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SSD Seminar Series with Prof. Dr. Katerina Stankova

21. Juni 2021 @ 16:00 - 17:00

Katerina Stankova – Improving cancer treatment  through game theory

Data Science & Knowledge Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Maastricht University, NL

In this talk, we will investigate cancer treatment as a game-theoretic contest between the physician’s therapy and the cancer cells‘ resistance strategies. This game has two critical advantages for the physician:

1. Only the physician can play rationally. Cancer cells, like all evolving organisms, can only adapt to current conditions; they can neither anticipate nor evolve adaptations for treatments that the physician has not yet applied.
2. It has a distinctive Stackelberg structure; the „leader“ oncologist plays first and the „follower“ cancer cells then respond and adapt to therapy.  We will learn how the physician can exploit their advantages in this game. This will lead to evolutionary therapy, which is cancer therapy anticipating and steering treatment-induced response in cancer cells. We will illustrate how patient data can be utilized for that purpose and show evidence for superiority of this therapy against standard of care.


21. Juni 2021
16:00 - 17:00


a link for the Zoom meeting room will be send in the newsletter one week before the seminar starts. If you want to participate, please send an email to office@aices.rwth-aachen.de to get the zoom link.