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Alan (Lan) R. Aronson, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Lister Hill Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine. His research focuses on applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to biomedical text for tasks ranging from indexing and retrieval of the biomedical literature to mining clinical text. He is the developer of the world-recognized MetaMap program, which automatically detects the biomedical concepts occurring in text; and his research group is responsible for NLM's Medical Text Indexer (MTI) which assists in various indexing efforts including MEDLINE indexing.
Dr. Aronson is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Dr. Aronson was elected to the Faculty of the American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI) in 2005. In addition, he received the NLM Board of Regents Award in 2010 and an NIH Director's Award in 2012, both of which were for his sustained contribution to the medical informatics community in the development of MetaMap and the Medical Text Indexer.