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IISc scientists can now hear your cough and detect COVID-19

Similar innovation occurs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Artificial Intelligence model of theirs is exactly like the Coswara model, which identifies asymptomatic COVID-positive patients utilising cough records. 

IISc scientists can now hear your cough and detect COVID-19

Bengaluru Indian Science Institute (IISc) researchers argue they have an efficient non-invasive test tool for COVID-19. You will figure out whether you have cares by listening only to your motivation, cough and how you speak, using your diagnostics tool called Coswara. 

IISc scientists can now hear your cough and detect COVID-19

After April 2020, the scientists are working on Coswara, Bangalore Mirror says. The test data also showed that “70 to 80 per cent accuracy against the RT-PCR gold standard”

“Given the highly simplistic nature of sound-based testing, the tool has the potential to evolve into effective diagnostic equipment,” Sriram Ganapathy, head of the Coswara project said. 

“The development of the backend model will be integrated into the existing web tool. Once the models are finalised, we will proceed to seek formal approvals from agencies like the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Following approval, the tool will be made available to users, free of cost. The exact timelines are difficult to predict as they are contingent on government agency approvals,” he stated.

Artificial Intelligence model

Similar innovation occurs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  The Artificial Intelligence model of theirs is exactly like the Coswara model, which identifies asymptomatic COVID-positive patients utilizing cough records. 

But it’s not that, many South African scientists have used Coswara data and developed a COVID-19 diagnostic tool, Sriram said.

“Further, the data we collected and analysed has also been released to researchers across the world as a special session challenge in an upcoming conference.

DiCOVA challenge

This ongoing challenge termed the DiCOVA challenge is witnessing widespread participation from the scientific community in the biomedical field from India and across the world. 

The progress made in this special session (concluding by end of March) would further ramp up the efforts in tool development and advance the detection accuracy,” he said to Bangalore Mirror.

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