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Machine can warn about critical illness and money fraud in seconds

Eight UiA researchers have gained international recognition for developing artificial intelligence which can perform complex tasks 50 times faster and more accurately than a human.

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Researchers at UiA have been recognised for developing a new type of artificial intelligence.
These researchers at CAIR (Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research) at UiA have been recognised for developing a new type of artificial intelligence.

Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo is one of eight researchers who have further developed the so-called Tsetlin machine. It is a new type of artificial intelligence invented at UiA which can perform tasks that today are done by humans in a more efficient and faster way.

“The Tsetlin machine has many applications because it is based on human logic. We have managed to make the machine up to 50 times faster. Here we have succeeded with language comprehension, efficiency and accuracy”, Granmo says.

The research was done in collaboration with colleagues Kuruge Darshana Abeyrathna, Bimal Bhattarai, Morten Goodwin, Saeed Rahimi Gorji, Lei Jiao, Rupsa Saha and Rohan Kumar Yadav.

Forskerne Ole-Christoffer Granmo, Lei Jiao, Saeed Rahimi Gorji, Rupsa Saha, Bimal Bhattarai, og Rohan Kumar Yadav.

From left: Researchers Ole-Christoffer Granmo, Lei Jiao, Saeed Rahimi Gorji, Rupsa Saha, Bimal Bhattarai, and Rohan Kumar Yadav. Morten Goodwin and Kuruge Darshana Abeyrathna are part of the project but are not pictured here.


Alerts about breast cancer, bankruptcy and fraud

This type of artificial intelligence can automate work tasks in hectic professions, giving doctors and nurses, for example, more time with patients.

“We helped the Hospital of Southern Norway with artificial intelligence that automatically finds information from patient records. It provides suggestions for diagnosis and prognosis based on symptoms and test results. It can predict the chance of recurrence of breast cancer, for example”, Ole-Christoffer Granmo says.

UiA researchers have made the machine flexible enough to be used in many contexts. It can for example predict the risk of bankruptcies in businesses and detect fraud in transaction data sets.

 Lederne av forskningsprosjektet er Ole-Christoffer Granmo og Lei Jiao. 

The leaders of the research project: Lei Jiao and Ole-Christoffer Granmo.

UiA on list with Oxford and Google

The research from the University of Agder has been noticed and published by ICML (International Conference on Machine Learning). This is considered the top tier in this field of research and is the leading academic conference in machine learning.

“It can be compared to a world championship or the Olympic Games. This is where the best artificial intelligence communities from Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, Facebook and Google participate”, Granmo says.

Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo leads CAIR. He hopes the publicity can attract international attention to the kind of research, teaching and innovation that takes place at UiA.

“This is important because we want to attract students and new employees who can help improve UiA. The ICML conference has enormous international visibility. Their papers are read all over the world by all the renowned research communities”, he says.