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CAD WALK: Enabling Computer Aided Diagnosis of Foot Pathologies through the use of Metric Learning

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Project "CAD WALK" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PRINSSTRAAT 13
postcode: 2000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2019-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN BE (ANTWERPEN) coordinator 160˙800.00


 Project objective

Dynamic plantar pressure imaging (PPI) refers to the measuring, across time, of pressure fields between the foot and the ground. PPI is used, in part, to diagnose foot problems such as metatarsalgia and plantar fasciitis. Despite the widespread clinical use of PPI, its diagnostic potential has not been fully exploited. PPI creates large and dynamic datasets that cannot be easily analysed and interpreted by the human brain. As a result, PPI images are subsampled before being clinically examined, which discards potentially valuable information.

The objective for this action is to improve the diagnostic value of PPI through the introduction of a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system called CAD WALK. Using concepts from my previous CAD research (STEAM), CAD WALK will build a statistical model of PPI images from a healthy population. To test a new patient, their PPI image will be aligned to the model and compared to that healthy population using statistical tests. Outliers from these statistical tests will then be highlighted to help guide a clinician’s examination of the full PPI image. As a novel addition, metric learning will be introduced to create a statistical model that is more specific to the test subject.

A key goal of this action is the deployment of CAD WALK as a supported software product. To do so, we propose a Triple ‘i’ (international, intersectoral, interdisciplinary) initiative that partners me with industry (rs scan®) and clinical end users (Sint Maartenskliniek, NL) to translate my CAD research into practical use. Through this process, and a secondment with industry partner rs scan®, I expect to deepen my knowledge of industrial product development (i.e. intellectual property rights, industry regulations, customer constraints) and improve my management skills. By addressing these two gaps in my career experience, I expect to move one step closer to fulfilling my ambition of leading my own research translation lab.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Brian G. Booth, Noël L.W. Keijsers, Jan Sijbers, Toon Huysmans
An assessment of the information lost when applying data reduction techniques to dynamic plantar pressure measurements
published pages: 161-166, ISSN: 0021-9290, DOI: 10.1016/J.JBIOMECH.2019.02.008
Journal of Biomechanics 87 2019-11-08
2019 Booth, Brian G.; Keijsers, Noel L.W.; Huysmans, Toon; Sijbers, Jan
Advancing Analysis Techniques for Plantar Pressure Videos via the CAD WALK Open-Access Database
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3521486
IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) 1 April 2019 2019-11-08
2019 Booth, Brian G.; Sijbers, Jan; Huysmans, Toon
A Machine Learning Approach to the Design of Customized Shoe Lasts
published pages: S17-S19, ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3521520
Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, Footwear Science 26 July 2019 2019-11-08
2019 Booth, Brian G.; Keijsers, Noel L.W.; Huysmans, Toon; Sijbers, Jan
Assessing Group Differences between Hallux Valgus Patients and Healthy Controls using Statistical Parametric Mapping
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3521535
The XXVII Conference of the International Socienty of Biomechanics and the American Socienty of Biomechanics (ISB/ASB 2019) 31 July - 4 August 2019 2019-11-08
2018 Brian G. Booth, Noël L.W. Keijsers, Jan Sijbers, Toon Huysmans
STAPP: Spatiotemporal analysis of plantar pressure measurements using statistical parametric mapping
published pages: 268-275, ISSN: 0966-6362, DOI: 10.1016/J.GAITPOST.2018.04.029
Gait & Posture 63 2019-11-08

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