Skills and Workforce Development Core

Artificial intelligence (AI) approaches are creating exciting ways to manipulate, analyze, and extract insights across a wealth of biomedical and behavioral datasets. Novel algorithms and data-driven perspectives promise to revolutionize how we discover new scientific knowledge and optimize healthcare delivery. Yet there remains a gap between AI theory and practice. This gap arises in part from the challenge of understanding increasingly complex datasets, and in part from the rapid evolution of AI methods. It is imperative that we equip our current and future workforces with the skills to correctly use and evaluate biomedical AI and data science methods. Filling this need involves enabling comprehension of the growing range of sociotechnical aspects that will drive applications of AI. The overarching objective of this Skills & Workforce Development (SWD) Core is to facilitate interdisciplinary, collaborative training in AI-related areas of biomedical/behavioral research, directly leveraging the products and approaches of the Data Generation Projects (DGPs). Working with the DGPs, we will create educational modules and activities that use their AI-ready datasets to teach contemporary computational methods and their intertwined social and ethical issues. 

Working in partnership with the other B2AI Cores and the DGPs, the SWD Core will develop a public B2AI portal for educational resource discovery and dissemination around a unifying framework, connecting shared resources, highlighting specific educational components (e.g., for targeted datasets). The SWDC will hold a series of activities, including data challenges/jamborees and hackathons that use DGP datasets/tools to create awareness/dissemination. The SWD Core will foster open discussion to inform issues of high priority amongst different groups and ways in which we can improve biomedical/behavioral AI training to achieve impact. Central to its mission, the SWD Core looks to inspire new scientists in biomedical/behavioral AI with outreach designed to increase inclusion of individuals from underrepresented minorities (URMs) and underserved communities through novel, tailored training opportunities. The results of the SWD Core will be new educational resources that build upon the DGPs, forging a comprehensive curriculum for individuals varying from undergraduates to graduate students, clinician-scientists and faculty from different disciplines.

Who We Are

Peipei Ping, PhD
Core Lead
UC Los Angeles
Karol Watson, MD, PhD
Core Lead
UC Los Angeles
Paul Boutros, PhD, MBA
Co-Investigator
UC Los Angeles
Alex Bui, PhD
Co-Investigator
UC Los Angeles
Wei Wang, PhD
Co-Investigator
UC Los Angeles