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Machine learning may sound scary to a certain extent (will robots take over the world ?!) but is definitely a great tool we can teach and learn from. Come see what computers can do for you, while you enjoy a beer.
What's around me? Audio augmented reality for blind users with a smartphone
Professor Jeremy Cooperstock (Professor - Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University)
Autour is an eyes-free mobile system designed to give blind users a better sense of their surroundings. The app allows users to explore an urban area without necessarily having a particular destination in mind, and gain a rich impression of their environment through a spatial audio description of the scene. This presentation describes some of the interface design challenges and safety concerns we faced, along with technical aspects of our implementation as relevant to achieving a system that was practical for wide-scale deployment.
Machine Learning in Healthcare
Nazanin Mohammadi Sepahvand (PhD Candidate – Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering / Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill University )
Machine learning is revolutionizing our world in so many ways. One area where machine learning has shown great potential is healthcare. In this talk, I will briefly introduce the field of Machine Learning and discuss some applications of this field in healthcare. In particular, I will discuss research conducted in my lab, where we examine the effects of machine learning techniques on complex challenges faced by doctors when diagnosing and developing treatments plans for patients with chronic illnesses.