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13 September 2022Bilbao

The eVIDA research group from the University of Deusto presents a research work at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2022


The eVIDA research group from the University of Deusto participated in the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2022 between  26 and  29 of  August 2022. The researcher Mario Fernando Jojoa Acosta (eVIDA) presented the research paper entitled  "Novel Complex-Valued Deep Learning Applied to Automatic Classification of Heart Sounds" where  the use of novel artificial intelligence algorithms based on complex numbers is proposed for the automatic detection of cardiac anomalies. 

This work develops a novel approach in which the input data are heartbeat recordings previously pre-processed for their representation in two dimensions through the use of the Wavelet transform. 

The core mission of the eVIDA team is to provide solutions which have an impact on the quality of life of the community. Thus, the results obtained from the research work contribute to the development of medical support tools for early detection of heart disease. 

About the research 

The applied algorithms are the result of the doctoral thesis of the researcher Mario Fernando Jojoa Acosta, under the direction of Professor María Begoña García-Zapirain from the University of Deusto and Professor Winston Spencer Percybrooks from the University of the North. The proposal opens up new possibilities to mitigate some Real-Value Deep learning issues while providing a complementary tool for the use of the inputs from the information phase to improve the predictive model.

A detailed description of the structures used could be found in the paper by Jojoa et al.  "A Fair Performance Comparison between Complex-Valued and Real-Valued Neural Networks for Disease Detection". 

Moreover, a general category within the theory of artificial intelligence is proposed, since the algorithms based on real numbers could be understood as a particular case of complex-valued algorithms, when their imaginary part is zero. However, this simple concept maintains a high mathematical complexity, since most of the learning algorithms for deep learning structures are based on the calculation of the gradient vector which leads to the need to use complete derivable mathematical functions where they are defined. The latter is a challenge for the eVIDA team, since the next step is to find an optimisation algorithm that works entirely in Hilbert space, and thus improving the performance metrics obtained so far. 

For more information. eVIDA Research Group 


07 September 2022Bilbao

IDEA4RC project awarded by Horizon Europe to develop a Rare Cancers Data Ecosystem


With a budget of eight million euros and a duration of four years, IDEA4RC, a new project funded by Horizon Europe, in which the University of Deusto (UDEUSTO) is a partner, will create an Intelligent Ecosystem to improve the governance, the sharing and the re-use of health Data for Rare Cancers. The main objective of this project is to establish a Data Space for rare cancers (RC) that will make possible the re-use of existing multisource health data (cancer registry data, national registries, data from biobanks etc.) across European healthcare systems leveraging emerging interoperability technologies and AI approaches. The "Rare Cancer Data Ecosystem" is expected to improve the quality and the organization of RC patients care, and to increase knowledge on rare cancers advancing health research, so that all patients have equal access to high quality specialist care.

Aitor Almeida, Aritz Bilbao and Unai Zulaika, researchers from UDeusto will lead WP5 “Natural EU languages processing toolkit” and will actively participate in other work packages.

Led by INT (Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori), IDEA4RC has 25 partners from 12 European countries.