GOML Graph-Oriented Machine Learning for Stroke Diagnosis and Rehabilitation

Improving Stroke diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation with graph-oriented machine learning on multimodal data.

Leaders: José Krieger and Zhao Liang

The recent advances of machine learning in medicine have been remarkable. However, there are still important issues that need to be addressed. Here we deal with two important questions:

1) How to integrate and select relevant medical features (biomarkers) from large-scale heterogeneous and dynamical sources?

In applications of machine learning in medicine, we often have to deal with large-scale heterogeneous and dynamical data sets. For example, in the case of applications and scientific research related to stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), various kinds of data accumulated for long period of time, such as texts, images, genetic biomarkers, electric signals, patient's symptoms, and geographic information are often available even for a single patient. Information integration is essential to correctly address health problems, as healthcare professionals rarely use only one type of information when solving a medical problem. Another important aspect when dealing with a large amount of features is to properly select the most relevant ones: understanding which features are most relevant for the classification of a stroke provides important information for quick and accurate diagnosis and treatment.

2) How to interpret decisions made by machine learning algorithms and how to integrate human and artificial intelligence?

Currently, successful machine learning techniques do not provide an explicit mechanism to satisfactorily explain how a given result is achieved. Such a logical explanation is necessary in many medical applications, for example, in disease diagnosis. The lack of interpretability deeply impacts the possibilities of integrating human and artificial intelligence in Medicine. In the majority of the cases, healthcare professionals still consider machine learning algorithms as black-box machines. Again, this is highly influenced by the lack of interpretability of machine learning strategies.

Our approaches primarily deal with Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) as the application domain. According to the WHO, more than one billion people in the world have some disability; among chronic diseases, stroke stands out because it is the main cause of disability and the second cause of death in the world. Much progress has been made in understanding the risk factors, mortality and rehabilitation of stroke; however, incidence continues to increase as a result of an aging population and other risk factors. The identification of more precise and sensitive stroke biomarkers can help to modify this worrying situation. Furthermore, developing diagnostic approaches with high accuracy and prediction of individualized outcomes is one of the main ambitions and is one of the strategies of the WHO 2014-2021 global action plan (ODS - objective 3, best health for all at all ages).


The objective here is two-fold. On the one hand, we wish to contribute to machine learning by developing new techniques to handle situations described above. On the other hand, we wish to apply new graph- oriented machine learning techniques (GOML), to be developed in this project, to obtain a better understanding of stroke (causes, impact, ways to improve decision, and rehabilitation). It is also important to investigate ways to mitigate the impact of stroke in Brazilian population, a major social contribution. For the proposed study, we will use datasets from ATLAS (Anatomical Tracings of Lesions After Stroke), InCor (Heart Institute of Medical School of USP) stroke dataset (200 T1-weighted MRIs and Reports), and the data sets of IMREA - Instituto de Medicina Física e Reabilitação do Hospital das Clínicas FMUSP.


  • Name

    Relevant Information

  • José Eduardo Krieger
    Faculdade de Medicina and INCOR/USP
  • Zhao Liang
  • Alexandre D. P. Chiavegatto Filho
    Faculdade de Saúde Pública / USP
  • Carlos Henrique Costa Ribeiro
  • Fátima de Lourdes dos Santos Nunes Marques
  • João Luís Garcia Rosa
  • João Paulo Papa
    UNESP, Bauru
  • Linamara Rizzo Battistella
    Faculdade de Medicina/USP
  • Luiz Otavio Murta Junior
  • Marcel Simis
    Faculdade de Medicina/USP
  • Marco Antonio Gutierrez
  • Octávio Marques Pontes Neto
  • Paulo Mazzoncini de Azevedo Marques
  • Renato Tinós