February 25, 2019 at 9:36 am

Harrington Editorial Introduces Importance of AI, Intelligent Chemical Instruments

Dr. Peter de B. Harrington, portrait in office

Dr. Peter de B. Harrington

Dr. Peter de B. Harrington, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, wrote an editorial for the special issue on New Frontiers in Chemometrics that he guest edited for the Journal of Analysis and Testing.

His article “Chemometrics in the Age of Intelligent Chemical Instruments” notes that “we are presently living through a dawning of a new era for which artificial intelligence (AI) will affect every aspect of our daily life. Already, smartphones contain digital personal assistants that can translate our voice commands into digital signals that can control our phones or purchase items for us through the internet. These advances in our personal technology can also be used for analysis and testing.

“All scientists conduct experiments and most of them involve chemical systems. Analytical chemistry is the discipline of making measurements of chemical systems and because most scientific measurements involve some aspect of chemistry, analytical chemistry is central to all sciences. Central to the traditional sub-disciplines of analytical chemistry, quantitative analysis, spectrochemistry, separations, and electrochemistry, is chemometrics. Chemometrics is the science of maximizing the information gained from a chemical experiment. It includes the design of experiments, statistical inference, and knowledge extraction from data. By automating the chemometrics, one can devise intelligent chemical instruments,” Harrington writes. “This special issue contains contributions from some of the stars in the field of chemometrics reporting on some of the pertinent applications.”

Read his entire editorial introducing the special issue.

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