AIM-AHEAD program featured at supercomputer conference

Supercomputer ConferenceAn HSC program was featured as part of a panel discussion and workshop held at a supercomputing conference in Denver last month.

The Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity (AIM-AHEAD) program, a National Institutes of Health-funded national consortium created in partnership with The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, was invited to present at the SC23 conference in Denver from November 12-17.

SC23, which organizers describe as “the international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis,” is an annual conference that hosts several speakers, panels, workshops, tutorials, and more for students, academics, and professionals in the world of high-performance computing.

Lavi Vishwanatha, the Research Enterprise Solutions Director with UNTHSC’s Institute of Health Disparities (IHD) and PMO Director with AIM-AHEAD, took part in the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Data to Scientist” panel at the Ninth Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop (CAFCW23).

In her presentation, Vishwanatha explained the main potential sources of bias in AI systems in healthcare and how AIM-AHEAD’s seven programs each take aim at reducing health disparities and increasing researcher diversity.

“SC23 is a premier event showcasing the advances in supercomputing, artificial intelligence and machine learning,” she said. “The NCI-sponsored workshop highlights the application of AI/ML in addressing cancer and cancer disparities. This area is one of the AIM-AHEAD North Stars.”

Vishwanatha says that the workshop was a hit among conference-goers. “Highlighting the important work AIM-AHEAD is doing in addressing health equity and researcher diversity was well-received by the participants.”

The AIM-AHEAD coordinating center is supported by NIH under OT2OD032581 to Univ of North Texas Health Science Center.

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