Department of Computer Science is AI partner in radiology network against COVID-19

The AI-ready healthcare project creates the world's largest infrastructure for the consistently structured acquisition and analysis of radiological data about pandemics.


A total of 36 German university hospitals, two research institutes and the Technical University of Darmstadt have joined forces to combat COVID-19 in the BMBF project RACOON. The aim is to record and evaluate radiological findings in a structured and thus machine-readable way. This is one step towards making healthcare ready for Artificial Intelligence (AI). The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the Netzwerk Universitätsmedizin .

Computer scientist Dr. Anirban Mukhopadhyay, head of the Medical & Environmental Computing group, will use the data to train and further develop AI algorithms. In the future, these algorithms will support healthcare processes, for example in diagnosis, early warning, quality control or capacity planning. Access to such highly structured data on this scale is rare and will accelerate the development of innovative assistance systems. In the long term, the results will improve patient treatment.