Retour sur le projet iToBos.
The iToBos project aims to create an intelligent 3D scan to enable early detection of melanoma. This project brings together many institutional and organizational partners. There are 19 partners working together for iToBos across Europe. The project will last four years and started on April 1st 2021. In order to make this project possible, 12 million euros have been allocated to all partners. This grant was issued by the European Commission. Indeed, iToBos won one of the 5 places of the Horizon prize, among 150 participants.
Our role in the iToBos consortium is to develop artificial intelligence modules. These modules will allow the analysis of mole images. These modules will allow to analyze the images of moles and will be, with the help of the 3D scan, evaluated individually. The result will be a personalized diagnosis, based on the patient’s metadata. Of the total contribution of the European Commission, a budget of 670,000 euros has been allocated to us.
On September 7, the 4th General Assembly took place. This meeting was hosted by the University of Girona. Indeed, its researchers are the coordinators of the whole project. It was the first meeting in physics, the pandemic being a brake to these gatherings. All the representatives of the 19 partners were present in physics or by videoconference. During this meeting, we were able to analyze the results and the progress of each participant. Based on this data, we were able to discuss our next objectives. This meeting was also the moment to prepare the Periodic Report of the project. This one will have to be finalized in November 2022. This general assembly also allowed us to recognize the obstacles we have faced. During the pandemic we could not consider a physical meeting. This setback allowed us to re-evaluate the release date of the first prototype of iToBos.
With this new deadline, we were able to see more clearly the steps to come. Our team is already well advanced on new algorithm designs and validation of older designs. Thus, this latency is seen as an opportunity to strengthen our algorithms. This practice will allow us to anticipate the incorporation of AI algorithms in the iToBos prototype. The next meeting will take place in the first quarter of 2023. Before then, we will have designed the most efficient way to incorporate metadata into the AI prediction. The detection and matching of lesions detected by different images will have to be developed over this period.
We are continuing our work in collaboration with international partners to detect melanoma early. This collaborative work with partners who are captivated by artificial intelligence is an asset. This commitment allows us to project ourselves in our role as an incubator. Thanks to this experience in inter and extra notional team building, we can once again assert ourselves in the field of AI.