CMI-NENThe SymposiumProf.dr. Wiro Niessen

Prof.dr. Wiro Niessen

University Medical Center Groningen
Dean of Faculty of Medical Sciences, Prof AI in Medical Imaging & Health

Challenges and opportunities for AI in health: towards precision prevention & precision medicine

The combination of big data and artificial intelligence are dramatically increasing the possibilities for prevention, cure and care, and have large potential to change the landscape of the healthcare system. However, the translation from promising research results towards successful and responsible implementation in clinical practice is challenging. In this presentation I will show the opportunities and challenges of big data analytics with AI techniques in health. Applications in the field of improved prognosis in dementia and improved diagnosis and prediction and oncology will be shown. Finally, I will address the challenges of how to successfully integrate these technologies in daily clinical workflow. This will require (i) good access to health data, both for the development of accurate and robust algorithms, and for their validation, and (ii) collaboration and co-creation within multidisciplinary teams consisting of academic researchers, clinicians and industry.


Wiro Niessen is Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University Groningen and Board Member of the UMCG. He is professor of AI in Medical Imaging and Health and has expertise in the development and implementation of AI in healthcare. His interests include the development and validation of quantitative biomedical image analysis methods, in linking imaging and genetic data for improved disease diagnosis and prognosis, using machine learning (AI) and image guided interventions. He supervised 60 PhD students in these fields. He is fellow and was president of the MICCAI Society. From 2019-2023 he was CTO of Health-RI, which aims to develop a national health data infrastructure for reuse of data for research and innovation. In 2015 he received the Simon Stevin award, the largest prize in the Netherlands in Applied Sciences. In 2017 he was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.