02 Nov2018

Our master’s student Vuong Truong at GIMBC has won the third prize at the TMU-MIT (Sana) Hackathon

Our master’s student Vuong Truong at GIMBC has won the third prize at the TMU-MIT (Sana) Hackathon, which took place from October 19 to 21, 2018. It is an intensive 3-day program to promote accelerated proficiency in global health informatics and  to leverage international engineering resources. This year’s theme was: From Complex Healthcare Data to Serious Clinical Solutions - the AIoT (Artifical Intelligence and Internet of Things) approach.

During three days of hard work, Vuong (3rd from the left in the picture) and his teammates from India and Taiwan have proposed a solution for an optimal individualized glucose level control for physicians in the ICU setting by using machine learning algorithms and re-enforcement learning. They were awarded the third prize and the prize money of 40,000 NTD for a potential solution of a long-standing blood glucose control problem which has puzzled ICU clinicians for 20 years.

Vuong and the participants had the chance to develop their own software and got access to critical care unit databases (MIMIC III and eICU) to validate their ideas. Through the keynote speeches from TMU and MIT researchers and professors, they learned to use SQL Query language and apply state-of-the-art machine learning techniques with the help from a mentor from MIT.