Inspired by his family’s medical background, master’s student Ishan Phansalkar is passionate about the potential of artificial intelligence to advance healthcare. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay student recently completed his Australia India Research Students Fellowship at Monash University in Melbourne, where he harnessed AI to analyse clinical data. His work is part of a larger project that could support early detection of chorioamnionitis – a common cause of preterm birth.
What led to your interest in artificial intelligence? I'm pursuing a Master of Technology in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Through university seminars and lectures, I discovered my passion for machine learning, a form of AI that employs data and algorithms to mimic human learning processes.
Growing up in a family of doctors, especially with my mother as a gynaecologist, has fuelled my interest in healthcare. Her work to improve the well-being of mothers and newborns has deeply motivated me.