The project was approved under the CIFAR AI Catalyst Grants Program, which is intended to address the COVID-19 pandemic and catalyze new research areas and collaborations in machine learning, providing funding for innovative, high-risk, high-reward ideas and projects.
Speaking with CTV London, Fyshe and her colleague Daniel Lizotte (Western University) explain more about the project and how they’re leveraging artificial intelligence to study mental health concerns during the pandemic.
“I think mental health shapes every part of our lives and also it affects different people in different ways,” says Fyshe. “So one person may find things easy to brush things off and another person may find it more difficult.”
“With artificial intelligence, we can do something a little more complex and we can look for groups of words that mean similar things. That allows us to see not just depressed or sad, but moody or down, and understand that those words used in particular context can mean depressed or sad,” says Fyshe.
“What we want to do is surface the information to people who are experts and can provide the supports … necessary for these moods and changes in culture during these trying times.”
The project is one of four COVID-related research initiatives by researchers from Amii, each in a distinct area of pandemic management: enabling drug discovery, creating a virtual data lab, detecting and monitoring illness, and tracking mental health.
In addition to working with Lizotte, Fyshe is collaborating on the project with Rumi Chunara of New York University and Brent Davis of Western University.
Learn more about how Amii is lending our expertise to high-impact initiatives in the global fight against COVID-19 at amii.ca/covid-19.
Sep 29th 2020
As part of this partnership, Alchemab is establishing a presence in Edmonton and hiring a dedicated apprentice to support advanced research sourced and supervised by Amii.
Sep 29th 2020
Amii has launched registration for the first cohort of the REMI program, Reducing Emissions through Machine Intelligence. The program will enable companies to leverage novel applications of artificial intelligence (AI) for projects that will have a measurable impact on emissions reduction in Alberta.
Sep 28th 2020
As reported by Artificial Lawyer in their recent article LIDI Project To Lower Legal Data Barriers, Help NLP Training, the freshly launched Legal Innovation Data Institute (LIDI) project aims to increase access to legal data.
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