Noncontact and Unobtrusive Techniques for Vital Sign Monitoring (with hands-on experience)

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Summary: This workshop is intended to give an overview about measurement techniques that are well suited for unobtrusive monitoring of vital signs. It will provide information of strengths and drawbacks of individual techniques and their potential for wearable use.

A special focus of this workshop lies on providing hands-on experience during demonstration session in which attendees can try prototypes of the presented measurement techniques. This includes e.g. an in-ear sensor, instrumented seats, infrared cameras, and other wearable devices.

Contents: Sensor Methods covered by this workshop are Magnetic induction (MI) monitoring, Capacitive electrocardiography (cECG), Infrared technology (IR), and Remote photoplethysmography (PPG). Each of these methods will be introduced by a presentation of theory, pros and cons, and application examples and studies. Further presentations will address potential solutions for signal processing and fusion of physiological signals recorded by unobtrusive sensors.

Topic Duration [min]
Introduction 10
MI presentation 20
MI demonstration 10
cECG presentation 20
cECG demonstration 30
Hands-On 1 20
IR presentation 20
IR demonstration 10
Remote PPG presentation 20
Remote PPG demonstration 10
Hands-On 2 20
Sensorfusion presentation 20
Sensorfusion demonstration 10
Hands-On 3 20

Information about organizer:

Organizer: Daniel Teichmann1, Steffen Leonhardt1
Co-organizers: Lennart Leicht1, Xinchi Yu1, Michael Paul1, Carina Pereira1, Christoph Brüser2, Christoph Hoog Antink1
1Philips Chair for Medical Information Technology, RWTH University Aachen

Daniel Teichmann was born in Essen, Germany, in 1982. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree (2009) and a Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree (2015) in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. In 2015 he was appointed senior scientist and head of the medical instrumentation group at the Philips Chair for Medical Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. His research interests include biomedical monitoring, signal processing, and data analysis.

Steffen Leonhardt was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1961. He holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo, NY, USA, a Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and an M.D. in Medicine from J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. He has five years of R&D management experience working at​ ​Draeger Medical ​ ​AG & Co. KGaA., Luebeck, Germany, and was appointed Full Professor and Head of the Philips endowed Chair of Medical Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 2003. Among others, Dr. Leonhardt serves as an associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. In 2014, he became a fellow of the NRW Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts in Duesseldorf. In 2015, he was appointed a distinguished lecturer by the IEEE EMBS.