Google, NIH, U of Arkansas to develop AI tools for biomedical research

Fayetteville-based University of Arkansas will partner with Google and National Institutes of Health engineers to build cloud-based modules for biomedical research.

University of Arkansas computer science professor Justin Zhan, PhD, will lead the research project. The cloud computing modules developed by Dr. Zhan's team will help biomedical researchers understand how artificial intelligence can help analyze big data in a medical setting, according to the Aug. 1 news release. 

The NIH awarded $140,135 in funding for the project. 

"Big data is transforming health and biomedical science," Dr. Zhan said. "The new technology is rapidly expanding the quantity and variety of imaging modalities, for example, which can tell doctors so much more about their patients. But this transformation has created challenges, particularly with storing and managing massive data sets. Also, while the big data revolution transforms biology and medicine into data-driven sciences, traditional education is responding slowly. Addressing this shortcoming is part of what we're trying to do."

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