ECE Graduate Student Mengmei Ye wins "Samsung Breakthroughs That Matter" award at the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack 2019

ECE PhD student Mengmei Ye working under the supervision of Assistant Professor Sheng Wei is part of a team that has won a "Samsung Breakthroughs That Matter" award at the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack 2019 ( The "Samsung Breakthroughs that Matter" awards were created to highlight the potential for partnerships between the United States Veterans Health Administration (VHA), industry, and academia in the cultivation of innovative entrepreneurs, who embrace Samsung hardware and software to assist the VHA with improving Veterans’ quality of care and access to useful and innovative healthcare solutions for Veterans.

Mengmei was a member of the team of researchers/practitioners from industry/academia/hospital/government that was recognized for a system concept they developed, called Simulacron, for being the most effective and transformative digital health solution with the potential to improve access to and quality of, cancer care for veterans. Simulacron employs deep learning to realistically simulate privacy-sensitive medical data, including patient demographics and diagnostic codes, so that important properties of the data can be extracted and adopted in cancer prediction tools, instead of having to directly access the real data itself. The team also proposes to integrate Simulacron with the Samsung Knox mobile security platform to protect the proprietary datasets and models.

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Congratulations to Mengmei and Dr. Sheng Wei on this outstanding recognition!