Dr. Mohd Anwar, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering at N.C. A&T, will be part of a panel discussion at the annual spring conference of the North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The panel presentation is titled, “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Promoting Diversity and Innovation for Patient Care and Population Health.”
The panel, featuring other academicians from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, presents a convergence of artificial intelligence (AI) researchers merging diverse backgrounds of engineering, computer science, medicine, public health, social science, humanities and public policy. They will present an analysis of key factors in the evolving role of AI in healthcare, the use of applied AI health applications, the assets and challenges of AI and algorithmic bias and the issues of privacy, ethics, trust, and education in technology acceptance of AI in healthcare.
Anwar is a computer scientist with research experience in cybersecurity and smart and connected health. The former is focused on intrusion/malware detection, usable security, cyber identity and differential privacy, and the latter is focused on mHealth technology-based individual-level health monitoring and health service delivery as well as AI-powered, secondary data-driven (e.g., social media data) public health monitoring.
In pursuing his research goals, Anwar uses artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and data science techniques as well as applying theories from social sciences to design solutions. His research has been extensively funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Air Force, the National Security Administration and the National Institutes of Health. As the center director of the DoD Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences, Anwar collaborates with researchers at N.C. A&T, the University of Florida, Florida Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also established and directs the Secure and Usable Social Media & Networks Lab at N.C. A&T.
Anwar was the first N.C. A&T faculty member to be selected as an RTI University Scholar. The RTI University Scholars Program, in its fifth year, supports highly-talented academics who take scholarly leave from their home institutions to collaborate with RTI researchers, advancing research in priority areas of national need. Anwar’s cohort includes researchers from Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The HIMMS annual spring conference will take place April 30 – May 1, 2020 in Concord, North Carolina. The event features two days filled with healthcare IT professionals that will inspire innovation and improve healthcare delivery and technologies throughout the state. Register for the event here, https://conference.nchimss.org to attend Anwar’s panel discussion.