College of Engineering

MS Project Defense by Parama Chaiyasucheeva

Date(s): 12/14/2011 10:00 AM - 12/14/201112:00 PM
Location: Lester W. Cory Conference Room, SENG-213A
Contact: Paul J. Fortier 508-999-8544



In the world of healthcare, cardiac-related symptoms are one of the leading maladies seen in healthcare centers. There is a wide range of cardiac symptoms from minor, such as rapid heartbeat, slow heartbeat, and palpitation to major symptoms such as heart failure, heart attack, and sudden cardiac death encountered every day. As seen in some healthcare database there are hundreds of possibilities that might cause heart problems. Heart attack, for instance, has approximately 138 causes which include shock and respiratory failure. Thus a variety of tools, e.g. questionnaires, are available to extract information to aid in detecting cardiac problems. However there are only a few useful tools available for automatic assessment for these problems.

This project will integrate the active assessment, physiological data fetched from a combination of seven sensors: EKG, O2Saturation, Blood Pressure, Blood flow, Pulse Rate, Water Retention, and Temperature sensors, with passive assessment, answers obtained from Heart Failure Somatic Awareness Scale developed by Dr. Kristen Sethares, PhD program director and associate professor at College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. These two assessments are combined in a tree structure fashion. N-ary tree based data mining will be implemented and used to segregate the patients living with heart failure into NYHA groups and display in real-time. With this tool, patients would be well-aware with their current health status and could therefore adjust their eating-, exercising-, and working-habit accordingly. This instrument would diminish the intervention of nurses which reduce cost and also enhance the home-healthcare system.

NOTE: All ECE Graduate Students are ENCOURAGED to attend.

All interested parties are invited to attend.

Open to the public.

Advisor: Dr. Paul J. Fortier

Committee Members: Dr. Howard E. Michel and Dr. Liudong Xing

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