Ong earns American Family Insurance Data Science Institute grant

Tags: irene ong, reproductive sciences, research, ong lab

Huge congratulations to Irene Ong, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Ong earned one of nine grants from the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute funding initiative.

Ong will be principal investigator on the project Learning Causal Relationships from Data:

While humans naturally develop an understanding of cause and effect by exploring the world, causal understanding is often missing from artificially intelligent systems, as you may have noticed when your digital assistant goes awry. This research will develop an algorithm to improve the causal reasoning abilities of such systems, and apply the algorithm in healthcare settings to improve patient outcomes.”

The goal of the American Family Funding Initiative is to stimulate and support highly innovative research. The nine successful projects, reviewed by faculty and staff from across campus, were evaluated based on their potential contributions to the field of data science, practical use and the novelty of their approaches.

Read more about the grants here. Congratulations, Dr. Ong!