Prediction and decision support systems for knee osteoarthritis

Project description

Strategic research project of the University of Oulu
Focus institute: Infotech Oulu
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine (FoM)


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disease in the world. Despite the extensive research, the etiology of OA is still poorly understood and its progression is highly difficult to predict clinically. However, large amount of accumulated clinical and research data exists, which enables new possibilities to understand OA progression when analysed with novel machine learning based methods. The ultimate objective is to produce a data-driven computational tool to support clinical decision making and to find major risk factors and determinants of OA and its progression. The research project will also have a strong focus on state-of-the-art machine learning approaches allowing to combine patients’ clinical background and imaging data.


Simo Saarakkala

Simo Saarakkala

Professor, ERC Starting Grantee