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Innovative Measurement System for Remote Monitoring of Biosignals (EPS2022/48)

   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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  Dr D Anagnostou, Dr Souheil Smida  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Develop new radar-based and Wi-Fi-based wireless sensing technologies for healthcare monitoring to complement our group's wireless vital sign monitoring system that senses breathing rate and heart rate from a distance of about 1 metre. The PhD candidate will:

  1. Develop an innovative measurement system consisting of performing measurements at two different ISM bands (2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz), concurrently, and correlating the measured signals to cancel-out the respiration and boost the heartbeat signal-to-noise-ratio. To achieve this goal, dual-band directive antennas and novel microwave components will be designed.
  2. Design electromagnetic structures to improve the Channel State Information (CSI) of Wi-Fi radiowaves detected by networking cards and processing the data to extract breathing and location information. 
  3. Integrate the two technologies on a mobile assisted-living robot that carries new sensors. This will be done using microcontrollers (e.g. RPI4) in an autonomous way so that the robot will autonomously steer itself towards the origin of the breathing and heartbeat signals for maximum efficiency and accuracy.

Applications: autonomous patient monitoring, home care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, care homes, remote monitoring of covid-19 patients, wireless monitoring of premature babies and people with sensitive skin, monitoring of prisoners, and others.

Funding Notes

Funding: DTP / EPSRC Proposals to be submitted
There are a number of scholarships available which offer funding from between 3 and 3.5 years at an average stipend rate of £15,000 per year.
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