C2ST Speakeasy: “Machine Learning and Medical Imaging” with Dr. Miles Wernick

December 15, 2015

Geek Bar Beta
1941 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA


“Machine learning”—a form of artificial intelligence—has received increasing attention in the news media, owing to its increasingly widespread impact on our everyday lives. Today, machine learning allows computers to understand speech, recommend movies, and beat the best human player at Jeopardy.  Prof. Miles Wernick will explain the basic ideas behind this important technology, and will describe how he has used machine learning in various medical applications.

Dr. Wernick’s work has focused on medical imaging, the means by which medical diagnoses are made through technologies such as MRI, CT, and PET scanning.  Dr. Wernick will explain the principles of the PET scan, a real-life application of antimatter (the particles that powered the USS Enterprise from Star Trek), and will describe how a company that he co-founded is using PET scans to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders associated with aging.  He will also talk about various other applications of machine learning in medical imaging, including a search engine for mammograms, and tools finding and diagnosing disease in a variety of situations.

Event Details

C2ST Speakeasy is held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Attendance is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. To register, click HERE or on the “Get Tickets” button below. Seating is first come, first serve, and registration does not guarantee a seat.

People under 21 are welcome at Geek Bar until 9:00pm. (See Geek Bar’s age policy)

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