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IISc and Wipro GE Healthcare Partner to Setup Healthcare Innovation Lab, Wipro Employees can Pursue PhD

IISc and Wipro GE Healthcare aim to solve some of the toughest healthcare challenges using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning through the lab

IISc and Wipro GE Healthcare announced the inauguration of an advanced center for innovation and research at the Indian Institute of Science campus in Bangalore- ‘WIPRO GE Healthcare – Computational and Data Sciences Collaborative Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence in Medical and Healthcare Imaging’.

The facility, located at the Department of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS) of IISc, Bangalore, will work on the next level of healthcare diagnostics with deep learning technology, artificial intelligence and future-ready digital interfaces, to provide highly sophisticated diagnostic and medical image-reconstruction techniques and protocols for faster and better imaging.

To start with, this facility will work with over fifty students and three faculty members of IISc. The thrust of this collaborative laboratory will be to work closely with clinicians as well as Wipro GE Healthcare to integrate these computational models into clinical workflows to help doctors improve patient outcomes.

Some of the use cases that the IISc and Wipro GE Healthcare collaboration will explore

  • Light-weight deep learning models for classification and segmentation of COVID-19 lesions in lung ultrasound and CT images.
  • Deep learning models for improving as well as classifying spectral-domain optical coherence tomography images in ophthalmology.
  • Deep learning-based medical image reconstruction methods.
  • Exploiting the structure of 3D volume data that necessitates fewer annotations, thereby reducing development time and annotation cost.

IISc will meet the infrastructural requirements for this lab including finished interiors, power backup, internet connectivity, air conditioning, etc. Wipro GE Healthcare, which is commemorating its 30 years of existence in the country, is supporting this centre with a one-time grant, as part of its CSR efforts.  This grant will be used to equip this lab with the necessary hardware and software tools: state-of-the-art Deep Learning Servers, Advanced Visualization Workstation, LED Monitors and software such as Pytorch, Tensor Flow, Keras and Pycharm.

GE Healthcare and IISc have had a longstanding relationship. The two institutions have partnered to promote innovation in healthcare imaging in several areas including research projects by faculty and students of IISc along with Wipro GE employees, funding fellowships for master’s programmes and internships, and an opportunity for Wipro GE employees to pursue PhD at IISc, among others. This innovation lab further cements our partnership in the emerging area of digital health.

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