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‘Citizen scientists’ help disease-tackling AI through new game

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 11, 2019 13:02

‘Citizen scientists’ help disease-tackling AI through new game

Scientists have called on the public to participate in an interactive game with the aim of speeding up artificial intelligence data analysis at the UK’s Diamond Light Source science facility.

The particle accelerator in Harwell, England, produces 500 terabytes of biological data a month which is hugely labour-intensive for researchers to analyse.Launching ‘Science Scribbler – Virus Project’ in collaboration with citizen science platform ‘Zooniverse’, it offers researchers a solution by reducing data collection and analysis using the help of citizen scientists. Members of the public play a simple, interactive game where they identify viruses in different lifecycles in a variety of high and low-resolution images.

Participates do not need a science background. The hope is this will help artificial intelligence improve so it can eventually automate the segmentation of viruses effectively itself. This will help scientists understand disease structures more and let them work on drug development.According to project coordinator, Dr. Mark Basham, there is a gap in artificial intelligence understanding of identifying images of viruses.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 11, 2019 13:02

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