Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Physiological Telemonitoring for Persons with Disabilities"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
physiology, information technology, wireless data transmission
Project Description:
Telecare can be used for in-home monitoring or providing remote medical or rehabilitation services from healthcare institutions. In addition to decreasing service and travel expenses, telecare monitoring promotes independent living and continued community participation for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. We seek to expand current telecare systems to monitor changes in physiological parameters of wheelchair users. Physiological telemonitoring provides these individuals the ability to monitor their health to prevent potential health complications associated with their disability and long-distance emergency oversight by caregivers or healthcare professionals. Because medical conditions among individuals vary, customizable physiological sensor arrays need to be developed on a case-by-case basis.
Expected Student Contributions:
The undergraduate student researcher is expected to test different physiologic transducers and sensors for a sensor array specific to individuals with spinal cord injuries. Subsequent project steps involve measuring baseline physiologic data from the sensor arrays from a subject, integrating this sensor array with a wireless telecare transmitter, and decoding the physiologic measurements for the receiver. The intern will be responsible for writing up and present their findings in laboratory meetings and potential publications.
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Desired Qualifications:
A successful applicant should be a junior or senior with an Engineering, Technology or Computer Science major with a GPA: 3.3 or above. They must possess a strong work ethic, willingness to learn new techniques, and an interest in both basic and applied research. Experience software programming and circuit design is desirable.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 4 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Duerstock, Bradley
biomedical engineering, industrial engineering

Student Supervisor

Brad Duerstock
associate prof. of engineering practice

Cooperating Faculty

Jeffrey Brewer
College of Technology