September 19-21, 2023
Bilbao, Spain
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Tuesday, September 19 • 11:25 - 11:32
Lightning Talk: Building Ersilia: Open Source AI Modeling for Infectious Disease Research in the Global South - Dhanshree Arora, Ersilia Open Source Initiative

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The Ersilia Open Source Initiative is a Linux Foundation member tech non-profit equipping universities, laboratories and clinics in low income countries (LIC) with AI tools for infectious disease research. Through a collaborative approach, Ersilia aims to find solutions for the unmet healthcare needs of the Global South. Our work is based on the following pillars: (1) open source (we release all code under GPLv3 licenses), (2) decolonized in-country research (we act as support partners to researchers based in the countries where the infectious diseases are endemic), (3) skills development (we provide capacity building in AI and data science), and (4) sustainable use of local resources, including ethnobotanical natural products. In this talk, we will discuss how we have built a global community of researchers, code contributors and volunteers from the industry, non-profit and academic sectors, and underrepresented minorities in STEM to, collectively, build open source software that will contribute to ending infectious disease threads. We will showcase the Ersilia Model Hub, our flagship technology featuring ready-to-use, pretrained AI models for antimicrobial drug discovery.


Dhanshree Arora

Software Engineer and Open Source Maintainer, Ersilia Open Source Initiative
Dhanshree is a software engineer interested in the utilization of statistical learning in the domains of healthcare and biomedicine. Since late 2022, Dhanshree has been associated with Ersilia in various capacities, initially working as an Outreachy intern, and currently working as... Read More →

Tuesday September 19, 2023 11:25 - 11:32 CEST
Room 3F (3JAUREGIA - Floor 3)
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