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Hatfield and Elgazzar explore how tech can help stroke victims

Dr. Heba ElgazzarDr. Heba Elgazzar, assistant professor of computer science recently published a paper she co-authored with computer science student, sophomore Dalton Hensley of Hatfield, that explored how technology can be used to help stroke victims.  

The paper, “Classification of Stroke Victims through Supervised Machine Learning Algorithms and Ensemble Learning” was presented and published as a full paper in the proceedings of the 12th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Annual Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference in January 2022. 

The research explores several machine learning methodologies for classifying stroke victims using an aggregate of ensemble learning and other supervised learning strategies. The experimental results show that conditions such as stroke can be effectively classified with considerable high accuracy and precision. The medical field could benefit from such methods to aid medical practitioners in classifying diseases and reducing the cognitive burden of independent diagnoses.

In addition to the IEEE conference, the paper was also presented earlier this year at Posters at the Capitol and at Morehead State's annual Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Elgazzar said she is proud of the work she and Hensley did together and grateful for the support they received along the way.

“I highly appreciate the encouragement and the support for my research activities from the college dean, the associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the MSU Office of Research & Sponsored Programs,” Elgazzar said.  

“Dalton was accepted recently in the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Louisville site which will be held this summer. The knowledge and experience he gained during his work at MSU as an undergraduate research fellow helped him to get accepted in this competitive REU program. We are so proud of him.”

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