily recognize and act on early signs of patient deterioration. We used machine learning to develop an early warning system for circulatory failure based on a high-resolution ICU database with 240 patient years of data. This automatic system predicts 90.0% of circulatory failure events (prevalence 3.1%), with 81.8% identified more than two hours in advance, resulting in an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 94.0% and area under the precision-recall curve of 63.0%. The model was externally validated in a large independent patient cohort.

Authors Stephanie Hyland, Martin Faltys, Matthias Hüser, Xinrui Lyu, Thomas Gumbsch, Cristóbal Esteban, Christian Bock, Max Horn, Michael Moor, Bastian Rieck, Marc Zimmermann, Dean Bodenham, Karsten Borgwardt, Gunnar Rätsch, Tobias M. Merz

Submitted arXiv Preprints