UNCW Hosts AI & Health Series to Promote Collaboration Around Healthcare Innovation in Education

UNCW Hosts AI & Health Series to Promote Collaboration Around Healthcare Innovation in Education

10/19 - CHHS, in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences (I3S), held its first Artificial Intelligence & Health Seminar Series event on Sept. 23.

To kick off the yearlong grant-funded series, Chris Hillier, executive director of the Innovation Center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, presented current innovations in medicine and the implications of using AI in practice for the future to a crowd of over 145 students, faculty, staff and community members.

The AI & Health Seminar Series is designed to prepare UNCW to be recognized as a hub of excellence in artificial intelligence (AI) and health by creating a platform to promote interdisciplinary collaboration around healthcare innovation in education, research and product development. The formal presentation series will allow for speakers to be brought to campus to explore standing up an emerging center focused on AI and health. There has been immense excitement and apprehension about how technology and AI might be used in healthcare. AI mimics human cognitive function to increase accessibility of healthcare, detect disease earlier, provide treatment and make better use of healthcare data through analytic techniques.

The series will highlight aspects of healthcare innovation, including AI techniques, virtual reality, machine learning, precision medicine, technology, such as mobile applications, and augmented reality, as well as cyber security (e.g., protected health data). It would allow cultivation of interdisciplinary collaboration and ultimately lead to submitting for and receiving future extramural funding of projects focused on AI and health.

Please join CHHS on Nov. 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. in UNCW’s Lumina Theater for a presentation around the implications and increased popularity of population health care, used to diagnose, treat and predict disease condition across diverse patients.

Speakers will include Dr. Mohd Anwar, associate professor of computer science at North Carolina A&T State University and Dr. Karl Ricanek, director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences (I3S) and professor of computer science at UNCW.  

The public is invited to this free presentation and should park in the visitor lot.

For more information about the series, please visit: https://uncw.edu/research/aihealthseries/.