In a groundbreaking study, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an automated machine learning system called BioAutoMATED that can generate AI models for biology research. Led by Jim Collins, the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, the team aims to simplify the process of building machine learning models for scientists and engineers in the field of biology. This innovative system not only selects and builds appropriate models for given datasets but also handles the laborious task of data preprocessing. By reducing the time and effort required, BioAutoMATED opens up new possibilities for researchers in the biological sciences.
Recruiting machine learning experts can be a time-consuming and costly process for science and engineering labs. Even with an expert on board, selecting the right model, formatting the dataset, and fine-tuning the model can significantly impact its performance. According to a Google course on the Foundations of Machine Learning, data preparation and transformation alone can take up to 80% of the project time. This hurdle often discourages researchers from utilizing machine learning techniques in biology.