Karishma Muthukumar, 22 years old and named Young Innovator to Watch at CES, designed one of the top ideas (“Promoting Empathy-based AI”) during the National Science Foundation’s open call for future scientific directions.
Karishma is a cognitive science graduate of University of California, Irvine, where she founded a campus organization (The Patient Project) and launched a campus-wide journal. The Patient Project reimagines patience for patients — to alleviate the wait in healthcare.
In 2019, Karishma was selected to join an international cohort as one of five Dalai Lama Fellows from North America. Compassion in action, she developed wellness programs to address elder isolation and led the university initiative to promote altruism through handcrafted letters.
She is a national Phi Beta Kappa Key into Public Service Scholar, Barnes and Noble College Scholar, and a recipient of the Strauss Scholarship for Public Service. At 15, she founded a nonprofit for neuroscience outreach and became the youngest to earn best abstract in Artificial Intelligence at Pediatrics 2040. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Science Magazine, Mission Magazine, OC Register, and the Huffington Post. Karishma aspires to contribute towards Artificial Intelligence in medicine – to combine commitments to innovation, public service, and health.