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GROWTH FACTORS JULY 2021: AI SPECIAL ISSUE

 
 


Dear bioengineering community,

In this issue of Growth Factors newsletter, I'm pleased to share that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has launched a new AI in Medicine Certificate through a unique interdisciplinary partnership between the department of bioengineering, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine. This self-paced online program will equip healthcare professionals with a conceptual understanding of AI and its applications through real-world medical case studies using machine learning models. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available upon completion.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a global hub where technological innovations meet medical advancements and we are a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. This issue of Growth Factors highlights a selection of recent advancements. Within the department of bioengineering, faculty are leveraging AI to assemble digital biopsies, diagnose diseases, and synthesize novel materials. Significant federal and private investments have also been made to further accelerate AI-related breakthroughs at Illinois including a 10-year $200 million investment from IBM to launch the Discovery Accelerator Institute.

Artificial intelligence is poised to make a significant impact throughout healthcare systems and we believe this course will help prepare clinicians to lead in the era of digital medicine. This course is now open for enrollment and we invite you to view our course video and sign up

Warm regards,

Mark A. Anastasio
Department Head
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering

 
   
 
IBM Illinois Collaboration 
 
Illinois partners with IBM for a $200M institute on emerging technology


IBM and The Grainger College of Engineering plan to launch a large-scale collaboration designed to increase access to technology education and skill development, and to combine the strengths of academia and the industrial sector to spur breakthroughs in emerging fields including AI. Learn More →

 
 
NSF AI Institute 
 
NSF awards $20M grant for new artificial intelligence institute


Bioengineering graduate faculty Huimin Zhao will lead the NSF Artificial Intelligence Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthetic Strategy and Manufacturing, a first-of-its-kind research infrastructure in the country. Learn More →

 
 
AI Assisted Microscope 
 
New microscope discovery leverages AI to detect disease earlier


Bioengineering professor Stephen Boppart, alumna Sixian You (Ph.D '19, now at MIT) and graduate program faculty Saurabh Sinha were part of the team that used a new microscope, combined with AI/deep-learning algorithms, to investigate the tumor microenvironment and search for clues and biomarkers indicative of cancer. Learn More →

 
 
Digital biopsy 
 
Researchers optimize machine learning programs to analyze digital biopsies


Led by Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering and the director of the Cancer Center at Illinois, a group of Illinois researchers developed an infrared-optical hybrid microscope and use machine learning tools to computationally analyze biopsies. Learn More →

 
 
Machine Learning for Epilepsy 
 
Signal processing methods and machine learning aid epilepsy diagnosis


Yogatheesan Varatharajah, a bioengineering professor and Grainger alumnus, led a research team to leverage machine learning to uncover subtle abnormalities in scalp EEG and assist in epilepsy diagnosis. Learn More →

 
 
Engineering students 
 
NSF awards bioengineering professor grant to study AI careers


Bioengineering professor Paul Jensen was awarded an NSF research grant to investigate how engineering students recognize career opportunities within the field of artificial intelligence. Learn More →

 
 
 
 
 
 
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