American professor was awarded "Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity".
According to ECO Cultural Institute quoting TRT, the U.S.-Based Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) announced the winner of their new Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity, a brand-new $1 million award given to honor individuals whose work in the field has had a transformative impact on society.
The recipient, professor Regina Barzilay of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is being recognized for her work developing machine learning models to develop antibiotics and other drugs, and to detect and diagnose breast cancer at early stages.
Barzilay has conducted research on a range of topics in computer science, ranging from explainable machine learning to deciphering dead languages. Since surviving breast cancer in 2014, she has increasingly focused her efforts on healthcare. She created algorithms for early breast cancer diagnosis and risk assessment that have been tested at multiple hospitals around the globe, including in Sweden, Taiwan, and at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. She is now working with breast cancer organizations such as Institute Protea in Brazil to make her diagnostic tools available for underprivileged populations around the world.