Establishing whether a patient is suffering from severe lung disease, possibly COVID-19, within a few minutes: this is possible using ultrasound machines that are enhanced with artificial intelligence. A research team at Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Trento in Italy has been able to translate the expertise of top lung specialists into a software update for these ultrasound machines. Ruud van Sloun (TU/e) elaborated on this innovation, and discussed the advantages that come along with it.

Ruud van Sloun is an Assistant Professor in the Signal Processing Systems group of the Electrical Engineering department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He works on intelligent sensing and signal processing algorithms, with a special focus on artificial intelligence in medical imaging. Applications span from AI-based diagnostic ultrasound image formation to automatic interpretation. Van Sloun has contributed to over 50 scientific publications and 4 patents. In 2019, he received a prestigious Rubicon grant from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Ruud was included in Elsevier’s 30 under 30 most influential young people in the Netherlands.

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