• 27 February 2020
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Audrey Durand will be a co-researcher in a major project resulting from a Canada – UK initiative in AI

On February 24, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, and the British High Commissioner to Canada, Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, announced the launch of the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative. This new collaboration will fund 10 international interdisciplinary research projects in artificial intelligence.

These projects, led by Canadian and British principal researchers, will use artificial intelligence to address a number of challenges of today’s world, such as eliminating threats and offensive language on the Web, promoting equality and fairness in the workplace, improving transportation services, assisting neurosurgeons in their work or improving detection of future pandemics.

Audrey Durand, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, will be among the researchers involved in the project entitled “Artificial Intelligence to Create Equitable Multi-ethnic Polygenic Risk Scores that Improve Clinical Care”.

This project strives to minimize the biases that come into play in the choice of medical care. The artificial intelligence currently used in medicine to establish risk scores, ratings which have enabled the most recent advances in genomics and machine learning, tend to favour individuals of European descent, to the detriment of patients of other origins.

Read the article in ULaval Nouvelles

View the text of the official announcement

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