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IBM and UC(San Diego) to research on AI for Healthy Living

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IBM and University of California San Diego announced a project to enhance a quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL), which is located at the University Campus.

IBM announced this in press release.

The collaboration is made for over 5 years project and this will bring technology, artificial intelligence and life sciences knowledge of the two organizations together to promote clinical research and application in Healthy Aging and the Human Microbiome area.

“This is a very prestigious relationship for UC San Diego, the first university on the West Coast to collaborate with the IBM Cognitive Horizons Network,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Our campus, one of the top 15 research universities in the world, is home to changemakers whose innovation will help advance cognitive wellness to make a difference in our lives.”

“We’re committed to collaborating with the best minds in academia to inspire the next generation of scientists by providing access to leading-edge AI tools and expertise to solve real problems that impact human lives,” said Dr. John Kelly III, IBM senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research. “This new collaboration with UC San Diego is the latest example of how we’re executing on this AI vision — and we are thrilled to bring our global AI research resources to Southern California to engage the wealth of local talent.”

The overall goal of the projects is to study the impact of daily habits, environment, genetics and the microbiome on cognition of older adults in deep. During the project, the team anticipates that machine learning algorithms for sensing, understanding, modeling, personalizing and informing will be developed, with consideration to human-centered design, and testing in real world environments.

A number of faculties joining the research including computer science, cognitive science, engineering and medicine and psychiatry.

The collaborative research initiative will use AI to comb through massive amounts of data to enable healthier living. Funds will be used to support faculty research; trainee stipends including opportunities for UC San Diego graduate and undergraduate students; administrative support; equipment; and corporate affiliation.

The Healthy Aging project will be led by Virginia de Sa, a professor in Cognitive Science, and Laurel Riek, a Computer Science professor. The human microbiome theme will be led by Rob Knight and Larry Smarr, director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, as well as Sandrine Miller-Montgomery, a Jacobs School of Engineering faculty member and executive director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation. As part of the IBM-UC San Diego partnership, IBM will join the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation as a platinum sponsor.