The University of Southampton


Agent Based Computing, Knowledge Technologies, Semantic Web

HealthAgents plans to create a multi-agent distributed Decision Support System, to help in the early diagnosis and prognosis of brain tumours.

HealthAgents addresses two main complementary and equally important sets of objectives: Scientific and Technological Scientific

* Improve the classification of brain tumours by using a distributed network of local databases or Data Marts. * Develop new pattern recognition methods for a distributed classification and analysis of HR MAS and microarray data. * Define a method to check the quality and usability of a new candidate local database with a set of new cases, based on a quality score. * Compile evaluate and use parameters to audit classifiers and improve them periodically (First level of “self learning.”) * Create a “trust” framework to increase the amount of collaborating centres that after classifying some new cases will possibly provide new brain tumour cases for the distributed data warehouse * Publish scientific articles featuring most relevant achievements.


* Build the world’s largest distributed data warehouse of brain tumour cases data. * Set up a multi-agent system based on a distributed architecture. * Design a new ontology of brain tumour data. * Define a process to convert brain tumour data. * Devise a new data exchange protocol, to send and retrieve brain tumour data through a multi-agent based network. * Develop tumour classifiers using the distributed data warehouse. * Compare and analyse similitude and differences between Data Marts. * Formulate a protocol to produce improved classifiers from new data. * Enforce security policies (anonymity, authentication, authorisation, and consistency) of all information system wide.

Primary investigators

Secondary investigators

  • mc3
  • lx
  • dpd
  • bh


  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • MicroArt
  • Pharma Quality Europe
  • Universitat de Valencia
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Associated research group

  • Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group
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