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“Vector Institute is delighted to recognize Western’s collaborative specialization in machine learning and health and biomedical sciences. The program joins 26 other Vector recognized master’s programs across Ontario, and will contribute to building a strong AI workforce and community of researchers who are harnessing machine learning to address some of the most pressing challenges in health.”

Melissa Judd, Vice-president, research operations and academic partnerships, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence 

Harnessing machine learning to solve complex health challenges

Through big data analysis, machine learning has the potential to answer critical questions in health and medicine. To help answer some of these questions, as well as drive innovation in health care, Western University launched a Collaborative Specialization in Machine Learning in Health and Biomedical Science. 

Each year, the program will bring together 30 master’s and doctoral students with degrees in computer science, health, engineering or medicine to foster interdisciplinary collaboration by bridging the knowledge gap between disciplines. Together, students will apply machine learning to solve complex health issues – from reprogramming surgical robots to identifying early dementia speech patterns and creating algorithms that can predict mental illness.   

The program is also recognized by the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Vector AI), which means it joins a network of 26 other Vector AI-recognized master’s programs across Ontario that are working to build a strong AI workforce and helping fill in-demand jobs with public and private health industry employers.  

For more information, visit Western University.