Zhalama joined the CRISP project in September 2020, after a few months of remote work due to COVID-19. Her main research interest is in causal inference—learning causal relationships from observational data. Zhalama’s work will contribute to identifying causal relationships between risk factors that are predictive of cognitive decline and/or dementia. She received a PhD in Computer Science & Information Science from the University of South Australia, Australia, in August 2019, and a B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Research interests
causal inference
probabilistic graphical models
machine learning
artificial intelligence