Kay Connelly, IU Luddy School associate dean ot research. Courtesy photo
Kay Connelly, IU Luddy School associate dean ot research. Courtesy photo
From the technology that helps self-driving cars recognize stop signs, to medical advancements that help produce COVID-19 vaccines, to studying the unconscious bias found in algorithms, the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering is involved in all parts of AI development.

As artificial intelligence continues to infiltrate everyday life, IU’s researchers are focused on developing these technologies, while working to ensure their research is safe and ethical. The Luddy Center for Artificial Intelligence is set to open this month, providing researchers a place to focus on the intersection of robotics, complex networks, health and social media.

AI in medicine

Kay Connelly, Luddy School’s associate dean of research, studies proactive health and AI technologies that can help the terminally ill and older people as they age, specifically wearable devices. She said proactive health is like “Fitbit before Fitbit.”

Her work is key in one of IU’s Grand Challenges, and it tackles how to get the right treatment to patients at the right time. To research how to treat gestational diabetes, women are given wearable devices to track their heart rate, sleep and physical activity. The hope is to prevent development of the disease and stop it from becoming Type 2 diabetes.

Gestational diabetes diagnoses come during a woman’s pregnancy, according to mayoclinic.org, and the data collected from these wearable devices allows researchers to detect which women are at higher risk to develop gestational diabetes. 

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