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AI-System to Detect Specks of Lung Cancer

The approach is similar to the algorithms that facial-recognition software uses. It scans thousands of faces looking for a particular pattern to find its match

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Researchers from University of Central Florida in the US have taught a computer how to detect tiny specks of lung cancer in computed tomography (CT) scans, which radiologists often have a difficult time identifying.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) system is about 95 per cent accurate, compared to 65 per cent when done by human eyes, the team said.

“We used the brain as a model to create our system,” one of the researchers Rodney LaLonde said in a statement released by the university.

The approach is similar to the algorithms that facial-recognition software uses. It scans thousands of faces looking for a particular pattern to find its match.

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The group fed more than 1,000 CT scans into the software they developed to help the computer learn to look for the tumours, according to the research to be presented at the MICCAI 2018 conference in Spain in September.

“I believe this will have a very big impact,” said Assistant Professor Ulas Bagci.

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“Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the US and if detected in late stages, the survival rate is only 17 percent. By finding ways to help identify earlier, I think we can help increase survival rates,” Bagci added.

The next step is to move the research project into a hospital setting. After that, the technology could be a year or two away from the marketplace, Bagci said. (IANS)

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Dell EMC Announces New Solutions Based on Artificial Intelligence

According to an IDC estimate, 40 per cent of digital transformation initiatives will use AI services by 2019

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To help organisations realise the full potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Dell EMC on Tuesday announced new solutions designed to simplify the AI environment and accelerate its adoption.

With the new “Ready Solutions for AI”, organisations no longer have to individually source and piece together their own solutions, Dell EMC said in a statement.

Instead, they can rely on a Dell EMC-designed and validated set of best-of-breed technologies for software – including AI frameworks and libraries – with compute, networking and storage, the company added.

Dell EMC said its portfolio of services, including consultation, deployment and support, among others, helps customers drive the rapid adoption and optimisation of their AI environments.

“There’s no doubt that AI is the future, and our customers are preparing for it now,” said Tom Burns, Senior Vice President, Networking and Solutions, Dell EMC.

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“Our goal is to lead the industry with the most powerful and fully-integrated AI solutions. What we’re announcing today allows customers at any scale to start seeing better business outcomes and positions them for AI’s increasingly important role in the future,” Burns added.

According to an IDC estimate, 40 per cent of digital transformation initiatives will use AI services by 2019.

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The new AI solutions from Dell EMC come with specialised designs for Machine Learning (ML) with Hadoop, an ecosystem of open source components, and Deep Learning with Nvidia, a US-based computer chip manufacturer.

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organisations to modernise, automate and transform their data centre using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. (IANS)

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