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Patented video game software for age-related issues

image: BALANCED Media|Technology (BALANCED), in partnership with the Retina Foundation of the Southwest and SMU, have filed a patent for medical imaging technology that uses automated software and a video game to provide standardized, accurate, and details eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
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DALLAS- BALANCED Media|Technology (BALANCED), in partnership with the Retina Foundation of the Southwest (RETINA) and Southern Methodist University (SMU), today announced a patent-pending medical imaging technology (US Patent Application Serial No.16/538,662 ) which uses automated software and a video game to provide standardized, accurate and precise identification of eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of visual impairment worldwide.

BALANCED, RETINA and SMU have also signed an exclusive 10-year licensing, development and commercialization agreement for BALANCED to bring medical imaging technology to the $35 billion AI healthcare market.

To help RETINA, BALANCED has created and outsourced an original video game, Eye in the Sky: Defender. The game uses optical coherence tomography (OCT) retinal images embedded in the game environment to create human computer image segmentation. As players predict the path of the alien force in the game, they unknowingly learn to draw lines used to perform diagnostic measurements of OCT retinal scans and create new datasets.

When integrated with BALANCED ROOFERS® artificial intelligence (AI) platform, these new datasets were used by RETINA experts and SMU researchers to provide the information needed to train a machine learning (ML) algorithm to analyze the OCT images with more accuracy and precision.

“Human-machine collaboration is the next step in machine learning and AI,” said Corey Clark, deputy director of research and assistant professor of computer science and engineering for SMU Guildhall, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at SMU Lyle School of Engineering and CTO. at BALANCED. “This app is a great example of how injecting human knowledge and intuition into the machine learning process is able to create something neither of them was able to do on their own. “That’s just the first step. I think we’ll see a lot more exciting things come out of these collaborations in the future.”

By leveraging this sophisticated level of Human Computing Model in the Loop (HITL), as well as Human Computing Gaming (HCG), it is now possible to use AI to rapidly analyze millions of individual datasets ( retinal images) to detect patterns and pathologies that would have been impossible or impractical given the scope.

“This technology could be a game-changer for researchers and drugmakers in analyzing data on disease progression, drug trials, and treatment effectiveness for age-related macular degeneration, among other things. diseases,” said Dr. Karl Csaky, CEO and CMO of the Southwest Retina Foundation. “With this technology, we are seeing substantial improvements in image analysis, a reduction in our time and costs, and a significant increase in the number of images processed and the associated accuracy and precision. of image processing.

Dr. Csaky recently joined BALANCED as an advisor, assisting the company as it prepares to commercialize its medical imaging technology. Dr. Csaky has over 140 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and is an expert in clinical research and drug delivery development as it relates to retinal diseases. Dr. Csaky is a member of the Macula Society, Retina Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, ARVO, and American Society of Retinal Specialists.

The research was made possible by a $2.5 million grant

Supported by a $2.5 million grant from the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Texas Communities Foundation (CFT), RETINA and SMU Lyle School of Engineering joined in a collaborative venture six years ago at help rapidly prototype new diagnostic and clinical treatment approaches, focusing on the specific needs of patients who lose their sight due to age-related macular degeneration. The research behind today’s patent filing is the result of that effort.

“We are thrilled to see this application of human-computer collaboration in a gaming environment make a difference to AMD’s critical health challenge,” said Marc Christensen, dean of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. “We believe this activity is a great example of how artificial intelligence and gaming technology are permeating large corners of our daily lives.”


About BALANCE | media technology

BALANCED is a goal-oriented artificial intelligence company that outsources human interaction and intuition through human computer games to give purpose to the game. By outsourcing artificial intelligence through online communities and games through its HEWMEN platform, BALANCED helps researchers investigate new treatments by creating AI-based technologies that reduce research time and cost and increase research efficiency. BALANCED, winner of the 2019 and 2020 Tech Titans®, has been recognized as an industry innovator by several groups, including the Dallas Business Journal and Dallas Innovates. Led by founders from data science, computing, video game development, and the medical and healthcare industries, the company is based in McKinney, Texas and can be found online at Balancemedia .

About EMS

EMS is the nationally ranked world research university in the vibrant city of Dallas. SMU alumni, faculty and more than 12,000 students at eight degree-granting schools demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit as they lead change in their professions, communities and the world.

About the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering

SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate programs and 29 graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees, through the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computing; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Engineering, Information and Systems Management; and mechanical engineering. Lyle students participate in programs in the unique Deason Innovation Gym, providing the tools and space to work on immersive design projects and competitions to accelerate leadership development and the framework for innovation; the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, which helps students develop soft skills to prepare them for leadership in various technical fields; the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, which is developing new methodologies to embed engineering education in K-12 schools; and the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, combining technological innovation and business expertise to fight global poverty.

About the Southwest Retina Foundation

Established in 1975, the Retina Foundation is a world-renowned research institute with an unwavering mission to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment. The Retina Foundation is developing potential treatments for patients with various eye diseases through laboratory science and clinical trials. Our three main areas of research are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), inherited eye diseases and pediatric eye conditions. Each year, the Retina Foundation sees more than 2,300 adults, children, and infants, referred by their eye care provider, completely free of charge for specialized vision assessments, genetic testing and counseling, and participation in clinical trials.