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Purdue University Engineering Frontiers

Data Science in Engineering

Biomedical researchers and healthcare engineers are no strangers to big data. Data science is crucial for efforts to mimic and decode the human brain and engineer a better healthcare system.

“The brain itself is the ultimate intelligent machine,” says Zhongming Liu, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering. “It constantly processes information, makes decisions and guides actions. Although it is not fully understood how the brain works, decades of neuroscience research have already fueled inspiration for engineers to design algorithms that have enabled machines to understand images, translate language, play games, and drive vehicles, to name a few examples. Brain-inspired algorithms have also begun to help neuroscientists understand the brain itself and eventually decode the human mind.”

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