AI in Clinical Practice & Cardiology, Ft. Cardiogram & Forward.

SVAI's October event features two ex-Google engineers who went on to apply AI/ML to cardiology and, start a new kind of doctor’s office. Avesh Singh will talk about how Cardiogram is using deep learning to detect signs of heart disease from the Apple Watch. Erik Frey will talk about the challenges he’s encountered applying AI/ML to expert systems in his previous roles, and and what he's doing different at Forward.


Google's Launchpad AI Studio is focusing it's first cohort on AI Healthcare startups! Applications are closed, however, if you are interested in being part of this program please get in touch with us before Oct. 1st and we can introduce you. Email Pete & Keren at


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Avesh Singh

ML Engineer at Cardiogram, Carnegie Mellon University.

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I'm the 1st ML engineering hire, and my work is focused on DNN model training, data generation, and database work.  About Cardiogram: Cardiogram uses deep learning to detect signs of heart disease from the Apple Watch. We're building a personal healthcare companion. In a clinical study with UCSF Cardiology, our deep neural network achieved a 97% accuracy (AUC) in detecting the most common heart arthythmia on a set of patients coming into the hospital. 


Erik Frey

Co-Founder at Forward, ex-Special Projects at Google, ex-Head of Data Science at Wavii, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

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Most clinical AI systems are modeled from static datasets to approximate some small part of a clinician's decision process or operational flow. Forward took a very different approach: it started with the doctor instead of the data, systematized and decomposed the doctor's whole thought process, and automated that system instead.  Erik Frey, Forward's head of engineering, will talk about Forward's AI platform, how it was inspired by various ML projects he ran at Google, and the lessons learned along the way.




Two ~25 Minute talks + Q&A.



18.00: Doors Open

18.40: Welcome!

18.45: Talks + Q&A

20.00: Make Some New Friends

21.30: Doors Close



We will be Live Streaming this event from our Facebook Group.




Cardiogram's talk will be 50% Technical. Forward's talk will focus more on challenges and lessons learned.




375 Alabama St. Suite 350

San Francisco, CA 94110




Cal Train: 1.5 miles from 4th & King CalTrain Station

BART: 0.5 miles from 16th & Mission BART (9 min walk)

Parking: Some street parking available.





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