How did the two of you meet?

We actually met on Facebook before meeting in person at the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin. After great discussions on our shared interest, machine learning with medical applications, we stayed in touch.

Describe your project in three hashtags.

#cardiovascularhealth #medicalai #cooperationwithoutborders

How would you describe your project?

We‘re working on risk modelling for cardiovascular diseases, Nikita focuses on electrocardiogram data and Julius focuses on genetic data.

What are the greatest challenges?

Aside from the usual problems with real-world data, we’re working together over a distance of more than 1000 km, a timezone apart. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not too different from working with any other colleague working from home.

What is planned for the future?

When we manage to improve our models, we hope to publish them together with our colleagues at the Berlin Institute of Health. Nikita plans to finish his medical studies in Germany, so hopefully, we can work together even closer starting next year.