April Khademi

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Associate Professor Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering Toronto, Ontario akhademi@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4103

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When April Khademi began her master’s degree, the medical community wasn’t quite ready to embrace or adopt machine learning for medical images. Physicians during this time said the field “wouldn’t go anywhere.” Then, along came IBM Watson, the AI platform designed to compete against Jeopardy! cha...

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Bio/Research

When April Khademi began her master’s degree, the medical community wasn’t quite ready to embrace or adopt machine learning for medical images. Physicians during this time said the field “wouldn’t go anywhere.” Then, along came IBM Watson, the AI platform designed to compete against Jeopardy! champions, and health-care professionals opened their minds to the power of artificial intelligence. “Now, clinicians are embracing these technologies and looking forward to integrating it into their practice,” she says. “It has the potential to change the way medicine is practiced and ultimately improve the quality of care for patients.”

Clinical applications come naturally to Khademi, whose experience in industry and commercialization helps make translation of machine learning algorithms for medical imaging a reality. Her automated MRI analysis algorithms detect new biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases, and characterize breast cancers in digital pathology images – work that, up until recently, was manually done using only a microscope. The result is faster, more objective diagnoses, fewer mistakes and, overall, higher quality of care.

Khademi brings that same industrial focus to her teaching, which relies heavily on design-based labs and practical implementation. Her teaching philosophy is encapsulated by the wise words of Albert Einstein: “Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.”


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