Research Impact award at FEARS

October 30 2022

The Research Impact award at the Faculty of Engineering & Architecture Research Symposium (FEARS) 2022 at UGent, was awarded to Ganjour Mazaev for his work on leak localization in drinking water networks.


Invited talk at virtual conference Asset Performance 4.0

October 25 2022 at 14h45

The 4th Industrial revolution, IoT and predictive analytics are bringing unseen possibilities in maintenance, reliability and condition monitoring. The Asset Performance 4.0 Virtual Conference offers a unique opportunity to learn how new 4.0 technologies and fundamentals in operations, maintenance and asset management reinforce each other in order to achieve higher equipment reliability and cost performance in asset intensive industries.

On Tuesday, October 25th, Sofie Van Hoecke gives a talk on “Hybrid AI for PHM: embedding expert knowledge into your AI” within the Artifical Intelligence Systems & Algorithms track of this virtual conference.

More info can be found here.

ML6 webinar on hybrid AI: successfully combining knowledge with ML models

October 17 2022 at 11h30

Machine learning opened up new ways of solving technical challenges by training models on data instead of directly implementing rules & logic. This offers a lot of new opportunities for solving difficult problems.

However, sometimes it can also be useful to combine these machine learning models with (expert) rules, to get the best possible outcome and leverage the benefits of both expert knowledge as well as machine learning models.

Hybrid AI is the name of this field, and focuses on combining non-symbolic AI (eg. machine learning), with symbolic AI (eg. expert rules). Sofie Van Hoecke (PreDiCT / Ghent University-imec) and Matthias Feys (ML6) will give an overview of this field by tackling the following topics:

  • Why and when Hybrid AI is relevant for your situation
  • An overview of different ways to combine rules with machine learning models
  • Concrete examples where hybrid AI was implemented

More info and registration can be found here.

Powershap and INK at ECML PKDD 2022

October 10 2022

Jarne Verhaeghe and Bram Steenwinckel both got the opportunity to present their work at ECML PKDD 2022.

Jarne Verhaeghe presented the novel Shapley-based wrapper feature selection method, Powershap, at ECML PKDD 2022 in both a presentation and poster format. A shorter format of the presentation can be found on YouTube while more information about Powershap can be found on GitHub.


Bram Steenwinckel presented INK, a novel interpretable Graph structure and embedding method. More information can be found on the GitHub.


Sofie is one of the winners of InspiringFifty Belgium 2022

October 06 2022

InspiringFifty Belgium, the non-profit organization aiming to increase the number of women in leadership positions in the technology sector, today announced the 50 Belgian women leaders in the field. The jury team chose from no less than 173 nominations. ​Sofie Van Hoecke from team PreDiCT is one of the winners.

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SmartWaterGrid Hybrid AI presented on Trefdag Digitaal Vlaanderen

September 22 2022

Ganjour Mazaev presented the hybrid AI solution designed in the SmartWaterGrid project on Trefdag Digitaal Vlaanderen, a govtech event bringing together digital experts from both the public and private sector.


HealthNerd Podcast - Die over AI

September 9 2022

Van het HealthTech Ondernemerscafé georganiseerd door BlueHealth Innovation Center waar Sofie van Team PreDiCT en Stephane Willaert van Robovision met elkaar in gesprek gingen over de toekomst van AI in Healthcare, maakte Tom Braekeleirs een HealthNerd Podcast getiteld: “Die over AI”.

De podcast kan je hier beluisteren.

Invited talk Technishow ESEF

September 2 2022

During TechniShow 2022, the industry will come together to hear, taste, smell and see the future on developments in the manufacturing industry and learn how to ensure that you are ready for the future and how to prepare for the ever-changing challenges and keep all professional knowledge up-to-date. On Friday, September 2nd, Sofie will give a talk on hybrid AI and how to embed expert knowledge into machine learning for prognostics health management.

More info on the event can be found here.

HealthTech Ondernemerscafé

Augustus 24 2022

Op woensdag 24 augustus gaat BlueHealth Innovation Center in gesprek met Sofie van Team PreDiCT en Stephane Willaert van Robovision om hun ervaringen te delen en het gesprek aan te gaan over de toekomst van AI in Healthcare.

More info on the event can be found here.

HealthTech Ondernemerscafé

Invited talk Siegen University

June 22 2022

Jonas Van Der Donckt was invited to give a talk to the ubicomp research group of Siegen University, Germany. In this talk he highlighted the two main parts he works upon. More specifically, Jonas zoomed in on

  1. the open source packages we make to ease data wrangling for time series
  2. the mBrain research study in which we aim to improve chronic migraine management and answer research questions of these patients with data collected in ambulatory environments.

Sparked your interest? If so, the video can be found here!

Gold medal in the Kaggle BirdCLEF 2022 competition

25 May 2022

Emiel Deprost, Jeroen Van Der Donckt, Vic Degraeve and Gilles Vandewiele from team PreDiCT (together with Gertjan Demulder from team KNoWS) achieved the 11th position in the recent BirdCLEF 2022 competition on Kaggle, resulting in a gold medal.

The goal of the competition was to create a model that can predict whether or not certain birds occur in provided soundscape recordings. Such a model allows for bioacoustic monitoring, a cost-effective strategy for studying endangered bird populations.

An overview of their solution can be found on Kaggle, or in an interview given by Gilles.

Team PreDiCT showcasing three demos and giving one talk at Future Summits 2022

May 17-18 2022

On Future Summits 2022, imec’s flagship event on nanoelectronics advances & deeptech solutions, team PreDiCT showcased three demos:

  • Michael and Ganjour gave a demo of the SmartWaterGrid project,
  • Jonas, Marija, Bram and Mathias gave a demo of our mBrain project, and
  • Matthias and Emiel presented our Smart Buildings project.

Sofie Van Hoecke also gave a talk within the Food for Data, Data for Food BIZ FFWD session on the potential of our predictive maintenance research for the food industry.

Future Summits

Big Data / Machine Learning EPP Symposium 141

28-29 April 2022

The aim of Sofie Van Hoecke’s keynote is to gain more insight into the context, profile and lifestyle of people in order to identify triggers and behaviors linked to stress, depression and/or migraines. Identifying these triggers allows the people to make adaptations to their lifestyle to improve their health. To do so, data-driven and knowledge-driven AI approaches are combined to design a health management solution that enables the shift from subjective self-reporting towards objective continuous monitoring, empowering both patients and clinicians. To increase adoption of such AI models in clinical practice, and eliminate the risk of using these models for clinical decision support, we need to shift towards explainable and trustworthy AI.

More info and agenda of the symposium can be found here.


15 maart 2022, all day

AI4Growth and Flanders AI organize the 2nd edition of the AI4 Your Business Conference, taking place during the European’s AI Week on Tuesday March 15, 2022 in Ghent.

Sofie Van Hoecke will give a talk on hybrid AI and how expert knowledge can be embedded in your AI solution to improve predictive performance.

Jonas and Jeroen Van Der Donckt will present our in-house designed plotly-resampler and tsflex open source libraries.

In the afternoon, Sofie Van Hoecke will present the fusion of machine learning and semantic technologies for improved migraine management in the session on Trustworthy AI in healthcare.

Closing event SmartWaterGrid

25 november 2021, 13h-18h

After 2 years of brainstorms, prototypes, and lots of research, the imec.icon SmartWaterGrid comes to an end.

The SmartWaterGrid consortium designed a smart system that substantiates, facilitates and automates leak localisation up to street level in soft real-time.

SmartWaterGrid surpassed the state of the art in terms of data capture across the water grid as well as on hybrid AI modeling, which involves both data-driven and model-driven digital twin approaches applied to collected sensor data. The resulting demonstrator and strategy will be incorporated into the offerings of all industry partners to boost service levels, decrease costs and waste and meet increased pressure from regulators.

Join our closing event and discover the innovative project results. Besides the technical insights, also integrated demos will be given during this closing event. We will also give a sneak peek on the next steps.

When? November 25th, 2021

Where? De Watergroep, Broekstraat 150, 3001 Heverlee

More info and registration

Gilles from Team PreDiCT wins Google Brain Kaggle competition on Ventilator Pressure Prediction

4 november 2021

Gilles from Team PreDiCT and his Kaggle companions came out victorious out of 2659 teams in the Google Brain - Ventilator Pressure Challenge. In this competition, they were given data of a lung ventilator and were asked to predict the pressure within the lung at any given timestep. A short overview of their solution can already be found here but a more extensive write-up and accompanying code will be released in the nearby future.

Finals Kaggle

Digistatie: Meer inzicht in je migraine dankzij A.I.?

16 oktober 2021, 10h-11h30

Hoe kan artificiële intelligentie migraine-patiënten helpen? Ontdek het tijdens deze digistatie in De Krook!

Heel wat mensen hebben regelmatig last van migraine. Waar die migraine vandaan komt, of wat die migraine uitlokt, is helaas vaak moeilijk te achterhalen. Wordt het beter met bewegen of net niet?

UZGent, UGent en imec onderzoeken hoe A.I. kan helpen bij het nauwkeuriger identificeren van je activiteiten en de mogelijke migraine triggers, om migraine-patiënten sneller vooruit te helpen.

Wil je graag te weten komen hoe dit precies werkt? Wil je zelf ook graag uitproberen hoe dit onderzoek je migraine kan helpen bestrijden? We leggen je tijdens deze digistatie graag uit hoe!

ITF Health USA 2021 tech showcase

13 oktober 2021

Tech showcase on using hybrid AI to detect migraine triggers and support patients

Many people regularly suffer from migraines. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to determine where the migraine comes from, or what triggers the migraine. Is it getting better with exercise or on the contrary? This demo shows how AI can help to accurately identify your user behavior and detect your migraine triggers. To do so, we designed a mobile health application that, accompanied with a wearable, machine learning and AI models, automatically learns the user behavior, type of migraine and potential migraine triggers. Patients and their doctors are currently evaluating this app and accompanying dashboards within a longitudinal clinical trial at the Ghent University Hospital to get a better view on the context in which they get headaches and optimize migraine management.

More info and free registration

ESICM talk on the prediction and causality analysis of AF in the ICU

5 oktober 2021, 15h30 CEST

Attending ESICM LIVES2021 and interested to see how our team wants to leverage data science to enhance patient care and clinical research? Join us at 15:30 CEST on Channel 8 via for our thought-provoking talk on the prediction and causality analysis of Atrial Fibrillation in the ICU using machine learning.

Kick off van ADAM-project

12 juli 2021, 14h-17h

Maandag 12 juli was de officiële kick off van het ADAM-project in ons leer- en innovatiecentrum RADar. Vorige maand kreeg RADar hiervoor een subsidie toegekend van Vlaams minister voor Innovatie Hilde Crevits. Het project wil de fundamenten leggen om via Artificiële intelligentie nieuwe kennis uit data te halen.

ADAM staat voor Advanced Data-Aided Medicine. Het doel van dit driejarig onderzoeksproject is dan ook artificiële intelligentie-modellen opzetten die ondersteuning bieden bij medische beslissingen. Via data kan op die manier snel de juiste behandeling gevonden worden voor patiënten.

Kick off ADAM-project

Meer info

Webinar: How to apply AI/ML to improve the care of a patient

June 10th, 2021, 15h-16h

The combination of innovations in the field of AIML (artificial intelligence & machine learning), technology and real-world data drive improvements in patient care and outcomes. This webinar will showcase concrete examples of how AIML is used to optimize patient care and outcomes in multi-stakeholder projects. The aim of the webinar is to share these examples and highlight how innovative medicine companies are contributing to these initiatives. More info can be found here.

Comon: Artificiële intelligentie geeft artsen superkrachten

June 8th, 2021

Comon is een collectief van wetenschappers, technologen en creatievelingen van Stad Gent, imec, Universiteit Gent en Bibliotheek De Krook. Het doel? Van Gent een betere, aangenamere en wijzere stad maken. Met wetenschap en technologie als deel van de oplossing.

Eén van de makers van Comon is Sofie Van Hoecke, professor Artificiële Intelligentie aan de UGent. Sofie werkt met haar team aan een app die migraine-aanvallen voorspelt.

Comon superkrachten

Lees hier het interview.

Jarne Verhaeghe and Thomas De Corte receive 3rd place in the 2021 ESICM Datathon

May 28th, 2021

Team IC/DC, with team PreDiCT’s doctoral students Jarne Verhaeghe and Thomas De Corte as the lead of team IC/DC, received third place on 28/05/21 in the 2021 European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Datathon with the prediction of Atrial Fibrilation using uncertainty quantifying machine learning. The winning team members received free access to the conference and may present their results at the ESICM tech forum. Jarne Verhaeghe and Thomas De Corte are promoted by Sofie Van Hoecke (PreDiCT), Femke Ongenae (IDLab), and Jan De Waele (UZGhent) and together they work on Hybrid machinE leaRning for Improved Infection management in Critically ill patients (FWO HEROI²C project).

ESICM 2021 Datathon

Webinar: Hybrid Machine Learning for Smart Maintenance

March 25th, 2021, 9h-11h

How to find synergies in data-driven and expert-based approaches for smart maintenance in industrial processes? Can we combine expert knowledge and machine learning for predictive maintenance? What about root cause analysis and anomaly detection from an AI perspective? How do the expert feedback and physics-based models fit in all this?

Join us at our free Webinar-event ‘Hybrid Machine Learning for Smart Maintenance’ on 25th March 2021 from 9 till 11 am to find out the answers to the questions above and to interact with us!

In this exclusive webinar outreach session, speakers from both the renowned scientific community @UGent (IDLab & EELab), imec, Flanders Make and industry will elaborate upon hybrid machine learning for smart maintenance. We show how to find synergies in data-driven and expert-based approaches. We detail how providing expert feedback can be used for model optimization of smart maintenance, what physics-based machine learning strategies can be deployed, and how expert knowledge can be incorporated into machine learning for root cause analysis and anomaly detection. Next to academic perspectives on smart maintenance, testimonials from a service and manufacturing company will be provided on how they perform smart maintenance using hybrid machine learning. We also warmly invite you to interact with us during the Q&A sessions.

Agenda and registration

Workshop AI4GROWTH : catalyst between SMEs and Academics

March 18th, 2021, 15h-16h

Artificial intelligence (AI) plays an increasingly important role in various aspects of our lives. Also for companies, emerging AI and ML applications lead to a competitive advantage for the early adopters embracing these technologies. To accelerate the economic potential of these technologies, to link expertise and knowledge, AI4Growth was founded as a local network within AI & ML. With members from both research-driven AI companies, AI experts from industry and academia, and companies that want to focus more on the application of AI & ML, AI4Growth creates a unique platform. In this session AI4Growth explores what the AI-(r)evolution means for society and for companies. The potential challenges of the increasing impact of AI technology on society are discussed, but also the opportunities offered by this technological revolution. With AI experts such as Sofie Van Hoecke, and input from AI believers and adopters Benjamin Vandemarliere (Boltzmann) and Jonathan Berte (Robovision) this will be an AI-session not to be missed! Digital-first professional Clo Willaerts will moderate and give you insights into the benefits and challenges of AI.

Webinar: How to establish a predictive maintenance strategy

March 4th, 2021, 11h-12h

Learn more about our research on machine learning and dynamic dashboard technologies for scalable REB health monitoring and Remaining Useful Life prediction during this webinar.

Kanaal Z presented the PreDiCT research on migraine management in their Z-Into AI special on AI in Society

December 10th, 2020

The development of Artificial Intelligence has gained momentum all over the world. The Flemish AI impulse program was set up to ensure that Flanders can continue to keep its leading position on AI. This program enables our researchers to find solutions for the challenges of tomorrow and today.

This special details AI research in Health and Society, and more specifically the PreDiCT research within the mBrain project on AI on wearables and context data for improved and personalized migraine management.

The science magazine EOS has a special issue on health and technology with three contributions from PreDiCT

October 26th, 2020

In a year in which public health is high on the agenda, science magazine Eos, in collaboration with research institute imec and Ghent University, is devoting a special issue to health and technology, with three contributions from PreDiCT.

The Eos special has three parts. The first is about prevention. Thanks to sensors, digital doubles that collect all our medical data and personalized medicines, we can detect and prevent more diseases than ever before. Part two focuses on therapy. New AI models allow doctors to design more efficient treatments, tailored to the patient. The final part focuses on care and how robots can lend a mechanical hand, and investigates the most pressing question of the moment: how can we overcome infectious diseases?

The contributions from our PreDiCT team focus on our research on migraine management using wearables, our research on personalized antibiotics therapy in the intensive care, and our vision on the future of AI for health. Read here this latter contribution (in Dutch).

EOS special issue on technology and health

Ward Haeck wins ArcelorMittal 2020 master thesis award

October 17th, 2020

Master thesis student Ward Haeck received the ArcelorMittal 2020 award for his masterthesis on ‘Transfer learning and one-shot learning for surface inspection of flat steel.’ Promotors were Sofie Van Hoecke (PreDiCT), Andy Van Yperen-De Deyne (ArcelorMittal), and Dieter De Paepe (PreDiCT).

Ward Haeck wins ArcelorMittal award

Closing Event imec.icon DyVerSIFy

November 29th, 2019 - 12h15 - 18h @ Renson

DyVerSIFy facilitates operators in exploiting the value generated by sensor analytics to the fullest by delivering software components and methodologies that advance the state-of-the-art in dynamic visualization, adaptive anomaly detection (AD) & root cause analysis (RCA), and scalable services & processing.

Discover the innovative project results that fuse the power of machine learning and semantics to predictive maintenance, enable both user-driven and anomaly-driven dashboards, and process everything in a scalable way. Besides the technical insights, also three integrated business demos will be given during this closing event.


Ons onderzoek rond voorspellen van vroeggeboorte in de pers

August 7th, 2019 @ De Morgen

Zal een vrouw te vroeg bevallen of niet? Op die vraag kan een app, ontworpen door IDlab (Universiteit Gent), antwoord bieden. De software zou ook kunnen dienen voor mensen met migraine of dementie.