September 17, 2023
SECAI Hosted Summer School on AI Applications for Medicine
From September 11th to September 15th, the School of Embedded Composite AI (SECAI) and the Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop (CeTI) welcomed around 60 PhD candidates and Master-level students from 17 countries and four continents to their Summer School on AI Applications for Medicine. The week was filled with a range of activities including keynotes and talks, workshops, collaboration sessions, and networking events.
The Summer School covered different areas in medicine and focused on in-depth insights and discussion of the impact and importance of AI in these areas. In his talk Towards clinical validation of a continuum surgical robotic system, Christos Bergeles from King's College London presented his research on surgical robotic systems that can operate in small, confined spaces like the human eye or brain. There it is the interaction of multiple disciplines – and their use of Artificial Intelligence – that advances the state of the art. The talk The Language of DNA by Anna Poetsch showcased how AI can help to better understand the human DNA and better evaluate the risk of genetic diseases. The importance of AI in a medical setting in industry was reflected by Shekoofeh Azizi working at Google DeepMind and her talk Exploring Foundation Models for Generalist Medical AI.
The Summer School featured workshop to provide the participants first-hand experience. The workshop Minimally Invasive Surgery – Hands on by Felix von Bechtolsheim taught the participants knowledge and practical skills in the field of minimally invasive surgical techniques as they could use simulators and surgical equipment. The workshop Introduction to Machine Learning by Peter Steiner provided comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts and practical applications of machine learning for participants who have been primarily working in a different area of AI in medicine. In addition to the workshops, the Summer School included a visit of either the Robotics Lab at the chair of Fellow Frank Fitzek or the research facilities of Fellow Stefanie Speidel, i.e., the NCT and its experimental operating room.