06 December, 2021
On the last day of the week-long KAUST Research Open Week, the events centered on the theme of food and health. Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering Dr. Alison Noble of the University of Oxford was among the invited guests.
A computer scientist by training, her talk on smart medical ultrasound technology explored interesting topics such as whether a computer can predict where a sonographer should look. Her research seeks to combine conventional ultrasound scanning artificial with advances in automated image analysis, intelligence and deep learning-based techniques to transform the field of health care. Such improvements include better data collection, more time for patient-doctor relations, and accessibility. An interesting concept was portable ultrasound technology to increase accessibility for patients in remote or poor areas.
In a video interview, Dr. Noble highlighted the importance for both male and female scientists to work hard on encouraging women to progress their careers in STEM fields. "Today, there are more women; there's still room for a lot more women," she said.