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Ahmad Tafti won the 2023 Oracle Eureka Award

Tafti points at a projected presentation

Ahmad Tafti, assistant professor of health informatics in Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was named the winner of the 2023 Oracle Eureka Award. One of the company’s Oracle Excellence Awards, the honor recognizes a researcher using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) exploring novel ways to make the world a better place.

Tafti was honored for his work as director of the Pitt Health + Explainable AI (HexAI) Research Laboratory. Pitt HexAI is aiming to assemble a large retrospective data set on total joint arthroplasty (TJA) using medical images, scientific literature and health-related social media. The team is also building advanced AI models to address critical challenges in TJA prognosis, diagnosis and treatment, with a focus on surgeries like total knee and hip replacements.

Along with the recent recognition from Oracle, Tafti has received the 2021 Imaging Informatics Innovator Award from the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine, the Mayo Clinic Transform the Practice Award and a NVIDIA GPU Award. He serves as vice chair of the Pittsburgh Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society and works with Pitt’s Center for AI Innovation in Medical Imaging.