NOVA School of Science and Technology applies artificial intelligence in the fight against COVID-19


José Barata Oliveira, researcher at UNINOVA and Professor at the Department of Electrotechnical and Computers Engineering at the NOVA School of Science and Technology, leads one of the projects selected under the “AI 4 COVID-19” contest, promoted by the Foundation for Science and Technology.

The project “COVOICE-19 - Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Supporting Tool for the Detection, Diagnosis and Prognosis of the COVID-19 Disease” was one of the 12 recommended for funding under the Call for IC&DT Projects “AI 4 COVID -19: Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Public Administration to reinforce the fight against COVID 19 and future pandemics - 2020 ”. The results of the ongoing research will help to find solutions to significantly improve service delivery to citizens and businesses, as well as decision-making processes.

The project led by UNINOVA CTS still involves Ricardo Peres (co-investigator in charge) and will be done in cooperation with the Egas Moniz Hospital  (Clara Capucho - Voice Unit, Kamal Mansinho and Jaime Nina - Infectious Disease Unit). Clara Capucho and Jaime Nina are moreover professors at the NOVA Medical School.

The core objective of the COVOICE-19 project is the development of models based on Artificial Intelligence, more precisely Machine Learning, to support activities in the clinical contexts of rapid diagnosis and prognosis in suspected or detected cases of COVID-19, respectively. These activities will be carried out based on a set of collected and aggregated data  from various sources during the course of the project, taking advantage of the expertise and close collaboration with the  Egas Moniz Hospital team, which is open to promote the advancement of research on this subject thematic by the scientific community. In addition, applications will be implemented to operationalize the models developed to make them easily usable by both the population in general and the health system professionals themselves, without the need for prior knowledge in the area of ​​machine learning.

The AI 4 COVID-19 contest is part of the National Digital Competencies Initiative e.2030, Portugal INCoDe.2030, in Axis 5 - Research and corresponds to the 3rd annual competition of the program for research in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Public Administration.