Alexandra KÖNIG

Chercheuse clinicienne / Chief Medical Officer, INRIA / Ki-elements

Dr. Alexandra König is a trained neuropsychologist at the Memory Clinic and Research Center at the University hospital in Nice and an associate clinical researcher at the Cobtek (Cognition, Behaviour, Technology) lab at the University Côte d’azur and the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), Sophia Antipolis in France.

She graduated with a BSc in Psychology from University of Montreal, Canada and a MSc in Neuropsychology from Maastricht University, Netherlands. In 2015, she obtained her Phd in Neuroscience from the School of Mental health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University, Netherlands, and fulfilled a post-doctoral fellowship at the Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL) at the University of Toronto and the Computational Health Informatics Lab (CHIL) at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Her primary research domains are Neuropsychology, Geriatrics, Neurology and Psychiatry with a focus on the intersection of Ageing and Technology, namely the use of Artificial Intelligence for improved and timely neurocognitive assessments in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases. Furthermore, she is involved in the design of non pharmacological interventions for dementia patients involving assistive technologies. She worked in various national and international research projects, coordinated for the French Memory clinic the European FP7 project ‘Dem@care’, and the EIT Digital project ‘ELEMENT’. She is the coordinator of the European EIT health project ‘DeepSpa’ which aims to develop a telecommunication-based platform for pre-screening and monitoring of patients in clinical trials. Built on existing speech and image analysis technologies, it will allow to remotely conduct neurocognitive tests and potentially detect earlier signs of decline.

Alexandra is author of over 30 journal and conference papers. She is co-founder of the start-up ‘ki-elements’, which develops a software for digitalized cognitive tests supplemented by automatic speech analysis.