Cincinnati Children’s lands $2.8M to create specialty AI-backed tool

Close up of a pediatrician having a check up on his patient, a young child

Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have been awarded a five-year federal grant totaling $2.8 million to fund the development of a new AI-powered tool that aims to prevent violence in schools.

The funds, from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, will be used to develop an automated risk assessment, or ARIA, system, which is designed to detect and prevent school violence. Cincinnati Children’s announced the funding news Thursday in the hospital’s science blog.

The goal is to prevent strains of aggressive behaviors at the “earliest stage” before they escalate into more major problems like a school shooting, according to Yiizhao Ni, the project’s principal investigator. Ni, who has been with Cincinnati Children’s since 2012, works in the hospital’s division of biomedical informatics.

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Story excerpt provided by Cincinnati Business Courier.

Written by Liz Engel.

Originally published June 10, 2021.

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