IBM Research and UC San Diego Collaborate to Advance the Use of Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living

On September 28, 2017, IBM Research and the University of California San Diego announced a multiyear commitment to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL), located on the campus of UC San Diego. The groundbreaking center will bring together the technology, cognitive and life sciences strengths of IBM and UC San Diego to promote critical research and applications in two thematic areas: Healthy Aging and Human Microbiome.

AIHLThis collaboration is part of the IBM Cognitive Horizons Network, an international consortium of leading universities working to develop technologies needed to fulfill the promise of cognitive computing. According to the National Institute on Aging, cognitive health—the ability to clearly think, learn and remember—is an important component of brain health.

Over the course of five years this project will, for the first time, study in depth the impact that daily habits, the environment, genetics and the microbiome have on the cognition of older adults.  The project will model the subtle changes of aging, and will deploy personalized interventions via cognitive robots to support wellness. The ultimate goal is to enable older adults to live independently longer and have a higher quality of life.

Co-directors of the Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center will be Ruoyi Zhou and Ho-Cheol Kim from IBM; and Tajana Rosing, a faculty member in the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, and Rob Knight, a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics and Computer Science and Engineering and director of the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation.

trosing-copy2.pngThis initiative will bring together the campus’ top researchers in computer science, cognitive science, engineering and medicine, including psychiatry.

UC San Diego Team: Healthy Aging         

The Healthy Aging theme will be led by Virginia de Sa, a professor in Cognitive Science, and Laurel Riek, a Computer Science professor.

Other team members include:

Andrea Chiba, Cognitive Science

Colin Depp, Health Sciences
Danielle Glorioso, Health Sciences
Dilip Jeste, Health Sciences
David Kirsh, Cognitive Science
Marta Kutas, Cognitive Science
Tajana Rosing, Computer Science and Engineering
Federico Rossano, Cognitive Science


UC San Diego Team: Human Microbiome

The Human Microbiome theme will be led by Rob Knight and Larry Smarr, director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, as well as Sandrine Miller-Montgomery, a Jacobs School of Engineering faculty member and executive director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation.

Other team members include:

Pieter Dorrestein, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Embriette Hyde, Health Sciences
Bernhard Palsson, Systems Biology
Dorothy Sears, School of Medicine
Austin Swafford, Center for Microbiome Innovation


This project is supporting 15 UC San Diego faculty members, along with 46 students, postdocs and research staff.