Paul Rhodes
Specific Technologies

A novel and important problem in spatiotemporal pattern classification

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 at 04:00pm
560 Evans

Specific Technologies uses a sensor response that consists of a vector time series, a spatiotemporal fingerprint, to classify bacteria at the strain level during their growth. The identification of resistant strains of bacteria has become one of the world's great problems (here is a link to a $20M prize that the US govt has issued: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/federal-prize-competition-seeks-innovative-ideas-combat-antimicrobial-resistance). We are using deep convolutional nets to do this classification, but they are instantaneous, and so do not capture the temporal patterns that are often at the core of what differentiates strains. So using the full temporal character of the sensor response time series is a cutting edge neural ML problem, and important to society too.

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