An internationally recognized fraud detection expert, Fletcher Lu, PhD, has helped solve one of Canada’s largest cases of insurance fraud. An Assistant Professor cross-appointed in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Lu has made significant advances in the fields of fraud auditing and health informatics.
He joined UOIT in 2008 while serving as a research consultant with the Government of Canada’s Department of National Defence. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Math & Computer Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His fascination with insurance fraud grew out of his Postdoctoral Research at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and Waterloo Institutes of Health Informatics Research at the University of Waterloo.
Since fraud by nature is intricately hidden, Dr. Lu is intrigued by the detective game of understanding complex algorithms and uncovering patterns in a constantly changing world. By applying his theoretical techniques to company data, he discovered a major Canadian insurance fraud, and recovered millions of dollars in the finance sector.
Dr. Lu's research crosses several disciplines, including health informatics, computer science, gaming, fraud detection and security. His current research involves applying machine learning and numerical analysis techniques to understand complex fraud patterns in health insurance data; and improving youth fitness with mobile technology applications.
Industry Expertise (6)
Information Technology and Services
Areas of Expertise (6)
Canadian Operations Research Society (CORS) Practice Prize Winner (professional)
Dr. Lu received first prize at the 2014 CORS Practice Prize Competition for outstanding operational research in Computational Efficiencies in Insurance Fraud Data Analysis.
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Honours (professional)
Dr. Lu received distinction at the 2013 INFORMS Annual General Meeting for the results of his research in insurance fraud risk using Markov decision processes.
Lakeridge Health Research Ethics Board (professional)
Since 2010, Dr. Lu has served on the Research Ethics Board for Lakeridge Health Corporation. He is responsible for the review of research involving human subjects for compliance with provincial and national standards; as well as monitoring ongoing research within the Oshawa hospital for subject treatment and ensuring informed consent.
Assistant Professor, Cross-Appointed in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology, and the Faculty of Health Sciences, UOIT (professional)
Dr. Lu teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Artificial Intelligence, Systems Analysis in Health Care, and Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Partnership for Innovation and Commercialization.
Executive Member and Reviewer, International Association of Journals and Conferences (IAJC) (professional)
Since 2008, Dr. Lu has been an executive member of IAJC, a first-of-its-kind, global, umbrella consortium for academic journals, conferences, organizations, and individuals committed to advancing excellence in all aspects of technology-related education. Dr. Lu reviews submitted research papers and serves as chair for conference sessions.
University of Waterloo: PhD, Statistical Machine Learning 2003
University of Waterloo: MMath, Scientific Computation 1999
University of Waterloo: BMath, Mathematics 1996
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
- American Medical Informatics Association
- American Mathematical Society
- Institute for Operations Research Management Sciences
Event Appearances (3)
An Automated Fraud Auditing System with Health Insurance Records
Institute for Operations Research Management Sciences Annual Meeting Minneapolis, Minnesota
Datamining: Developing a Fraud Audit Support System
Canadian Health Care Anti-Fraud Association Annual Conference Niagara Falls, Ontario
Combating Childhood Obesity by Mobile Fitness Gaming
Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada 4th Pan Canadian Conference Ottawa, Ontario
Mobile Social Fitness Networked Game
U.S. Patent No.8,353,770 B2
As the sole inventor, Dr. Lu holds a U.S. patent for his Mobile Social Fitness Networked Game; an app aimed at promoting socially active physical fitness for kids, and has filed a patent in Canada as well.
Research Grants (3)
Data Integration and Analysis of Electronic Personal Health Records in a Cloud Environment
NSERC Engage Grant $25000
PI Lu, F. 8/2013-1/2014
Detecting Interrelationships Across Different Insurance Data Structures With Machine Learning Techniques
NSERC Engage Grant $25000
PI Lu, F. 8/2012-1/2013
Matrix Computational Analysis of Probabilistic Control Systems
NSERC Discovery Grant $75000
PI Lu, F. 4/2010-3/2011, 4/2012/3/2016