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U of Nottingham start-up creates technology that can detect depression using a smartphone camera


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 26th, 2020

A University of Nottingham start-up has developed a technology that can detect depression and other mental health conditions using a smartphone camera.

BlueSkeye AI has combined mental health research with specialist expertise in computer vision, machine learning and AI to create its technology, which uses smartphone cameras to detect changes in physical behavior and facial expression caused by mental health conditions.

“The idea stems from work that we have been involved with to try to identify and recognize depressive illnesses,” says Michel Valstar, co-inventor of the technology and co-founder of BlueSkeye. “One of the physical changes which takes place if people have a mental health issue is motor control, and that can manifest itself in changes in facial expression and tone of voice.”

BlueSkeye is working with the university’s commercialization arm, Nottingham Technology Ventures (NTV), to identify a number of potential uses for its technology, such as integrating it into healthcare companies’ digital platforms.

“BlueSkeye AI will put the ability to monitor mental health into the hands of individuals and medical professionals by building an affordable and accessible tool on mobile,” says Valstar.

Andy Naylor, CEO of NTV, comments, “Our decision to support BlueSkeye reflects not only a belief that this represents an important opportunity, but also the fact that it could help to identify, treat and manage conditions which affect many people.”

Source: Business Cloud

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