“The facility, located at the Department of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS) of IISc, will work on the next level of healthcare diagnostics with deep learning technology, artificial intelligence and future-ready digital interfaces, to provide highly sophisticated diagnostic and medical image-reconstruction techniques and protocols for faster and better imaging,” the IISc said in a statement.
To start with, IISc said, this facility will work with more than 50 students and three faculty members of IISc. The thrust of this collaborative laboratory will be to work closely with clinicians as well as Wipro GE Healthcare to integrate these computational models into clinical workflows to help doctors improve patient outcomes.
Dileep Mangsuli, CTO, GE Healthcare, South Asia said, “The world of healthcare is getting transformed through use of digital technologies which can enable precision health. This transformation can be accelerated by building a collaborative ecosystem of industry and academia. This lab at IISc will help bring to market unique digital solutions which will get integrated into our Edison platform and intelligent devices, helping clinicians solve some of the toughest healthcare challenges.”
Some of the use cases that the collaboration will explore includes light-weight deep learning models for classification and segmentation of Covid-19 lesions in lung ultrasound and CT images.
Aside from this, it will also look at deep learning models for improving as well as classifying spectral domain optical coherence tomography images in ophthalmology; deep learning based medical image reconstruction methods and exploiting the structure of 3D volume data that necessitates fewer annotations, thereby reducing development time and annotation cost.
Prof Phaneendra Yalavarthy, convener of the collaborative lab and chair of the office of development and alumni affairs, IISc, said: “Private-public partnership is in the DNA of IISc and this collaborative lab in the space of artificial intelligence is timely, given the push for digital technologies. Translation of research work carried out in the lab into the clinic will be the priority, and there is no better industry partner in India than Wipro GE Healthcare that can accelerate this.”