Congratulations to Professor Peter Washington on his receipt of a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). New Innovator Awards are part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program at NIH which is designed to “accelerate the pace of biomedical, behavioral and social science discoveries by supporting exceptionally creative scientists with highly innovative research…The program encourages creative, outside-the-box thinkers to pursue exciting and innovative ideas in any area of biomedical, behavioral or social science research relevant to the NIH mission.”
The $2.18M grant to Professor Washington will support a five-year research program to develop AI models that work together with a group of people to establish computational diagnoses of subjective, complex and social conditions in psychiatry using videos recorded while playing video games. In particular, Washington’s project will focus on diagnosing adolescent developmental delays, such as autism and ADHD, as a starting point towards building a method that can work for a broader range of psychiatric conditions.
Professor Washington, who joined the ICS department last year, has established the Hawai‘i Digital Health Lab which is dedicated to research at the intersection of healthcare, human-in-the-loop AI, human-centered computing, deep learning, and data science.