Browsing Category: AI

“Augmented attention” wearable assists the visually impaired

OrCam is a disruptive artificial vision company that creates assistive devices for the visually impaired.  It is led by Hebrew University professor Amnon Shashua. MyMe, its latest product, uses artificial intelligence to respond to audio and visual information in real-time.  A clip on camera and Bluetooth earpiece create what the company calls an “augmented attention” experience, […]

AI for diabetes management

Novo Nordisk  and IBM Watson are partnering to create an AI system to help diabetes patients better manage their disease. Data from continuous blood sugar monitors will be analyzed and used to inform treatment decisions, such as insulin dosage.  Food intake, exercise and the timing and dosage of insulin injections could also be added to […]

Deep learning meets genomics

University of Toronto professor Brendan Frey has used deep learning  principles to create algorithms that look at the pattern of mutations in an individual’s DNA.  The system then makes inferences about how the patterns affect the operation of different types of cells in the body. His company, Deep Genomics, will use the predictive algorithms to “prioritize, […]

Robot sensor reads facial expressions to determine emotions

Sungkyunkwan University‘s Nae-Eung Lee has created a stretchable, transparent sensor that helps robots read facial expressions.  It senses smiling, frowning, brow-furrowing and eye-rolling.  The robot then detects movements, including slight changes in gaze, to determine whether people are laughing or crying, and where they are looking. The ultra-sensitive, wearable sensor layers a carbon nanotube film on two types of […]

Google expands AI research

Following its DeepMind acquisition 9 months ago, Google continues to build its artificial intelligence initiative, and has bought two University of Oxford spinoffs in the field. Dark Blue Labs, led by  Professor Nando de Freitas, Professor Phil Blunsom, Dr Edward Grefenstette and Dr Karl Moritz Hermann, will focus on research to enable machines, (computers or […]

Smartphone sensors power mental health app

Dartmouth professor Andrew Campbell has developed a mental health monitoring app based on automatic smartphone sensing. StudentLife compares students’ happiness, stress, depression and loneliness to their academic performance In a recent study, passive sensors continuously collected data on location, conversations, mobility, and sleep patterns of 48 participants over 10 weeks.  The students were also prompted with questions about their […]

MIT’s running, jumping cheetah robot, now wireless

MIT‘s Biomimetic Robotics Lab has  unveiled a robotic cheetah that jumps hurdles and sprints at 10 mph, mimicking the natural bounding motions of a cheetah.   The robot can leap across uneven terrain while still maintaining a steady speed, and cleared a 33 centimeter foam hurdle.  The research team believes that the robotic cheetah could eventually reach speeds of […]

AI matches patients with clinical trials — in seconds

The Mayo Clinic will use IBM’s Watson to match colorectal, lung, and breast cancer patients with clinical trials, expediting a slow and inefficient process.  170,000 patient studies are being conducted worldwide at any given time–8,000 at the Mayo Clinic. Processing clinical trials is done manually, which involves sorting through patient records to ensure that proper […]