Sunday April 5, 2020

Researchers Develop AI Tool To Detect Changes in Mental Health of Patients

Changes in clinical states is important to detect if there is a change that shows whether the condition has improved or worsened that would warrant the need for changing treatment, the researchers said

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Tracking changes in clinical states is important to detect if there is a change in mental health that shows whether the condition has improved or worsened that would warrant the need for changing treatment. Pixabay

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can accurately detect changes in clinical states in voice data of patients with bipolar, schizophrenia and depressive disorders as accurately as attending doctors.

“Machine learning allowed us to illuminate the various clinically-meaningful dimensions of language use and vocal patterns of the patients over time and personalised at each individual level,” said Indian-origin researcher and study senior author Shri Narayanan from University of Southern California (USC) in the US.

The USC Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL), which has long applied artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify and classify video, audio and physiological data, partnered with researchers to analyse voice data from patients being treated for serious mental illnesses.

For the results, the researchers used the ‘MyCoachConnect’ interactive voice and mobile tool, created and hosted on the Chorus platform to provide voice diaries related to their mental health states.

SAIL team then collaborated with researchers to apply artificial intelligence to listen to hundreds of voicemails using custom software to detect changes in patients’ clinical states.

According to the study, the AI was able to match clinicians’ ratings of their patients.

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Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can accurately detect changes in clinical states in voice data of patients with bipolar, schizophrenia and depressive disorders as accurately as attending doctors. Pixabay

Changes in clinical states is important to detect if there is a change that shows whether the condition has improved or worsened that would warrant the need for changing treatment, the researchers said.

This project builds on SAIL’s body of work in behavioural machine intelligence to analyse psychotherapy sessions to detect empathy of addiction counselors-in-training in order to improve their chances of better outcomes, in addition to the Lab’s work analysing language for cognitive diagnoses and legal processes.

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“Our approach builds on that fundamental technique to hear what people are saying about using the modern AI. We hope this will help us better understand how our patients are doing and transform mental health care to be more personalised and proactive to what an individual needs,” said study lead author Armen Arevian. (IANS)

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Tech Gaint Apple Acquires AI-Based Platform To Improve its Virtual Assistant Siri

This is the second acquisition from Apple this week as it also acquired weather app Dark Sky

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The Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to use Voysis' technology to improve its virtual assistant Siri and the financial details of the deal has not been disclosed yet, The Irish Times reported late Friday. Pixabay

Apple has acquired Dublin-based startup Voysis, a conversational artificial intelligence (AI) platform that enables third parties to integrate high quality voice and natural language capabilities into their products.

The Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to use Voysis’ technology to improve its virtual assistant Siri and the financial details of the deal has not been disclosed yet, The Irish Times reported late Friday.

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“At Voysis, we believe voice will soon be the first point of contact between ‘man’ and machine. We believe that voice driven natural language interfaces will change the way people interact with consumer and enterprise facing applications by creating more intuitive, efficient, and personalized experiences,” according to the company’s LinkedIn bio.

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Apple has acquired Dublin-based startup Voysis, a conversational artificial intelligence (AI) platform that enables third parties to integrate high quality voice and natural language capabilities into their products. Pixabay

Voysis was founded in 2012 by Peter Cahill and Noel Ruane. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland, with additional office in Edinburgh, Scotland and Boston, Massachusetts.

The company has developed voice recognition platform driven by natural language instructions and search capabilities that is extremely good at recognising and responding to voice commands from users.

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This is the second acquisition from Apple this week as it also acquired weather app Dark Sky. (IANS)