Researchers to use maths to support wellbeing
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Researchers to use maths to support wellbeing

A De Montfort University (DMU) Leicester, UK, researcher has received a €183,000 grant to create a new mathematical model which will support people to make decisions on their health and wellbeing.

Francisco Chiclana, Professor of Computational Intelligence and Decision Making at DMU’s School of Computer Science and Informatics, was awarded the money under the Horizon 2020 programme.

Chiclana and researcher Dr Raquel Ureña, currently at the University of Cádiz (Spain), will work on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship project for the next 24 months.

They will combine four different areas of research: social network analysis, fuzzy preference modelling, multiple attribute group decision-making and game theory.

Chiclana said it was the first time these four areas had been combined. The model would use trust and consensus to make the suggestions, “paving the way for an entirely new form of automated decision support”.

The first year is to be spent on developing the theoretical mathematical model. It will be tested during the second phase of the project, on patients recovering from cancer in Spain.

It will be used to create an app, which will act as an e-health recommender system – such as a Fitbit – that will suggest healthy lifestyle changes to patients.

The research team will then evaluate the success of the e-health recommender system by analysing whether the patients prefer the direct to the personalised and consensus-based recommendations.

Chiclana said: “This research aims to achieve more accurate and realistic decision making models for trust-based social choice.

“In collaboration with the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Granada (Spain), the proposed framework will be applied to build an Android mobile app to provide patients recovering from cancer with personalised recommendations on how to keep a healthy lifestyle.

“This impact will be manifest as a quality of life enhancement.”