E56 Dr. Jamie McGann and Dr. Johann Issartel, Co-Founders at MoveAhead

    Welcome to episode 56 of the AI Ireland podcast, the show that explores the applications and research of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence on the island of Ireland.

    Our mission is to increase the use of AI for the benefit of our society, our competitiveness and everyone living in Ireland.

    In today’s episode, our guests are Dr. Jamie McGann and Dr. Johann Issartel, who are the co-founders of MoveAhead, a university spin-out company from DCU and the ADAPT Centre. Their mission is to transform the way children interact with technology by powering third-party EdTech, digital games and movement learning experiences that get young people moving the ‘right’ way.

    MoveAhead is motivated by the results of their widely published studies which found that modern children are increasingly sedentary and have poorly developed movement skills. This has serious consequences for both health and cognitive outcomes. MoveAhead tackles this issue by marrying a deep understanding of how children move, with state-of-the-art computer vision, machine learning and AI techniques.

    The technology supports meaningful movement-based interactions, personalising a user’s movement experience and providing near real-time feedback to support improved movement outcomes. In this way, MoveAhead helps children ‘learn to move and move to learn.’

    In this episode, Johann and Jamie discuss:

    • How MoveAhead came about
    • The importance of movement development in childhood
    • The factors impacting skill acquisition for the current generation
    • The affordances that their tech has to offer
    • Future goals for the company


    We would like to say a big thank you to Jamie and Johan for being this week’s guests on the AI Ireland Podcast. If you would like to find out more about their work, check out the website www.moveahead-project.com

    Finally, if you would like to hear more from AI Ireland, please reach out to us to learn more about AI Ireland membership and how to get involved with the 2021 AI Awards by contacting mark@aiawards.ie.

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