Digi-NewB A new generation monitoring system in neonatology


Each year in Europe, more than 300000 babies are born prematurely. They are more exposed than others to the risk of sepsis, or infection.

What? Digi-NewB is an EU-funded project aiming to improve care for the newborns thanks to the development of a new generation monitoring system. The project has a particular focus on sepsis risk and maturation of premature newborns.

Who? Started on the 1st March 2016, the project gathers 7 partners from 4 countries (France, Ireland, Finland, Portugal) and will last 4 years. It is led by the Western Network of University Hospitals in France (GCS HUGO), and implemented by several universities (Rennes 1, Galway, INESC TEC, TUT Finland) and SMEs (Syncrophi, Voxygen Health). The clinical study is implemented in 6 University hospitals neonatology services, gathered into the western pediatric research network  HUGOPEREN (Rennes, Angers, Nantes, Brest, Poitiers, et Tours).

How? Our main focus is the development of a Decision Support System that will assist the clinician in decision-making processes. The system will be developed thanks to a non-invasive monitoring system that will aim to detect sepsis risk and monitor cardio-respiratory and neurobehavioral maturations. The system will accumulate a high amount of physiological data, and data coming from video and sound.


The main objective is to improve care for the newborns in neonatal units by reducing mortality, morbidity and health costs. Sub-objectives include:

  • The implementation of a large clinical study that will consists in monitoring more than 700 newborns in 6 different hospitals (Rennes, Angers, Nantes, Brest, Poitiers, Tours)
  • The identification of relevant parameters and development of composite indices to be displayed on a dedicated interface in neonatology units
  • The improvement and validation of the Decision support system with regards to diagnosis relevance and to user experience, especially in complex situations

The proposed new class of monitoring will lead to development of novel preventive and therapeutic strategies to counteract late diagnosis of sepsis and inappropriate evaluation of maturity.

Digi-NewB has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689260 . This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

partners / contact

Groupement de Coopération Sanitaire des Hôpitaux Universitaires du Grand Ouest


Laurence Jay-Passot

Laurence Jay-Passot

Secretary General

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes


Patrick Pladys

Patrick Pladys

Chief of Clinic in Pediatrics and Professor at Medicines Faculty

Université de Rennes 1 - Laboratoire du traitement du signal et de l'image


Guy Carrault

Guy Carrault

Professor, co-leader of Image and signal processing laboratory in Rennes

Tampere University of Technology


Alpo Varri

Alpo Varri

Associate professor, Dpt of Signal processing



Olivier ROSEC

Olivier ROSEC

R&D Director



Luis Antunes

Luis Antunes

Senior Researcher and professor

National University of Ireland, Galway


Gearóid Ó Laighin

Gearóid Ó Laighin

Professor of Electronic Engineering

Syncrophi Systems Ltd


Gerard Lyons

Gerard Lyons


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Start 01/03/2016
90% 20/10/2019
End 29/02/2020
Premature newborns 000 premature newborns each year in Europe
risk of infection -20 % are at risk of infection
newborns monitored + newborns monitored during the project


Digi-NewB in the press


Digi-NewB published on 7th May a press release concerning the successful two first recordings of a premature newborn sepsis score at Rennes ...

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New project promotional videos


We are glad to show you the latest progress of our project in 2-min long videos, click on the links below to visualize them:  EN versio...

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[Press release] First system demonstration now operational


A small step for AI, a big step for premature newborns: Digi-NewB first system demonstration now
operationalThree years after the start...

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7th Consortium meeting in Rennes


The seventh consortium meeting took place in Rennes, at Hospital. The main meeting objective was to prepare for the review and fine-tune the...

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400 inclusions reached!


The Digi-NewB clinical study consists of observing premature newborns by collecting their physiological signal data, video and sound recordi...

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Two questions to Advisory board member Hugo Ferreira


Hugo Ferreira is doing business development for a medical devices company. His contribution to the Advisory Board comes from...

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Artificial intelligence for the benefit of premature ne...


In the framework of the World day on prematurity (17th November), let’s focus on an hospital-led and EU-funded project aiming to impro...

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Digi-NewB presented at IHSED 2018 Conference


Two researchers, Dr. Richard Harte and Mr. Evismar Andrade from the Human Movement Laboratory Research Group, NUI Galway presented their wor...

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6th Consortium meeting took place in Rennes, France


The sixth consortium meeting took place in Rennes, at the University Technological institute and was organised back to back with the second ...

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Discover our latest newsletter April 2018 edition


Two years after the start of the project, discover:  our progress concerning the clinical study our progress concerning the project, wi...

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Two questions to David Toohey, Syncrophi Systems Ltd. CEO


What are the motivations of Syncrophi to join such a consortium as Digi-NewB?

Syncrophi are interested in being a leader in advan...

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Digi-NewB celebrates its 2 years in Galway at 5th Conso...


The fifth consortium meeting took place on 15-16th March in the Faculty of Engineering, where our partner NUI Galway hosted us. Two full day...

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7th Consortium meeting - Rennes

This consortium meeting will see the first full Digi-NewB system demonstration, and will aim to get prepared for the final project year and upcoming review meeting.


6th Consortium meeting Rennes, France

This meeting aimed to boost the final project year plans and prepare for the full system demonstration in March 2019.


5th Consortium meeting Galway, Ireland

The 5th Consortium meeting of Digi-NewB will take place in Galway, Ireland. Two years after the project start, the project now enters into an operational phase for the future Digi-NewB system. The plans for the last two years will be clarified.


Fourth Consortium meeting in Porto

With more than 100 patients included in the clinical study, 5 hospital centers out of 6 recruiting actively patients, new data processing methods implemented by our research teams and much more insights into user needs and future system requirements, this consortium meeting is promising. Many working groups will aim to take key decisions that will drive the next project years. Our partner INESC TEC is hosting this two-day meeting.


Third Consortium meeting in Tampere

One year after the project start, this third consortium meeting will give us an overview of the work already achieved, and enable us to get a more precise view on the 3 years to come to achieve our project objectives. Our partner TUT (University of Tampere) is hosting the meeting.


Press releases

Communiqué de presse Lancement de Digi-NewB


Information on the newsletter

Newsletter #5 April 2018

Newsletter #5 Avril 2018 Edition FR

Newsletter #6 EN

Scientific publications

Scientific publications Digi-NewB

Digi-NewB in a nutshell

Standard presentation Digi-NewB

Communication tools

Flyer for conferences (EN)

Flyer for parents (FR)

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