Age: 18Saratoga, CA
Project Title: EyeLogic: All-Purpose Vision Disease Detection in Clinic-Sourced and Low-Cost Smartphone-Based Retinal Images
Over 250 million people around the world suffer from various eye diseases, like Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Diabetic Retinopathy, leading to permanent vision impairment over time. Lack of access to basic eye care has left millions blind, with 80% of all vision-degenerative disease cases either preventable or curable if detected early. This work circumvents the need for a clinician altogether by creating an automated smartphone-based application that can detect any symptomatic pathology in the retina from a fundus (retinal) scan. Through the use of a low-cost external lens attachment, individuals can diagnose themselves in seconds, accurately monitoring their own vision and seeking out medical attention accordingly.
Rishab Gargeya is an 18-year-old graduate of The Harker School in San Jose, CA. He grew up in the Bay Area and will be attending Stanford University where he will be majoring in computer science.
Rishab is honored to be a Davidson Fellow Laureate. This accolade further validates the work that he has done for the last few years and motivates him to continue innovating in the future. This recognition further drives his vision where Artificial Intelligence can aid in healthcare delivery and workflows. Rishab is always excited at opportunities to share his work, and is very optimistic for the future.
Over 250 million people in developing regions around the world suffer from permanent vision impairment, with 80% of disease cases either preventable or curable if detected early. Current diagnostic methods are time-consuming and expensive, requiring trained clinicians to manually examine and evaluate digital color photographs of the retina, thereby leaving many patients undiagnosed and susceptible to vision loss over time. Rishab’s project presents an automated solution for the early detection of retinal diseases providing patients with timely access to life-altering diagnostics without dependence on medical specialists in clinical settings.
Rishab’s inspiration for developing this project stems from a volunteer experience he had at the Sankara Nethralaya Eye Foundation in Chennai during his summer visit to India in his freshman year. His time at the clinic was mostly spent at the Tele-Ophthalmology department, the division tasked with providing free eye care to millions of patients in rural India. As he learned firsthand, treating such a massive demographic is not only an overwhelming feat but also an inefficient one. Since then, Rishab has spent time working with ophthalmologists in clinics to design an innovative, wide-reaching solution for vision screening, to decrease the burden and resources currently required to understand vision health. He created an automated smartphone-based application that can detect eye diseases in the retina from a fundus (retinal) scan.
Rishab attributes his time at the Harker School for having given him an amazing opportunity to push himself in a highly academic environment. Rishab has been fortunate to have worked with many intellectually-driven people throughout his high-school career, including his science teacher Mr. Chris Spenner who has been very influential in shaping his research. Rishab also truly values his research internships at Stanford and Harvard, where he has been able to work closely with faculty and come up with new insights.
Vision-degenerative diseases continue to proliferate in rural areas at high levels. Over 250 million people in these regions suffer from various eye diseases like Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Diabetic Retinopathy, leading to permanent vision impairment over time. However, 80% of all vision-degenerative diseases can be prevented or cured if detected early. Rishab’s vision is for Artificial Intelligence to replace the repetitive tasks of manual diagnostics across large populations. With automated triaging using computers, large numbers of people can be referred for medical care without the bottleneck of expensive care or access to medical professionals. Rishab would be humbled if his work could contribute to a more efficient health screening paradigm around the world.
Rishab’s experiences as an intern at the Harvard Medical School and at Stanford University have contributed greatly to his deep interest in computer science and research. Rishab will be attending Stanford University and plans to major in Computer Science.
During his high school years, Rishab was the co-editor-in-chief of a peer-reviewed student science research journal and a member of the competitive debate team. In addition, he pursued interests in piano and played squash. He is also an avid retro video game collector and enthusiast. He is a two-time Siemens Semifinalist, Intel ISEF Finalist and Google Science Fair Regional Finalist. He has authored a paper which was published in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His interests reside in medicine, research, and artificial intelligence, with his free time usually being spent on kaggle or reading the latest scientific publications in deep learning. His dedication to the field of AI warranted his invitation to the international NIPS 2015 conference as an invited speaker, and in the future he hopes to continue developing exciting, intelligent tools for the benefit of humanity.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still working on new, interesting technologies and hopefully continuing to develop exciting, intelligent tools for the benefit of humanity.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Bad with emails
If you could have dinner with the five most interesting people in the world, living or dead, who would they be?
Mahatma Gandhi, Toussaint Louverture, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander the Great
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SARATOGA TEEN AWARDED $50,000 FOR DISEASE DETECTING SMARTPHONE APP
Rishab Gargeya to be Named a 2017 Davidson Fellow Laureate
Reno, Nev. – The Davidson Institute of Talent Development has announced the 2017 Davidson Fellows. Among the honorees is 18-year-old Rishab Gargeya of Saratoga, Calif. Gargeya won a $50,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for his project, EyeLogic: All-Purpose Vision Disease Detection in Clinic-Sourced and Low-Cost Smartphone-Based Retinal Images. He is one of only 20 students across the country to receive this honor.
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