UTeM won 3rd Place at the Covid-19 International Forkwell Coronavirus Hack

UTeM won 3rd Place at the Covid-19 International Forkwell Coronavirus Hack

Congratulation, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) won the 3rd Place at the  International Forkwell Coronavirus Hack entitle “SARS-CoV-2 Drug Discovery using Genetic Algorithm and Deep Learning” on 24 Apr 2020.

The team TaoFuFa consist of 4  Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence students and mentored by Prof. Dr. Ts. Goh Ong Sing and Assoc. Prof. Dr Sharifah Sakinah Syed Ahmad.

  • Quek Yao Jing
  • Liew Kok Foo
  • Tang Li Ho
  • Kwong Tung Nan.

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TaoFuFa, a group of artificial intelligence students from University Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), challenged the topic of drug discovery. The team used AI methods (Deep Learning and Genetic Algorithm) to allow a computer to generate drug compositions that it thinks are suitable. They fed 45,000 samples of drug molecules then simulated them against the coronavirus. The results were fed into the computer to allow it to know what was suitable and fit. This could be revolutionary in the medical world, as it enables automation towards drug finding. The time and personnel required for drug finding can be reduced significantly and also reduces the researchers’ exposure to the virus, therefore it reduces risks while saving the world’s precious talents.

This is a submission to the Forkwell Coronavirus Hack Competition under the Drug Discovery category and the open source code available at https://github.com/Skyquek/fch-drug-discovery

The goal of this category is to create a novel small molecule or find existing drugs on the market that are able to stop or interfere with the coronavirus lifecycle. Therefore, one of the approaches to this is to find out the drugs/ligands that are able to bind with the coronavirus main protease 6LU7.

Several types of research and experiments have been conducted and recorded in the DrugBank paper

Forkwell is hosting a 2-week online hackathon to combat #Coronavirus. The hackathon tackles 2 topics, “Drug Discovery” and “Virus Combat”. The sponsors include Microsoft, MDEC, Runcloud, AWS, and DigitalOcean. They are giving winners up to USD3,200 worth of prizes. In addition, the winning team will get exclusive access to Sunway iLabs’ Accelerator Program.

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