ICAI LAB – AI for Precision Health, Nutrition & Behavior

To improve lifestyle recommendations, we need to learn what works particularly for one person and what doesn’t. Since everybody has different genetics, health status, activity levels and environments. Artificial intelligence (AI) can help us here. In the ICAI Lab researchers aim to increase the quality and quantity of health, dietary and behavioral data and to develop AI algorithms and models to improve personalized lifestyle feedback.

Learn more about the Lab team and the Lab partners

What if … we can give more accurate personalized advice on diet and healthy lifestyle with help from artificial intelligence?

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Better quality of life & lower burden healthcare system

An ICAI Lab is a research collaboration between one or multiple industrial, governmental or not-for-profit partner(s) and one or multiple knowledge institute(s). ICAI Labs always focus on AI technology.

This specific ICAI Lab aims at:

  • Increasing the richness and quality of health, dietary and behavioral data by monitoring health using various or novel sensors.
  • Developing smart AI algorithms and machine learning techniques to extract more relevant outcomes and knowledge from these data.
  • Improving the personalized lifestyle feedback generated from these measurement to coach in the direction of healthier behavior.

By contributing to overall healthier behavior of our population, we can potentially increase the quality of life of people. This will results in lower expected incidence rates of disease and therefore also lower the burden on the healthcare system.

4 work packages

The application domains for the developments are in dietary coaching, preventing cognitive decline, preventing orthostatic hypotension and health promoting chatbots for smoking addiction and sexual health. These areas are covered in 4 work packages. There is an enormous synergy between these work packages on exchanging algorithms, techniques, data, knowledge and expertise.

  • WP1: AI for dietary assessment and dietary coaching – The aim of this WP is to develop automatic and semi-automatic measurements of food intake and macronutrient intake, such to be able to use this data to automatically generate personal advice and individualized coaching.
  • WP2: Non-invasive markers of cognitive decline and intervention response – The aim of this WP is to develop predictive models of markers for cognitive decline constructed by means of (existing) data from collaborative projects within MOCIA (NWO Crossover).
  • WP3: Developing long-term engaging health-promoting chatbots through Natural Language Processing and cognitive modelling – WP3 focuses on the development of health-promoting chatbots in two domains: smoking addiction and sexual health. To achieve this, chatbots need to be able to engage in personalized conversations with users over longer periods of time.
  • WP4: Development and application of machine learning algorithms for prevention and detection of Orthostatic Hypotension by wearable sensor technology – This WP aims at development and validation of wearable sensors for measuring blood flow in the brain based on Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIS).

The ICAI Lab consists out of 7 PhD students and 2 postdocs of excellence working on these challenging AI problems. The lab itself is coordinated by two scientific directors, a lab manager and several work package leaders.

The ICAI Lab team

Guido Camps 2

Dr. Guido Camps

Wageningen University & Research
Scientific Director, WP1 Lead

Tibor Bosse 2

Prof. Dr. Tibor Bosse

Radboud University
Scientific Director, WP3 lead


Dr. Ruud van Stiphout

Lab Manager

Elena Marchiori

Prof. Dr. Elena Marchiori

Radboud University
WP2 lead

Ton Coolen

Prof. Dr. Ton Coolen

Radboud University
WP4 lead

Femke De Gooijer

Femke de Gooijer

Wageningen University & Research
PhD student WP1

Janine Faessen

Janine Faessen

Wageningen University & Research
PhD student WP1

Renske Van Lonkhuijzen(2)

Renske van Lonkhuijzen

Wageningen University & Research
PhD student WP1

Desiree Lucassen

Desiree Lucassen

Wageningen University & Research
PhD student WP1

Marlou Lasschuijt

Dr. Marlou Lasschuijt

Wageningen University & Research
Postdoc WP1

Wieske De Swart

Wieske de Swart

Radboud University
PhD student WP2

Erkan Basar

Erkan Başar

Radboud University
PhD student WP3

Emanuele Massa 2

Emanuele Massa

Radboud University
PhD student WP4

Theodore Nikoletopoulos 2

Dr. Theodore Nikoletopoulo

Radboud University
Postdoc WP4

ICAI Lab Partners

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OnePlanet Research Center

OnePlanet Research Center is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the R&D center for nano- and digital technology imec, Radboud University, Radboudumc and Wageningen University and Research. The center develops feasible and manufacturable solutions at the cross-over between nutrition, health, agriculture, environmental science and high-tech.

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Radboud University

Radboud University is a student-centred university in The Netherlands, active in almost all scientific fields. According to the ‘Keuzegids Universiteiten 2020′, Radboud University is the best of the ‘traditional’, broad universities in The Netherlands. The university has 7 faculties, about 23000 students, and almost 3000 fte of academic staff (including staff of Radboud University medical centre). For its core activities of research and teaching, Radboud University draws its inspiration from academic curiosity and the demands placed upon the university by society.

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Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research is the highest ranked University in the Netherlands and one of the leading international universities in the field of healthy food and living environment. The university offers 6 bachelor’s programmes, 30 master’s programmes and 3 online master’s. Our mission is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. We do not just develop top-quality expertise; we also help translate our knowledge into practice worldwide.

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Artinis Medical Systems

Artinis Medical Systems is an innovative Dutch company active in the field of medical research equipment and quality assurance equipment. The company provides user-friendly and high-tech solutions for fNIRS measurements and radiological quality management. It participates in various scientific projects and works closely together with numerous universities around the globe. They are the world leader in wearable NIRS and gold standard X-ray mammography phantoms.

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ConnectedCare is an eHealth design agency based in Nijmegen. With our background in design research, we use technology to facilitate behavior change and care collaboration. Our digital coach Liz combines social robotics, AI, persuasive technology and serious gaming in order to support patients in behavior change. Liz collaborates with healthcare professionals towards providing the optimal therapy and guidance.

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Flow.ai is tech company specialised in conversational AI. It offers software and services to create solutions such as chatbots to automate customer service. These chatbots are powered by Natural Language Processing technology and can be deployed on any messaging channel and embedded in various business processes. Through the Flow.ai platform language technology models can be trained and content can be updated based on provided analytics.



Imec is a research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology. Imec is known for leveraging world-class infrastructures and local and global ecosystems of diverse partners across a multitude of industries. The aim of Imec is to accelerating progress towards a connected, sustainable future. Imec-NL has a location in Eindhoven, which focusses on vitality & wellbeing, mobility, smart & intuitive spaces and environmental monitoring as part of the Holst Centre, an independent open-innovation R&D center by imec and TNO. Other locations are Nijmegen and Wageningen as part of OnePlanet Research Center, with the focus on developing technological innovations for a sustainable future in food, agriculture, and health.

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Noldus Information Technology was established in 1989 by Lucas Noldus, founder and CEO of the company. Noldus has strived to advance behavioral research ever since, evolving into a company that provides integrated systems including software, hardware, and services. Noldus’ mission is to provide innovative tools for behavior, health & well-being: from data collection to insights discovery. Noldus currently employs 165 people across 23 offices in 10 different countries, and is represented by 10 distributors worldwide. Noldus’ systems have found their way into more than 11,000 universities, research institutes and companies in almost 100 countries.

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Orikami is a Dutch MedTech organization that specializes in applied data science and in the development and implementation of digital biomarkers to enable personalized healthcare for people with chronic diseases.

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Mead Johnson Nutrition

Mead Johnson Nutrition is part of Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a global leader and innovator in the areas of personalised nutrition, wellness, hygiene, and digital health.

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Salut’s vision is to give people insight into their health and to support health behaviours. They do this by providing personalised feedback based on data from smart devices and someone’s own goals.

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Soa Aids Nederland

Soa Aids Nederland helps the public and professionals prevent, detect and treat HIV and other STIs. Together with our (medical) experts, we offer reliable, tailor-made information. This includes websites, guidelines and training courses for healthcare professionals and teaching materials for educational purposes. Soa Aids Nederland is part of the Aidsfonds – Soa Aids Nederland foundation. Every year, we receive a government subsidy from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).