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May 31, 2011

Mtg: Wearable Respiratory Monitoring: Algorithms and System Design

by @ 1:31 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

WEDNESDAY June 1, 2011
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Wee Ser, Nanyang Technological University
Time: Networking/Light Dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation accepted for food
Place: QualComm Santa Clara, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/cas

More than 15% of the population suffers from some forms of respiratory disorders (e.g. Asthma, Bronchitis, Sleep Apnea, etc.) and some of such disorders can be acute. Currently, physicians perform such diagnosis by listening to lung sound using a stethoscope. The problem of this existing approach is that, the history of occurrence is important and yet patientsâ?? descriptions are often erroneous. Furthermore, auscultation with stethoscope is subjective and cannot be used for long-duration monitoring too. The emerging trend is therefore to monitor respiratory disorders in a home setting through the use of a wearable system. This lecture will focus on presenting the findings generated from a joint research program undertaken by the lecturer and his engineering team at NTU and the physicians at the National University Hospital (Singapore). In particular, sound based monitoring of the respiratory disorders relating to wheezes (e.g. Asthma, COPD) will be discussed. In addition to presenting the typical characteristics of such signals, the lecture will also address the problems imposed by the wearable constraint and discuss the algorithms and system solutions to these problems. The development of algorithms and the associated circuits and systems has evolved through three generations of designs. The problems faced and the findings obtained for these designs will be shared at the lecture. A demonstration of the effectiveness of some of these techniques and designs will be given during the lecture too.

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