3 Ways Machine Learning Detects Breast Cancer in Medical Imaging: Part III

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 7/18/17 7:16 AM

In the past blog posts of this series on how machine learning detects breast cancer in medical imaging we discussed how computers can learn to interpret mammograms or ultrasounds. In this last article of the series, we discuss how artificial intelligence can assist doctors in the interpretation of histopathology exams.

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Balzano goes global with two conference presentations in one day

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 7/11/17 8:41 PM

Double feature made by Balzano on June 29: we presented our vision for AI in healthcare and our digital health approach at FutureMD and Botscamp. Read the summary of our talks at the two events below!

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Is A.I. Planting its Seeds in Crop Protection and Sustainable Agriculture?

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 7/5/17 5:27 AM

Machine learning can make agricultural companies turn greener by speeding-up pesticide development, allowing for localized treatment of infested crops, and minimizing the use of resources

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The Devil Wears PrA.I.da: Miranda Priestly and her A.I. Assistant

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 6/29/17 6:33 AM

11 years ago, on June 29, The Devil Wears Prada was released. If you watched the movie repeatedly, you certainly remember the Ambassador scene. It’s the night of the benefit, someone waves at Miranda Priestly, so she turns to her assistants to find out who the person is. But panic sets in: the first assistant can’t recall the identity of the mysterious man, who will turn out to be Ambassador Franklin.

Now it’s 2017 and her two assistants should be able to focus on other tasks rather than memorize two notebooks full of faces and names. A software would suffice. Plus, there wouldn’t be any memory loss issues. Who said automation is a man’s world? And who said it only has nerdy applications?

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3 Ways Machine Learning Detects Breast Cancer in Medical Imaging: Part II

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 6/21/17 10:51 PM

In the first blog post of this series on machine learning for the detection of breast cancer in medical imaging, we discussed how computers can learn how to interpret mammograms. The software developed by Dr. Becker and his colleagues from the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, reached a diagnostic accuracy comparable to that of radiologists, and it can be used as a second pair of eyes that quickly analyzes the medical images and instantly notifies the radiologists of its findings.

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Algorithm detects if you’re cheating on a test

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 6/14/17 5:47 AM

There must be smarter strategies than shutting down the Internet to avoid cheating on exams

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What Hitachi Smart CCTV Cameras Can Teach Us About Safe Driving

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 6/7/17 8:13 AM

Real-time people tracking: there’s more than video surveillance

When, on March 27, Hitachi announced the forthcoming release of a detection and tracking AI software that can distinguish between individuals who are in movement in real-time, it mostly referred to its potential applications in public safety and video surveillance. 

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Afraid of being misdiagnosed in the ED? What injuries should you avoid at what time?

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 6/2/17 9:47 AM

Broken feet at night have a higher chance of being misdiagnosed than broken legs at 9 am

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4 Ways Machine Learning Protects the Environment

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 5/31/17 8:16 AM

Monday, June 29, marked the beginning of the EU Green Week, an event organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment to discuss environmental policies. This year, the focus theme is “Green jobs for a greener future”. The organizers stress how traditional specializations will be characterized by additional sets of new skills. Being able to deal with technology is certainly one of them, and many jobs in the environmental sciences are already adopting these innovative tools. People working in this sector are no longer restricted to fieldwork and laboratory analyses. In this world, where we no longer program machines, but rather teach them, it means more than just filling in Excel tables and writing reports. In fact, environmental scientists can leverage artificial intelligence to deal better and faster with environmental issues, like global warming. Cognitive computing has the power to completely revolutionize their workflow, making it more efficient in terms of time, resources, and accuracy. How? Let’s explore some of the main applications used and under development.

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3 Ways Technology will Reduce Unreported Crimes and Reoffenders

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 5/24/17 7:34 AM

The rate of violent and property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants is more than 2 times higher in Switzerland than in the U.S. . I felt quite surprised when I came up with this number in my quiet apartment that I often leave unlocked, located on the border between St. Gallen and Appenzell. Moreover, I couldn’t believe the percentage of solved vehicle theft crimes in tranquil Switzerland (approx. 4.1%) was approx. 3 times lower than the U.S. clearance rate for the same crime (13.1%).

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