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How AI is transforming healthcare

Part of the Gina Cody School Day celebrations

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

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Jahangir Mohammed, Marta Kersten-Oertel, Negin Ashouri


This event is free


University Advancement




Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the way we live, work and play — and now it is transforming our approach to healthcare.

Join Jahangir Mohammed, MASc 93, DSc 17, founder and CEO of Twin Health, Marta Kersten-Oertel, director of Concordia's Applied Perception Lab, and Negin Ashouri, MSc 21, co-founder and CEO of Femtherapeutics, as they explore the impact of AI on healthcare.

The conversation will be moderated by Emad Shihab, associate dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the Gina Cody School.

This event is part of the Gina Cody School Day festivities. 


Jahangir Mohammed, MASc 93, DSc 17

Alumnus Jahangir Mohammed, founder and CEO of Twin Health, is a serial inventor and entrepreneur with a mission to reverse chronic diseases and help people live healthier and happier lives. Mohammed was the founder/CEO of Jasper, which he helped build into a global market leader with Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. Currently used by over 10,000 enterprises around the world, Jasper was acquired by Cisco for $1.45B. Prior to Jasper, Mohammed was the founder/CEO of Kineto Wireless, which pioneered the technologies to enable mobile phones to seamlessly use WiFi for voice and data. The technologies invented at Kineto became the basis for the UMA standard.

Mohammed is a prolific inventor with over 80 patents. He was named IoT Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum and was recognized for his visionary work and social impact by the Einstein Foundation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Concordia in 2017.

Marta Kersten-Oertel

Kersten-Oertel is the director of Concordia's Applied Perception Lab, scientific director of the Biomedical Science and Engineering Hub at Concordia's new School of Health, Concordia University Research Chair in Applied Perception and assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Her research involves developing and testing visualization, display and interaction methods in the context of image-guided surgery. She's particularly interested in how we can improve the spatial and depth understanding of volume rendered medical data and studying the impact of augmented reality visualization for specific surgical tasks.

Negin Ashouri, MSc 21

Negin Ashouri is the co-founder and CEO at Femtherapeutics, a medical device start-up company that aims to elevate women’s quality of life by harnessing the power of personalized medicine to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse. She is a recent graduate of Concordia's computer science program. 

Her primary focus was on applying artificial intelligence in the field of medicine. Ashouri came up with the idea for the personalized device — called a pessary — as part of her group work in the Surgical Innovation program at McGill University.

The cross-disciplinary graduate program is delivered jointly by Concordia’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and John Molson School of Business, McGill and École de Technologie supérieure.

Negin and her team have a patent pending on their development. They have won multiple national and regional prizes including the Dobson Cup, Dobson practicum, McGill clinical innovation, Centech entry award, etc. She was recognized as one of the top five up-and-coming Entrepreneurs in Canada by Mitacs and has won the Change Agent Entrepreneur Award.

Emad Shihab

Emad Shihab is the associate dean of Research and Graduate Studies, as well as an associate professor and Concordia Research Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. He holds a Concordia University Research Chair in Software Analytics. 

His research interests are in software engineering, mining software repositories, software analytics and software bots. Shihab received the 2019 MSR Early Career Achievement Award and the 2019 CS-CAN/INFO-CAN Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Prize. His work has been published in some of the most prestigious software engineering venues, including ICSE, ESEC/FSE, MSR, ICSME, EMSE, and TSE.

He is recognized as a leader in the field, serving on numerous steering and organization committees of core software engineering conferences. Shihab has secured more than $2.7 million, as principal investigator (PI), to support his research, including a highly competitive NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement.

His work has been done in collaboration with world-renowned researchers from Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Japan, the United Kingdom, Singapore and the USA. His research has been adopted by some of the biggest software companies, such as Microsoft, Avaya, BlackBerry, and Ericsson. He is a senior member of the IEEE. His homepage is:

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