Wageningen University & Research is taking steps with AI in health and nutrition

Published on
February 4, 2021

The national Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) has opened a new lab focused on health and nutrition. Wageningen University & Research is one of the partners in the lab and with their contribution takes steps in the application of Artificial Intelligence within health and nutrition. An example of what’s to come are AI-based nutritional analyses that provide important insights and personalized support. This gives the dietitian or nutritionist time to focus even more on coaching or treatment.

The new OnePlanet ICAI lab for Precision Health, Nutrition and Behavior is a collaboration between a/o Radboud University, OnePlanet Research Center, Radboudumc and Wageningen University & Research. Eight PhD students and three postdocs will in time join the new initiative. They’ll work on the development of new sensors, algorithms, chatbots and apps that provide personalized support in the field of health and (eating) behavior.

Guido Camps from Wageningen University & Research and Tibor Bosse from Radboud University will start as academic directors of the new lab. They are enthusiastic about the new collaboration between the various institutes. Bosse: “This lab gives us the opportunity to take significant steps in the application of Artificial Intelligence in the field of nutrition and healthcare. The personal approach combined with technical means contributes to the necessary change in our eating behavior.”

Camps adds: “The expertise in the field of AI comes from Radboud University, the sensors from imec, OnePlanet and the other industrial partners and Wageningen University & Research provides the expertise in the field of nutrition and health. By joining forces, I think we can really contribute to the field. We know that making nutritional advice is quite time consuming in practice. By using smart apps, the important interpersonal side of nutritional advice and (eating) behavior can receive even more attention. ”

About ICAI

ICAI is a national network focused on technology and talent development between knowledge institutions, industry and government in the field of Artificial Intelligence. It is WUR's second ICAI lab, after the AI ​​for Agro-Food Lab.

Want to know more? Please contact Guido Camps, More information about the Lab: