Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Xinming Huang, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Premananda Indic, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Premananda Indic

Co-advisor

Edward A. Clancy

Identifier

etd-112315-234212

Abstract

"This thesis presents a real-time noncontact system that can monitor an infant's respiration and detect apnea when it occurs. For infants, bedside monitoring of respiratory signals using non-contact sensors is desirable at the hospital and for in-home care. Traditional approach employs acoustic sensors which can hardly detect infant breathing due to low SNR. In this thesis, a novel method is introduced by using a ultra-wideband (UWB) radar that obtains breathing signal from an infant's weak chest vibration. Furthermore, advanced signal processing techniques are proposed to monitor the breathing signal and to detect apnea. Since an infant may move in the crib, a location algorithm is applied periodically to track the current location of the infant's chest. An apnea warning is issued when the respiration is absent for a pre-defined period of time."

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2015-11-23

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

Biomed signal processing, UWB Radar, Infant Apnea, Breathing Detection

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