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Exploring AI's revolutionary role in healthcare: join EIT Digital's one-week course in Tel Aviv

This fall, EIT Digital - in collaboration with the innovation hub The Arena- will offer a one-week course  in Tel Aviv. Prepare to dive headfirst into the boundless realm of artificial intelligence and its revolutionary impact on human existence, particularly within the healthcare sector.

The possible applications for AI in healthcare are wide ranging: from drug discovery, to imaging, to assistance with diagnostics. EIT Digital's "AI for Healthcare Innovation" course, running 12-16 November gives students a general introduction to the possibilities - and limitations - of using AI in healthcare.

The programme is part of EIT Digital's new "Summer School on the Road" initiative, which involves courses taking place outside of Europe during the autumn. The goal is to introduce new students and professionals to the EIT Digital educational and innovation ecosystem, adding to the community of potential learners for EIT Digital's Master School.

The target audience of AI for Healthcare Innovation includes anyone working on their bachelor's degree, or with a higher level of education, according to Naomi Blank, one of the instructors. Course participants might be students in the health field, the IT field, or other fields, or they may be professionals. Blank explained the team developing the course has created similar "courses for people who deal with technology in their work, so they are not students but are already working." Apply by 15 September to participate.

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What students learn

The course will survey basic topics, such as machine learning, algorithms, privacy and ethics, system structures, and more. It will include a chance to listen to an AI panel and visit a company employing AI in healthcare.

The goal is to give students the feeling, the sense of knowledge and the confidence they need in order to successfully lead the conceptualisation and implementation of AI systems for healthcare. Most of the modern systems incorporate AI in healthcare, so it will be valuable to anyone to gain some knowledge in this field.

Alex Blekhman, systems engineer and course instructor

Along with an overview of natural language processing, in particular the large language model made possible by AI, there will be discussion of computer visioning, which involves teaching computers to analyse images. This field is already revolutionising the reading of medical imaging, such as x-rays and CT scans.

The course helps students understand the theory behind how technology works, and the different phases involved. Equally important, it also helps students  understand the limitations of AI.

We want to teach them how to be a bit more sceptical about the answers and how to look for better sources and how to better guide the language model, so they would get something that is a bit more reliable.

Uri Goren, AI and health specialist 

As with all EIT Digital courses, this course will also feature discussion of entrepreneurship, with a mention of the steps students would go through to create a new business in healthcare and AI.

A great location

The course participants are expected to be a diverse, multi-sectoral and international group. Training and accommodations will be in "the best location ever" according to Nofar Sharan Reicher, one of the course organisers.

The Prima Link Hotel is just outside of Tel Aviv, with easy public transit access to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for those who want to tour Israel.

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