The Electronic Systems (ES) group within the Department of Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) seeks to hire an outstanding PhD candidate within the field of remote vital signs monitoring.
Commoditization of digital cameras in visibile, nIR and thermal infra-red spectral ranges has led to the discovery of a relatively large variety of techniques to measure physiological parameters in an entirely contactless manner, using these cameras. Within the UMOSA project we will explore two contactless techniques, namely speckle vibrometry and remote thermography because each has a unique measurement principle, and consequently, they provide a relatively broad range of complementary physiological parameters.
In this PhD project, you will investigate how remote thermography (rTG) can be used for sleep monitoring. Nasal air flow is a standard measurement in polysomnography and is typically done with oro-nasal thermistors which are cumbersome to wear. To address this problem, the usefulness of rTG sleep monitoring has been already been demonstrated but measurement continuity is often compromised due to obfuscation of the nasal area by blankets, masks or simply because the patient turns her face away. Current thermal cameras are rather expensive so a multiple camera solution is not preferred. Also, thermal cameras often have relatively large viewing angles to increase the chance that the face is in view. As result, the small nasal area is imaged poorly and the measurement is qualitative rather than quantitative. To address these drawbacks, you need to develop in this PhD project a narrow field rTG device which could be placed at several location/viewing angles guaranteeing continuous nostril visibility and hereby solving the main limitation preventing the use of rTG in continuous remote vital signs monitoring.
Departments and collaborators
The Electronic Systems group consists of seven full professors, ten assistant professors, several postdocs, about 40 PDEng and PhD candidates and support staff. The ES group is world-renowned for its design automation and embedded systems research. It is our ambition to provide a scientific basis for design trajectories of electronic systems, ranging from digital circuits to cyber-physical systems. The trajectories are constructive and lead to high quality, cost-effective systems with predictable properties (functionality, timing, reliability, power dissipation, and cost). Design trajectories for applications that have strict real-time requirements and stringent power constraints are an explicit focus point of the group. Within this area, prof.dr.ir. G. de Haan and dr.ir. S. Stuijk have developed various novel remote vital signs monitoring algorithms and their embedded implementations.
The UMOSA project team is designed to combine extensive knowledge in the key fields. The project team includes partners from Philips and the Kempenhaeghe sleep hospital. As part of this project, the PhD candidate will work closely with these partners to ensure that the developed techniques are suitable for use in clinical practice.
We are looking for candidates that match the following profile:
We offer a fixed-term, 4 year position in a research group with an excellent reputation. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, including:
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