Professors at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond are collaborating with scholars from Qatar University to use various machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve human health.

Dr Ryad Ghanam, Professor of Mathematics at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of VCUarts Qatar and Dr Edward Boone, Professor at the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research at the College of Humanities and Sciences of VCU, are collaborating with Qatar University researchers, who are working on relating various genetic, metabolic, and proteomic measurements to predict the risk of heart attacks, stroke, atherosclerosis, and diabetes.

Dr Ryad Ghanam (right) and Dr Edward Boone (left)

They have all the measurements of these factors – there are hundreds of these factors – and are trying to make sense of how to relate these factors to disease status. The Mathematical Data Science Lab, which is led by Dr Ghanam and Dr Boone, is collaborating with the researchers to build an effective model for the study.

According to Dr Ghanam, they are dealing with big data and need to develop machine learning techniques such as Linear Discriminant Analysis and Support Vector Machines to handle the situation.

I am very grateful to VCUarts Qatar and Qatar Foundation for providing me with the necessary resources to be able to carry out the calculations and advance my research.

The collaboration is a prime example of how the Mathematical Data Science Lab, which is part of VCUarts Qatar’s Institute for Creative Research, can have a strong impact on the research being conducted in Qatar, and also on research that has the potential to improve human health.

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