Artificial intelligence tools could benefit chemists with disabilities

Author: Sam Lemonick

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One group of researchers is actively thinking about designing for chemists with disabilities. Nitesh V. Chawla and Olaf G. Wiest of the University of Notre Dame; Abigail Doyle of Princeton University; Robert Paton of Colorado State University; Richmond Sarpong of the University of California, Berkeley; and Matthew S. Sigman of the University of Utah are working on a US National Science Foundation proposal to fund a center for developing computer-aided synthesis technology. This kind of software uses machine-learning algorithms to plan feasible synthetic routes to target molecules. The group has talked to members of the American Chemical Society Committee on Chemists with Disabilities about how the group’s artificial intelligence tools could help scientists with disabilities.

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