Redirecting master's research for COVID detection

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Linda Wang quickly pivoted her work last spring to develop technology to detect COVID-19.

Wang, who will receive her master’s degree in systems design engineering this week, helped create COVID-Net, now an open-source tool designed to

Linda Wang and parents at 2018 convocation
screen coronavirus cases from chest X-ray images. 

Linda Wang, middle, celebrated receiving her BASc with her parents in 2018.  

She built one of the first neural networks to predict if a person’s X-ray contains COVID-19 and how far has the disease progressed.

“I quickly prototyped it within a week,” says Wang. “As we developed more partnerships with other hospitals, we continued to fine-tune the model to make it better.” (Full story)