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Teams Mentored by expert.ai Advance to the Finals of the Inaugural Big Ten Augmented Intelligence Bowl

12 October 2021

The Big Ten Augmented Intelligence (AI) Bowl enters the final round; Teams from Penn State and Northwestern, both mentored by expert.ai, will present their final case solutions to judges on October 22, 2021

Expert.ai is a proud sponsor and mentor of the inaugural ‘AI Bowl’ aiming to address health disparities. Hosted by the Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine (IAIM) at Northwestern University, the Big Ten AI Bowl brings together multi-disciplinary teams of talents in medicine and computer science from institutions representing the Big Ten Academic Alliance to answer the question: “How can AI address health disparities?”

“The Big Ten includes some of the best medical, engineering and computer science schools in the country,” said Abel Kho, MD, director of IAIM and the Center for Health and Information Partnerships. “We wanted to connect with talented teams that represent these disciplines to tackle one of the most pressing challenges underscored by this tumultuous year: health disparities. We’re thankful and inspired to see the great enthusiasm and support from the teams, mentors and sponsors.” 

Both the Penn State and Northwestern teams, mentored by expert.ai, have advanced to the final round of the competition, among teams from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Indiana University.

Penn State Proposal: Improving the readability of discharge instructions
Most health-related literature, such as hospital discharge instructions, is often written at a readability level that is too high for most intended recipients. The Penn State team proposes a solution which focuses on improving the readability of discharge instructions. By using a hybrid AI and rules-based system, they aim to suggest simplifications for language used in discharge instructions. The proposed system can be broken down into three major stages, each performing distinct tasks. This modularity allows the team to develop each stage concurrently while avoiding the potentially costly task of fine tuning an all-in-one AI solution.

Northwestern Proposal: Heart Failure Management & Patient Activation App
Heart failure (HF) is a major public health problem in the United States affecting nearly 6.5 million adults and contributing up to $11 billion in costs to the healthcare system each year. To improve HF outcomes equitably, the Northwestern University Team proposes to improve guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT) delivery overall and among marginalized populations. The team aims to achieve this through a two-part integrated analytics and mobile health solution enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning. The solution will improve patient activation and mitigate provider bias in care delivery.

On October 22, 2021, the five finalist teams will present their case solutions to a new panel of judges who will evaluate projects based on quality, feasibility, scalability and presentation. The winning team will be awarded $35,000 to implement their project; second place will receive $10,000 and third place will receive $5,000.

To learn more on the first Big Ten Augmented Intelligence Bowl and register to stay up-to-date on event logistics, visit this page.