AI TO TACKLE COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS

Picture Cynthia Ritter, Wash.Univ.School of Medicine

2022-01-26

Article from ACM TechNews

An artificial intelligence (AI) technique developed by researchers at the U.K.’s University of the West of Scotland (UWS) can diagnose COVID-19 in a matter of minutes, versus two hours for a PCR test. Using x-ray technology, the technique compares scans to a database of about 3,000 images of healthy people, those with COVID-19, and those with viral pneumonia. It uses a deep convolutional neural network to compare the scans and make the diagnosis. In testing, researchers found the technique was more than 98% accurate. Said UWS’ Naeem Ramzan, “COVID-19 symptoms are not visible in x-rays during the early stages of infection, so it is important to note that the technology cannot fully replace PCR tests. However, it can still play an important role in curtailing the virus’ spread, especially when PCR tests are not readily available.”

See the full research report:

https://www.uws.ac.uk/news/groundbreaking-ai-technology-diagnoses-covid-19-in-minutes/

Gerhard Schimpf, the recipient of the ACM Presidential Award 2016, has a degree in Physics from the University of Karlsruhe. As a former IBM development manager and self-employed consultant for international companies, he has been active in ACM for over four decades. He was a leading supporter of ACM Europe, serving on the first ACM Europe Council in 2009. He was also instrumental in coordinating ACM’s spot as one of the founding organizations of the Heidelberg Laureates Forum. Gerhard Schimpf is a member of the German Chapter of the ACM (Chair 2008 – 2011) and a member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik. --oo-- Gerhard Schimpf, der 2016 mit dem ACM Presidential Award geehrt wurde, hat an der TH Karlsruhe Physik studiert. Als ehemaliger Manager bei IBM im Bereich Entwicklung und Forschung und als freiberuflicher Berater international tätiger Unternehmen ist er seit 40 Jahren in der ACM aktiv. Er war Gründungsmitglied des ACM Europe Councils und gehört zum Founders Club für das Heidelberg Laureate Forum, einem jährlichen Treffen von Preisträgern der Informatik und Mathematik mit Studenten. Gerhard Schimpf ist Mitglied des German Chapter of the ACM (Chairperson 2008 – 2011) und der Gesellschaft für Informatik.


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