Meeting of the ITU/WHO Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health (FG-AI4H)

The ITU/WHO Focus Group on artificial intelligence for health (FG-AI4H) works in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish a standardized assessment framework for the evaluation of AI-based methods for health, diagnosis, triage or treatment decisions. Participation in the FG-AI4H is free of charge and open to all. The group was established by ITU-T Study Group 16 at its meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 9-20 July 2018.

The FG scope and general process are described in a commentary in The Lancet and a white paper. The documentation of all previous meetings can be found on the collaboration site (free ITU account needed; see instructions for help).

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    FG-AI4H Chair, Professor, and Executive Director
    Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute
    Thomas Wiegand is a German electrical engineer who substantially contributed to the creation of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and H.265/MPEG-H HEVC video coding standards. For H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Wiegand was one of the chairmen of the Joint Video Team (JVT) standardization committee that created the standard and was the chief editor of the standard itself. He was also an active technical contributor to both standards. Wiegand also holds a chairmanship position in the ITU-T VCEG and previously in ISO/IEC MPEG standardization organizations. In July 2006, the video coding work of the ITU-T jointly led by Gary J. Sullivan and Wiegand for the preceding six years was voted as the most influential area of the standardization work of the CCITT and ITU-T in their 50-year history. Wiegand is Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and executive director of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) is ranked among Top 20 Artificial Intelligence Research Labs in the world. He heads research teams working on : Video processing and coding, Multimedia transmission, Machine learning, Mobile Communications (management) and Computer Vision (management).
    REDDS Capital
    Stephen K. Ibaraki has been a teacher, an industry analyst, writer and consultant in the IT industry, and the former president of the Canadian Information Processing Society. Currently, Ibaraki is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, futurist and speaker. He is also a founding member of the UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit, founding chair of the Financial Services Roundtable Tech Advisory Council, and founding chair of the International Federation for Information Processing Global Industry Council. Ibaraki serves as an Advisor for the Business Development Committee of the IEEE Computer Society. He is the co-founder for the Technology Advisory Board at Yintech Investment Holdings Limited.
    Senior Advisor, Department of Information, Evidence and Research
    World Health Organization (WHO)
    Senior Editor of The Lancet and Vice-Chair of the ITU-WHO Focus Group on AI for Health
    The Lancet Journal
    Naomi Lee is Executive Editor (Digital) for The Lancet. Naomi handles peer review and commissioning for The Lancet with a special interest in surgery, health informatics and medical technology. As part of the marketing and communications team, she also leads digital transformation for The Lancet group. Naomi trained in surgery, specializing in urology and has worked in the United Kingdom, Argentina, and Mexico. She studied medicine at Cambridge University and King’s College London, and is currently studying data science at University College London. Naomi joined The Lancet in 2014.
    Project Manager
    World Health Organization (WHO)
    Engineer, Smar​t Health Department
    China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT)
    Shan is the Vice-Chair of ITU-WHO Artificial Intelligence for Health focus group and was elected in the roster of WHO digital health expert. She is a senior standards and strategic expert from E-Health Department of Cloud Computing & Big Data Research Institute in China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), also the head of International colla​boration group of Health &Medical bigdata and network research center in CAICT. She joined many national science and technology projects and participated in "MIT Technology Review: AI in health care: Capacity, capability, and a future of active health in Asia"


07 May 2020 - 08 May 2020


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