Survival/time-to-event analysis

Survival/time-to-event analysis is an important field of statistics concerned with understanding the distribution of events over time. Survival analysis presents a unique challenge as we are also interested in events that do not take place, which we refer to as ‘censoring’. Survival analysis methods are important in many real-world settings, such as healthcare (disease prognosis), finance and economics (risk of default), commercial ventures (customer churn), engineering (component lifetime), and many more.

Recently there has been an increased interest in applying machine learning to survival analysis in order to make more powerful predictions. We encourage successful candidates to explore areas of machine learning within survival analysis that are of interest to them and to pursue novel methods. We also encourage open-source software development in R or Julia. In particular, the candidate will be expected to contribute to the survival analysis development in MLJ. As well as advances in model development, research will also be expected to explore practical aspects of model comparison including validation and benchmarking.

This comprehensive programme will ensure any successful candidate is an expert in machine learning survival analysis. Successful candidates will work on cutting-edge research with access to state-of-the-art technology and will be at the forefront of survival analysis research. The project will further allow the candidate to develop the necessary skills to become an independent researcher by encouraging novel ideas and methods, as well as helping the candidate grow their own network of academics across the world.


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  • Lee, C., Zame, W. R., Yoon, J., & van der Schaar, M. (2018). Deephit: A deep learning approach to survival analysis with competing risks. In Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
  • Katzman, J. L., Shaham, U., Cloninger, A., Bates, J., Jiang, T., & Kluger, Y. (2018). DeepSurv: personalized treatment recommender system using a Cox proportional hazards deep neural network. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 18(1), 24.
  • Gensheimer, M. F., & Narasimhan, B. (2019). A scalable discrete-time survival model for neural networks. PeerJ, 7, e6257.
Raphael Sonabend
Raphael Sonabend
Postdoctoral Researcher

My primary research interests lie in tackling the challenges that artificial intelligence pose to time-to-event modelling.