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10/02/2021

Radboud University collaborating in AI lab for health, nutrition and behaviour


The national Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) has opened a new lab that focuses on health, nutrition and behaviour. Radboud University is one of the partners in this new OnePlanet ICAI lab for Precision Health, Nutrition and Behaviour. This partnership will enable the university to take important steps in the application of artificial intelligence.

Partners in the lab include Radboud University, OnePlanet Research Center, Radboud university medical center and Wageningen University & Research. Eight PhD students and three postdocs will be working within the new initiative. They will develop new sensors, algorithms, chatbots and other tools to provide information and personalised support in the field of health, nutrition and behaviour.

Tibor Bosse, professor at Radboud University and one of the academic directors of the new lab, is enthusiastic about the new collaboration between the various institutes. “This lab provides us with the opportunity to take considerable steps in the application of artificial intelligence to the field of nutrition and healthcare.”

“A considerable amount of data on healthy behaviour is already being collected. By applying artificial intelligence, we can combine this data to provide personalised support for people to help them achieve healthy behaviour,” said Bosse. “In this new lab, researchers from different backgrounds will work together to accelerate the development of new knowledge and applications. For example, we want to develop smart chatbots that motivate people to eat more healthily or to stop smoking.”

 

About ICAI and Radboud AI

ICAI is a national network aimed at technology and talent development between knowledge institutes, industry and government in the area of artificial intelligence. In 2019, Radboud university medical center opened the Thira Lab and Radboud AI for Health. In the Thira Lab, PhD students and postdocs work on medical imaging analysis using AI, while Radboud AI for Health develops AI innovations to improve and reduce the cost of healthcare. The Donders AI for Neurotech Lab followed in 2020, which develops AI-driven neurotechnology.

The lab is part of Radboud AI, an initiative that connects researchers in all seven faculties of Radboud University. In total, over 170 scientists at the university are conducting research in various areas of artificial intelligence. In fact, based on the citation impact score, Radboud researchers are number one in AI research in the Netherlands. The university distinguishes itself with a focus on the human aspect of artificial intelligence, with much attention paid to AI applications that benefit people.

Source: Radboud University

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