Bucharest AI 1-year Anniversary #Healthtech Edition

Alexandra Petrus
May 14, 2018 · 8 min read

Notes from the Bucharest AI Meetup 8.0

🙌 Gargantuan thanks for joining us in celebrating our 1-year anniversary through a fantastic healthtech edition. Exciting and rewarding seeing such a healthy and powerful community rise up and teaming up in exchanging knowledge, connections and AI focused debates, all in such a friendly and supportive manner. We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to partner, on this occasion, with hard working and mindful partners like: Adobe, Commons and Jidvei, to deliver you a truly special event. We didn’t plan for the little tech difficulties but we’re truly amazed by the supportive and fair play approach you guys had towards enjoying and taking the most of the knowledge and opportunity. That’s such a powerful ecosystem we are building up together.

Powerful things happen when like-minded people connect.

This edition we focused on:

  • Keynote “AI in Medicine — should doctors be afraid of AI?” by Vlad Mixich and Stefan Voinea. How will AI change the Romanian healthcare system in the next decade? They tried to answer these questions and many more.
  • ‘360 degrees Approach to a HealthTech Startup’ > Business Approach, by Elena Ovreiu, CEO & Co-Founder LiveCare — monitoring vital signs and real-time detecting arrhythmias, Founder of International Summer School on Imaging for Medical Applications, Lecturer at Politehnica University of Bucharest and Journalist, Presenter & Creative Producer of ‘Trust me, I’m an Engineer’ Radio Show. >Hardware Approach, by Ion Mocanu, CTO & Co-founder LiveCare, a software & hardware engineer with more than 10 years of experience in designing wearable medical devices, 5 years of experience as entrepreneur and a PhD candidate in Medical Devices. > Algorithms Approach, by Nicolae Cudlenco & Marius Leordeanu. Nicolae Cudlenco is a Software Engineer with a BSc in Computer Science. He is also a Master’s candidate in AI with a focus on healthcare at University Politehnica of Bucharest. Nicolae walked us through LiveCare’s AI approach to classify arrhythmias from ECG. Marius Leordeanu, for the second time at Bucharest.ai, is a CSO & Co-Founder LiveCare, Associate Professor of Robotics and A.I. at Politehnica University of Bucharest, Researcher at the Romanian Academy, and has a PhD in Robotics — Carnegie Mellon Univ.
  • AI Policy Series, Episode 1/6: Policy & Ethics of AI in #Healthcare, by Yolanda Lannquist — AI Policy Researcher at The AI-Initiative based at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Keynote: AI in Medicine — Should doctors be afraid of AI?

Vlad Mixich is a well renowned Romanian Journalist and Health Policy Expert, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

Stefan Voinea is an IT expert with experience in developing nation-wide software solutions for the Romanian healthcare system, fellow of the U.S. Department of State and winner of the 2016 Romanian Google Editors Lab Hackathon.

Both are members of the Romanian Health Observatory and raised up quite some thought provoking approaches on how AI will change the Romanian healthcare system in the next decade.

As we learned from a previous Bucharest AI edition, from Accenture’s 2018 Reworking the Revolution Report, employment in the health care sector is expected to increase by 15% from 2018 to 2020.

👆Click for slides deck from Vlad Mixich.

👆Click for slides deck from Stefan Voinea.

Keynote: ‘A 360 degrees Approach to a HealthTech Startup’

Team LiveCare.life

This is the very first attempt at a 360 degrees approach to understanding the workings of a startup. Why it’s important to talk business and hardware alongside the AI algorithms approach? Because building a successful product / business is not only due to using the best AI algos or most efficient ones. Talking AI shouldn’t be done just in connection to its deep tech approach, but also in connection to problems and issues it may address and issues’ context and third party dependencies (regulations, forecasts etc) that may greatly influence its success or fail. Using AI in alignment to the rest of the strategy (having a strategy, firsthand;)) and making everything work harmonically is something we’re keen in discovering. Building products for grander impact requires a grander look and a mindful consideration to the rest of the areas that make a business tick. We’re grateful for having had LiveCare.life at this edition and salute its team effort.

The Business Approach

Elena Ovreiu is CEO and Co-founder of LiveCare, company aiming at making medical technology accessible and affordable to everybody. LiveCare also creates wearable technology for cardiac diseases. Elena wears many hats and is also Founder and Project Manager at the International Summer School on Imaging for Medical Applications, Lecturer at Politehnica University of Bucharest, and Journalist, Presenter & Creative Producer of the Radio Show “Trust me, I’m an engineer”, which brings weekly the latest innovation on medical technology.

The Hardware Approach

Ion Mocanu, LiveCare’s CTO & Co-founder LiveCare, which is both a software & hardware engineer at core with experience in designing wearable medical devices and Phd candidate in Medical Devices walked us to flows and challenges. Power management is something tricky that we found out more about and many more. What got LiveCare to an alpha hardware prototype involved quite a lot of work and debunking hypotheses.

The AI / Algorithms Approach

Marius Leordeanu, LiveCare’s CSO & Co-Founder, Associate Professor of Robotics and A.I. at Politehnica University of Bucharest, Researcher at the Romanian Academy, and PhDer in Robotics @Carnegie Mellon Univ. together with Nicolae Cudlenco, Software Engineer with a BSc in Computer Science and a Master’s candidate in AI, teamed up to build LiveCare’s AI to classify arrhythmias from ECG. Certainly no easy job as well.

Finding out more details about the route they took and results they got just shows up the amount of effort and level of determination one has to building grander impactful solutions to real problems.

👆Click for slides deck from all three perspectives: Business, Hardware, AI Algorithms. Bonus: International Summer School on Imaging for Medical Applications in Sibiu, this Summer.:)

AI Policy Series, Episode 1/6: Policy & Ethics of AI in #Healthcare

The AI Policy Series is a Series ran by Yolanda Lannquist, AI Policy Researcher at The AI-Initiative based at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It is a session full of debates, thoughts provoking moments and an abundance of useful knowledge and info from the AI Policy scene. It shows with every inch, the importance of regulations, context, standards and understanding of our own selves for our position towards using AI in our life to solving problems.

Some of the topics raised for debate can be considered for other verticals, such as automotive with its autonomous vehicles. Stay tuned for more episodes from the AI Policy Series @Bucharest AI.

👆Click for slides deck or Click for Yolanda’s Medium article discussing this material at more length.

Who attended Bucharest AI 8.0?

That’s more than 100 of AI practitioners and enthusiasts. :) Doctors, engineers, scientists, students, radio voices and many more. As our anniversary edition, it was our utmost pleasure to be joined by such a knowledgeable and mindful audience. We tried squeezinging in some trivia and a few little prizes from our sponsors (Adobe, Commons and Jidvei).:) We’ll try keeping up the trivia for sure as it was most welcome during little breaks.:) Here’s a little anniversary video from the meetup.:)

Thank you for a year of AI knowledge, talks and connections. The power of a community it’s always the sum up of efforts and voices within, so let’s build an even stronger local AI voice and ecosystem together.

Want to present your challenge in future Bucharest AI events? Kindly register by filling this short form.

When’s the next meetup & workshop?

As we try to diversify our efforts and mix up the Bucharest AI events, we have two new formats that we’d like to welcome you at.

  1. The First Bucharest AI Workshop — Building Recommender Systems, Saturday, May 19. An in-depth, hands-on workshop delivered in partnership with Adobe Romania and the training team led by Ruxandra Burtica, Data Engineer. The event will take place between 9:30–14:00 at Adobe Romania, Timișoara Bd 26Z, Bucharest, Romania. This activity does not require prior Machine Learning experience. The workshop targets all developers interested in getting a better understanding of when to use, how to design, how to implement, and how to improve Recommender Systems.

Requirements:

* experience coding in Python;

* a working Python development environment setup on your laptop.

Available spots are limited. To register, follow the link: http://bit.ly/workshop-rs. Selected participants will be announced by May 16.

2. A joint meetup event where Bucharest JS, Bucharest Big Data and Bucharest AI team up to deliver you an edition focused on building Product Recommendations with Machine Learning. Come see how you can use MLlib to build product recommendation systems by employing both traditional ML techniques such as collaborative filtering, as well as more novel, deep-learning approaches which make use of Recurrent Neural Networks. Book your seat.

Have any feedback or recommendation for us? Ping us directly at contact@bucharest.ai or Alex, Mircea, Raoul, Ioana and Silviu. Fancy more a feedback form? Fill it out.:) Every support and feedback matters, don’t hold it, kindly share it.:)

✌️ See you this May, 19th for the workshop and 24th for the joint meetup event. :)

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Alexandra Petrus

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New Tech Product Strategist & ENFJ-T | @BucharestAI |@Women_in_AI | ex-VP Products @reincubate | ❤#products #innovation #emergingtech #AI

Bucharest AI

Cluster for Romanian AI practitioners and enthusiasts, startups, academia, curated global AI use cases, challenges and lessons learned. Join us to understand, ignite and refine transformative ideas, products and services in the applied Artificial Intelligence sphere.

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