Researchers now employ artificial intelligence (AI) models based on deep learning to make functional predictions about big datasets. While the concepts behind these networks are well established, their inner workings are often invisible to the user. The emerging area of explainable AI (xAI) provides model interpretation techniques that empower life science researchers to uncover the underlying basis on which AI models make such predictions. 

In this month’s episode, Deanna MacNeil from The Scientist spoke with Jim Collins from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to learn how researchers are using explainable AI and artificial neural networks to gain mechanistic insights for large scale antibiotic discovery.

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Jim Collins

Jim Collins, PhD
Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science
Professor of Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
The Wyss Institute, Harvard 

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