What We Do

The JH AITC is a national resource funded to promote the development and implementation of novel artificial intelligence (AI) and technology approaches to improve the health and well-being of older adults.  Building on the wealth of engineering and clinical resources available across the schools of the Johns Hopkins University, we have established the human capital and research infrastructure that will facilitate investigators and businesses from across the country to work in this space.

The JH AITC provides pilot funds for AI/tech development efforts as well as access to relevant stakeholders groups, tech and AI use design expertise, assistance with adaptation of technology platforms that can host EHR, data gathering and analytical expertise, human subjects research infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) related conditions and for general aging/Geriatric Medicine conditions.  In addition, we can provide a comprehensive list of relevant technologies and uses of AI, training as appropriate, and access to a broad array of human subjects research infrastructure for recruitment and testing.  Finally, this AITC can facilitate access to a broad range of underserved older adults, including those in rural and urban areas of the US, for stakeholder feedback and for testing of new uses of AI/tech that may improve their health and well-being.

Why Hopkins?

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is uniquely situated to build this ecosystem with nationally recognized strengths in clinical and health services research focused on the health and well-being of older adults and in programs focused on the development of novel uses for AI and technologies to improve human health. JHU is endowed with internationally known researchers in AI and related fields such as computer vision, natural language processing, speech processing, and data science. In addition, there is a strong institutional commitment to transdisciplinary collaboration and to the development of novel technologies and new products through Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV).  

Building on these strengths, we propose to create a highly dynamic AITC focused on the development of novel and adaptive AI and technology-related products that will improve the health, well-being, and independence of millions of older Americans, including those with dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and neurodegenerative movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and those in underserved rural and urban communities.

Who We Are

The AITC is home to a dynamic ecosystem of clinicians, researchers, engineers, and business partners who are working together on AI-driven technologies to improve aging.

Center Leadership

Providing vision, leadership, and management functions of the AITC and assuring that resulting developments are moved into products that improve the health and well-being of older adults.

Peter M. Abadir, MD

Peter M. Abadir, MD

Administrative Core Clinical Translation and Validation Core Access to Underserved Populations of Older Adults
Rama Chellappa, PhD

Rama Chellappa, PhD

Administrative Core Clinical Translation and Validation Core Engineering Resources JHU University-Wide Resources
Jeremy D. Walston, MD

Jeremy D. Walston, MD

Co-Principal Investigator, JH AITC
Administrative Core Pilot Core B Access to Underserved Populations of Older Adults JHU University-Wide Resources
Alexis Battle, PhD

Alexis Battle, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator
Administrative Core

Our leadership team provides the interdisciplinary governance structure necessary to stimulate and sustain the development, refinement, and adaptation of innovative AI and technology products that improve the health and well-being of older adults. Their duties include:

  • Leading, administering, organizing, and governing the AITC, providing logistical support, assuring productivity, aiding integration across teams, and assuring the quality of all aspects of this program
  • Facilitating the identification of crucial new AI and technology approaches from across the country and implementing an annual national competition for pilot awards
  • Preparing data safety monitoring documentation, relevant public data sharing, and contributions to Living Textbook
  • Organizing and conducting scientific sessions at Johns Hopkins and across the country that will propel AITC science and product development relevant to older adults

Administrative Team

Partha Bhattacharyya, PhD
Program Director, National Institute on Aging

Ann Wiker
Research Program Manager

Caglar Cosarderelioglu, MD MSc
Senior Research Program Coordinator