May 16, 2023 — Using the Intel AI Analytics Toolkit and Intel oneAPI Base Toolkit, HippoScreen improved efficiency and build times of deep-learning models used in its brainwave artificial intelligence (AI) system. These improvements enabled HippoScreen to broaden its system’s applications to a wider range of psychiatric conditions and diseases.
Globally, an estimated 5% of adults suffer from depression. There is no one-size-fits-all diagnostic procedure for depression, and while some cases can be clinically diagnosed, most assessments are dependent on patients’ subjective self-descriptions. To overcome this problem, along with the widespread stigma surrounding depression, HippoScreen developed the Stress EEG Assessment (SEA) System, which helps doctors more accurately diagnose mental health conditions. The system includes an electroencephalogram (EEG) amplifier for data collection and signal processing, a graphic user interface for test process control, and an AI algorithm for data analysis. SEA analyzes 90-second brainwave signals and provides an objective and quantifiable evaluation index that aims to numerically represent the probability that an individual is suffering from depression.
To improve algorithm efficiency and diagnostic accuracy while reducing the delivery times of critical diagnostic results to medical personnel, HippoScreen leveraged the optimizations of Intel analysis tools and AI frameworks. Using the Intel VTune Profiler analysis tool, the company reached maximum performance and minimum CPU utilization with a thread count of five. In addition, performance improved by 2 times, allowing the company to quickly identify and resolve threading oversubscription issues. Intel Optimization for PyTorch and Intel Extension for Scikit-learn, alongside HippoScreen’s proprietary algorithms, analyzed system EEG data features that culminated in a unique decision factor and resulted in 2.4 times performance improvements.
“We at HippoScreen have been able to take advantage of the software optimizations in Intel Extension for Scikit-learn and Intel Optimization for PyTorch to accelerate the build times for the AI models in our customized EEG Brain Waves analysis system by 2.4x,” said Daniel Weng, chief technology officer, HippoScreen NeuroTech Corp.
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