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Machine Learning and Computer Vision for Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Helping One Child at a Time


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Despite significant recent advances in molecular genetics and neuroscience, behavioral ratings based on clinical observations are still the gold standard for screening, diagnosing, and assessing outcomes in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, the core of this talk. Such behavioral ratings are subjective, require significant clinician expertise and training, typically do not capture data from the children in their natural environments such as homes or schools, and are not scalable for large population screening, low-income communities, or longitudinal monitoring, all of which are critical for outcome evaluation in multisite studies and for understanding and evaluating symptoms in the general population. The development of computational approaches to standardized objective behavioral assessment is, thus, a significant unmet need in autism spectrum disorder in particular and developmental and neurodegenerative disorders in general. Here, we discuss how computer vision and machine learning can develop scalable low-cost mobile health methods for automatically and consistently assessing existing biomarkers, from eye tracking (gaze analysis) to movement patterns and affect and facial-based analysis, while also providing tools and big data for novel discovery. We will present results from our multiple clinical studies, where we have already collected the largest available data in the field, as well as the challenges of the discipline. The work presented here is in collaboration with Geri Dawson, Kim Carpenter, Jordan Hashemi, Zhuoqing Cheng, Dmitry Isaev, Matthieu Bovery, Steven Espinosa, Kathleen Campbell, Elena Tenenbaum, and others in this interdisciplinary team of MDs, therapists, engineers, developers, advocates, and most of all, children participants.


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Status Archived
Date Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
Time 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location Schiciano Auditorium, Side B
Leader Guillermo Sapiro
Enrolled 70 of 100