Ai-Med is pleased to announce the winners of the annual abstract competition that culminated at the Ai-Med 2023 Global Summit in San Diego. The popular competition is a great opportunity for scientists, students, clinicians and researchers to bring their work before an interested and discriminating audience and esteemed panel of judges. 

The shortlisted participants, which included 3 impressive high school students, were invited to present at the Ai-Med 2023 Global Summit in San Diego. This years competition was supported by Elsevier and hosted by Nick Van Terheyden MD.  Judges Bob Hoyt MD, Piyush Mathur MD, Carlo Combi, Sharief Taraman, MD, Diana Ferro, PhD, ABAIM, MS, BS, Alfonso Limon, Ph.D, Flora Wan MASc, PMP, Anthony Chang MD, MBA, MPH, MS and Shelley Rusincovitch, MMCi, picked the top three, who received a cash prize and the opportunity to be published in Elsevier journal, Intelligence-Based Medicine. 

The winner chosen to be in first place was Luigi De Angelis from the University of Pisa. Luigi’s abstract on  the use of Natural Language Processing to analyze unstructured text of hospital discharge letters for surgical site infections identification and risk-stratification impressed judges. Luigi said: “I am flattered to receive this prize, the Ai-Med community truly inspired me to pursue research in this innovative field. Hospital-acquired infections surveillance will largely benefit from AI-driven approaches in the near future”

In 2nd place, George El-Ferzli from Nationwide Children’s Hospital presented ways of predicting extubation success in patients with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and a very close was Peter Vien from the University of Vermont, Larner College of Medicine who presented on AI improving the readability of digital health records.

Peter said: “Attending Ai-Med, my first academic convention, was such a great experience that it’s got me keen on attending more in the future. It was fantastic to mingle with others who are just as excited about the latest trends, with many of them actually leading in the field. Friendliness was the norm, and everyone stayed down-to-earth, regardless of their professional standing. Hopefully I will see everyone again in Orlando 2024! ”

The youngest participant, 15-year-old Tanay Chitlur presented an approach for Early Detection of CVD and Synthesis of a 12 Lead ECG using Density-Based Clustering and Generative Adversarial Networks and had this to say about the experience: “This was my first conference and it was a great experience. The conference was well organized and I loved the keynote presentations and the side sessions. I want to tell all the other kids interested in AI and medicine to go for it and don’t feel intimidated. Throughout the conference, I felt included and it was a great opportunity to network with professionals in the field and it opened my horizons about AI. Overall the experience was amazing and I am looking forward to the next opportunity to attend.” 

“Congratulations to all participants. There were amazing presentations from across the world based on solving real world problems” said Judge, Piyush Mathur. 

The three winning abstracts will be published in Elsevier journal, Intelligence-Based Medicine, and another abstract competition will take place at the 2024 AIMed Global Summit, scheduled for May 29-31 in Orlando. 

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