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University of West Scotland to support AI platform for mental health

25/05/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The University of West Scotland (UWS) and tech start-up Frog Systems have won £250,000 in funding for the development of an artificial intelligence platform to support mental health and wellbeing.

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The money has been awarded for the 30-month project under UK Research and Innovation’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme.

Frog Systems has developed an online platform to showcase people sharing their life experiences to direct users to support services.

A team of academics at UWS, led by Professors Naeem Ramzan and Zeeshan Pervez from the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, will work with the company on developing content streaming capabilities through an intelligent recommendations engine and dynamic video content delivery process.

Dr Stuart McKay, senior KTP manager at UWS, said: “Our award winning AI and machine learning knowledge are being applied to develop the next generation of Frog Systems’ wellness software platform; streamlining both content production and service delivery, providing greater insight for platform adopters and, critically, an enhanced end-user experience.”

Phil Worms, CEO of Frog Systems, said: “Demand for the mental health and wellbeing support our platform offers is increasing and this partnership will bring new knowledge and skills to our business to position us for rapid scale-up. The ability to embed AI and machine learning will make the platform more responsive for users and give our clients even greater insight into how they can allocate resources to provide support.”

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