Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Faculty Advisor

Servatius, Brigitte

Project Center

Washington, DC


In order to ensure the safety and efficacy of post-market pharmaceutical products, the United States Food and Drug Administration relies on its pharmacovigilance efforts and input from the general public. The FDA receives submissions of adverse event reports from patients, health care practitioners and manufacturers. The FDA has started looking to the field of data mining to automate the search for safety signals. A training manual was created to introduce FDA employees to the concepts and applications of data mining techniques in pharmacovigilance.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

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