‘A worldwide want’
Psychological well being is a urgent concern worldwide, and all of the extra so within the context of rolling COVID-19 lockdowns. Aifred Health co-founders acknowledge a necessity for higher managed and customized remedies and are addressing this problem utilizing machine studying.
“Despair and anxiousness alone is greater than a trillion-dollar burden worldwide, so it’s a worldwide want,” explains Marina Massingham, CEO of Aifred, which was based by a multidisciplinary crew of college graduates.
She says that whereas there are myriad therapy choices, they aren’t one dimension matches all.
“Nearly all remedies are efficient, however there may be particular person variation in response to therapy, therefore the necessity for synthetic intelligence (AI) to do customized matching of sufferers to particular person remedies.”
The way it works is sufferers reply brief questionnaires about their psychological well being on a weekly foundation. Aifred’s AI-driven app determines the optimum therapy for them, together with the chance for remission.
The know-how is finishing profitable pilots with medical doctors and sufferers from the Douglas Psychological Well being College Institute, the McGill College Well being Centre, the Jewish Common Hospital in Montreal and the Centre intégré de santé et des providers sociaux de l’Outaouais in Gatineau. It has additionally attracted companions at a number of universities in the UK and the USA.
Amidst a growing list of local and international accolades, the crew continues to work with District 3. They’re at present finishing the Launch & Grow Program in addition to MentorConnect, the place a crew of business specialists helps them scale their rising startup.
Combatting toddler mortality with AI
In keeping with the World Well being Group, a million kids die every year lower than 24 hours after delivery, typically from perinatal asphyxia.
Ubenwa is a startup that Charles Onu based to deal with this concern after coming face-to-face with it whereas working for a Nigerian non-profit group. Blood assessments can detect perinatal asphyxia, however the mandatory screening tools stays scarce in a lot of rural Africa.
As a substitute, Ubenwa is utilizing AI to detect modulations in a new child child’s cry that indicators asphyxiation and will, in flip, save lives. By profiting from automated voice recognition methods, the rising know-how can determine most circumstances.
In 2017, Onu started an 18-month scientific examine on the Montreal Kids’s Hospital, the Glen Web site of the McGill College Well being Centre and the State College Hospital of Science and Know-how in Enugu in northeastern Nigeria. The aim was to additional the reliability of the know-how.
The District 3 founder says his aim now’s to compress his synthetic neural community in order that it will possibly run autonomously on a cellular system to extend accessibility in distant areas.
Aerial marine animal detection in real-time
Montrealers will keep in mind the ill-fated humpback whale that was first noticed in late Might close to the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and met its demise downstream a pair weeks later. District 3 startup Whale Seeker goals to revolutionize visible whale detection. It’s one thing the co-founders say is especially accomplished utilizing the human eye.
This, they level out, is pricey, imprecise and sluggish. Governments course of images taken throughout surveys by hand with no complete device to efficiently handle whale conservation and marine site visitors. Months or years can go by earlier than the information is analyzed and motion taken.
Whale Seeker makes use of deep studying to supply speedy marine mammal detection instruments, superior picture evaluation and knowledge administration options. These applied sciences will be custom-tailored to purchasers’ particular wants and workflows — be they arctic monitoring, authorities wildlife administration, transport, oil and gasoline, militaries, conservation teams, ports or tourism.
“What we actually love about District 3 is that regardless of our distinctive startup, we’ve obtained help to develop our firm in the way in which we all the time meant,” says co-founder Emily Charry Tissier. “Our coach has been a cheerleader, a sounding board, somebody who has empowered us with concepts for progress.”
In case you are concerned with exploring entrepreneurship and constructing your world-changing startup, uncover the many programs available at Concordia’s District 3 Innovation Hub.