Human Measurement Project


Human Measurement Project

Artificial intelligence against malnutrition

Body measurements are an essential tool for medical diagnosis and treatment, e.g., to assess the nutritional status of people, to estimate disease risk, and to detect specific medical conditions.

However, these measurements are often difficult to realize in practice, especially with children, and, as a result, are often imprecise and unreliable. Additionally, in many developing countries of today’s world, scales and measuring boards are becoming scarcer than mobile phones.

Several alternatives to traditional body measurement methods have been developed, but to date there are no real appropriate solutions.

The goal of this project is to develop mobile applications that can estimate body measures from mobile phone pictures in a rapid, easy, automatic, reproducible, and accurate manner.

More precisely, we will develop a mobile application that can estimate the height, weight and nutritional status of children under 5 years of age for developing countries.

In order to do this, we are using state-of-the-art image processing and machine learning techniques.


Questions? Contact Magali Leyvraz, Project Manager, e-mail: