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Team DOC - Class of 2024

Mission Statement

Developing software to detect and predict the spread of cancer, using novel techniques in computer vision and machine learning. We hope to resolve long-standing inequities in global healthcare systems by reducing the barriers to access to get routine, comprehensive medical screenings and diagnostics.

Research question

How can we create a general purpose machine learning model to screen for the most damaging forms of cancer?

Scope and Summary

Many countries and communities around the world do not have access to medical specialists, and instead receive most of their medical care from primary care physicians and small clinics. Due to the limited resources, healthcare providers in these poorer communities focus on trying to treat patients since they do not have the resources to do things like yearly screenings. Even in the cases where physicians in these communities do screenings, it can be difficult to predict the progression of a disease and how aggressively to respond without the input of a specialist.

However, due to advances in machine learning technology as well as increased inter connectivity in poorer communities (thanks to projects like SpaceX’s Starlink satellites) , we take advantage of these new developments and help automate part of the disease screening and prediction process for physicians in poorer areas.

This research area has been explored before. For example, the data science site Kaggle had a challenge for researchers to build a disease screening system for diabetic retinopathy, a blindness causing side effect of diabetes, using computer vision and machine learning. However, this project would go further since it would also involve the prediction of how a disease will progress, will have the advantage of running on low powered hardware, and will explore equitable ways of deploying this technology in existing healthcare systems.

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Contact

Web Liasion: Arjun Vedantham

Team Mentor: Dr. Soheil Feizi

Team Librarian: Milan Budhathoki

Team Members: Yael Beshaw, George Cancro, Darren Chang, Njikem Fomengia, Chris Jose, Vanshika Mehta, Arjun Vedantham, Ritvik Yaragudipati