COVID-19: What we're doing
JF Gagné JF Gagné
March 27 3 min

COVID-19: What we're doing

To the global community,

We are going through a period of great uncertainty caused by COVID-19. It's an unprecedented situation — but every day, we are seeing individuals and organizations around the globe step up in unprecedented ways.

As the situation progresses, we at Element AI are doing our best to play our part by adapting responsibly and responding in any way we can. Over the last few weeks, we’ve launched a few initiatives to support those on the front lines of mitigating the crisis.

Platform to assist COVID-19 response efforts

As new COVID-19 facts emerge, staying up-to-date with the latest developments will be key to critical breakthroughs.

To assist clinical researchers, scientific researchers, public health authorities and frontline workers that are working towards finding a cure to mitigate this pandemic, we have developed a platform that connects structured and unstructured datasets that enables users to query using natural language. Currently built on the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), the platform will continue to grow with both structured and unstructured formats as other open datasets become available.

Sharing our machine learning expertise and resources

In collaboration with Mila, InVivo AI and other members of the Mila AI taskforce, Element AI is lending its machine learning expertise and resources to those working toward potential solutions to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last week, Yoshua Bengio, scientific director of Mila and co-founder of Element AI shared:

“The COVID-19 crisis gives us an opportunity and a profound motivation to act selflessly and together for the common good, collaborating with the only objective to quickly save as many lives as possible. Let us remember that spirit when, hopefully, we go back to more normal lives. That spirit is also the spirit of science, where the focus is on the joy of understanding, sharing and discovering solutions together.” (Source.)

By sharing access to our computing resources (GPUs, CPUs, storage), Element AI hopes to facilitate and accelerate ongoing research and investigation relating to COVID-19.

Raising awareness on the impact of physical distancing

A group of current and past Element AI employees took the initiative to organize a weekend hackathon in which they built a tool to illustrate how every individual has a part to play in flattening the COVID-19 curve.

The Corona Calculator is a tool to help understand how the disease might progress depending on the number of social contacts an infected person has. It aims to surface how limiting our social interactions can affect the spread of Coronavirus and the load upon healthcare systems where you live.

Looking ahead

As the situation changes day-by-day, each day brings new questions. Our offices may be closed, but we’re still here to (virtually) support our clients and communities in any way we can. The situation has yet to evolve before we can say that it is behind us, and we are committed to continuing to search for ways we can help.

In these exceptional times, it’s by working together and taking responsibility collectively that we can act for the good of all. We are all in this together.