A interesting problem in personalized decision-support systems for improving an individual patient’s health, is to combine general clinical guidelines with past experiences of that same or similar patients. In the EU project selfBACK (http://www.selfback.eu), in which we tightly cooperate with the Department of public health and general practice at NTNU, we combine rule-based reasoning with case-based reasoning to capture these two knowledge types. The target problem is Low-Back Pain, and the aim of the project is to develop and thoroughly test a mobile phone app that will give a patient advice on how to improve his/her lower back conditions, in a short or long term. Activity data is continuously captured via a wrist band and used alongside subjective information on pain and functionality. This project will focus either on the case-based method, the rule-based method, or their combination. A concrete project specification will be worked out that takes the candidates’ interests, as well as the needs of the project ,into account.
The project is suitable for 1-2 people working in a group, but can also be defined for one person.
Supervisor: Kerstin Bach and Paul Jarle Mork, ISM.