Computational Psychiatry in IBM Research: An Overview from Neuroimaging to Language

Dates: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Location: 
NCS 220
Event Description: 

Computational Psychiatry in IBM Research: An Overview from Neuroimaging to Language

Presented by Guillermo Cecchie from IBM

Abstract: Mental diseases account for a large proportion of health cost in society, affecting (according to NIH) an estimated 18% of the population and approximating the staggering sum of a trillion dollars per year in the United States, alone. However, we lack reliable tools for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, despite the enormous amount of financial and human resources dedicated to collect neurophysiological, neuroanatomical and behavioral data from human subjects and animal models. We will discuss ongoing work in IBM Research aiming to bring computational approaches to mental health, from contributions to basic biomedical research to practical clinical applications. These efforts include longitudinal neuroimaging studies in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, and the diagnosis and prognosis of complex psychiatric disorders based on analytics of clinical interviews and at-home speech samples. We will also discuss the rationale for this type of research in an industrial laboratory, including the possibility of gaining insights from the vast knowledge acquired by psychiatry for the betterment of artificial intelligence.

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Event Title: 
Computational Psychiatry in IBM Research: An Overview from Neuroimaging to Language