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Artificial Intelligence for Image Data Analysis in the Life Sciences

Objective

Machine learning (ML) has enabled and accelerated frontier research in the life sciences, but democratised access to such methods is, unfortunately, not a given. Access to necessary hardware and software, knowledge and training, is limited, while methods are typically insufficiently documented and hard to find. Furthermore, even though modern AI-based methods typically generalize well to unseen data, no standard exists to enable sharing and fine-tuning of pretrained models between different analysis tools. Existing user-facing platforms operate entirely independently from each other, often failing to comply with FAIR data and Open Science standards. The field of AI and ML is developing at a staggering pace, making it impossible for the non-specialist to stay up to date.

To enable the life science communities to benefit from AI/ML-powered image analysis methods, AI4LIFE will build bridges, providing urgently needed services on the common European research infrastructures. We will build an open, accessible, community-driven repository of FAIR pre-trained AI models and develop services to deliver these models to life scientists, including those without substantial computational expertise. Our direct support and ample training activities will prepare life scientists for responsible use of AI methods, while contributor services and open standards will drive community contributions of new models and interoperability between analysis tools. Open calls and public challenges will provide state-of-the-art solutions to yet unsolved image analysis problems in the life sciences.

Our consortium brings together AI/ML researchers, developers of popular open source image analysis tools, providers of European-scale storage and compute services and European life sciences Research Infrastructures -- all united behind the common goal to enable life scientists to fully benefit from the untapped but potentially tremendous power of AI-based analysis methods.

Coordinator

EURO-BIOIMAGING ERIC
Net EU contribution
€ 238 500,00
Address
Pl 123
20521 Turku
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Etelä-Suomi Varsinais-Suomi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 238 500,00

Participants (9)

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 522 378,00
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Heidelberg, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 1 522 378,00
FONDAZIONE HUMAN TECHNOPOLE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 767 000,00
Address
Viale Levi Montalcini Rita 1
20157 Milano

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Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 767 000,00
FUNDACAO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 392 625,00
Address
Avenida Berna 45a
1067-001 Lisboa

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Region
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 392 625,00
UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 331 020,00
Address
Calle Madrid 126
28903 Getafe (Madrid)

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 331 020,00
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 751 643,00
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 751 643,00
INSTRUCT-ERIC
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 34 500,00
Address
Oxford House, Parkway Court, John Smith Drive
OX4 2JY Oxford

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South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 34 500,00
EUROPEAN INFRASTRUCTURE OF OPEN SCREENING PLATFORMS FOR CHEMICAL BIOLOGY EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTUCTURE CONSORTIUM (EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC)
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 34 500,00
Address
Robert-rossle-str. 10
13125 Berlin

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Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 34 500,00
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 34 500,00
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Düren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 34 500,00
EUROPEAN MARINE BIOLOGICAL RESOURCE CENTRE EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM
France
Net EU contribution
€ 34 500,00
Address
4 Place Jussieu
75005 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 34 500,00