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A Course on Biomedical Instrumentation Utilizing Laboratory Based on System Design Approach

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Projects and Applications

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Engineering Technology

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22.29.1 - 22.29.17



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Chandra R. Sekhar Purdue University, Calumet

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Chandra R. Sekhar, Purdue University, Calumet. Professor Chandra R. Sekhar is a member of the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet. Professor Sekhar earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Madras (India), a Diploma in Instrumentation from Madras Institute of Technology and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania. Professor Sekhar’s primary teaching and research focus is in the areas of Biomedical and Process Control Instrumentation and Clinical Engineering.

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Omer Farook Purdue University

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Professor Omrt Farook is a member of the faculty of the Electrical and Computer
Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet. Professor Farook received the Diploma
of Licentiate in Mechanical Engineering and B.S.M.E. in 1970 and 1972 respectively. He further
received B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. in 1978 and 1983 respectively from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Professor Farook’s current interests are in the areas of Embedded System Design, Hardware –
Software Interfacing, Digital Communication, Networking, Image processing and Biometrics,
C++, PHP and Java Languages. He has a keen interest in pedagogy and instruction delivery
methods related to Distance learning.

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Jai P. agrawal Purdue University Calumet

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Jai Agrawal is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1991, dissertation in Power Electronics. M.S. and B.S. also in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 1970 and 1968 respectively. His expertise includes analog and digital electronics design, power electronics, nanophotonics and optical/wireless networking systems. He has designed several models of high frequency oscilloscopes and other electronic test and measuring instruments as an entrepreneur. He has delivered invited short courses in Penang, Malaysia and Singapore. He is also the author of a textbook in Power Electronics, published by Prentice-Hall Inc. His professional career is equally divided in academia and industry. He has authored several research papers in IEEE journals and conferences. His current research is focused on renewable energy technology, smart energy grid.

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Essaid Bouktache Purdue University, Calumet

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A Course on Biomedical Instrumentation Utilizing Laboratory Based on System Design ApproachThe paper expounds how within the curriculum of an Electrical and Computer EngineeringTechnology program, the biomedical course is redesigned so that the students can follow thetheory with laboratory experiments based on Biomedical System Design approach. Isolatedexperiments focused on a single topic never conveyed the holistic feel that is gained through acomplete instrumentation platform design.This course is offered in the form of Learning Modules. The paper discuses the coursesystem design modules in details which encompasses: Transducer theory, Human Physiology,Microcontrollers based Embedded System design and Embedded SystemProgramming, Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), Design and use of Graphical UserInterface (GUI), Electronics and use of Analog Devices.Biomedical System Design platform consists of a Microcontroller based system interfaced with aPersonal Computer (PC). The Microcontroller based system will acquire a particularphysiological signal. The microprocessor will perform digitization of the signal and capture therelevant data dedicatedly in real time basis. The data is further communicated to PC through ahost of data communication protocols. The data is analyzed by a number of application programsdesigned by students. The students also design Graphical User Interface (GUI) application thatoperates on the stored data from the files and implements a number of operational parameterslike alarms and physiological variables.Redesigning of the course with this approach benefits the institution in establishing a laboratorywithout commercial instrumentation that is cost prohibitive. Commercial instrumentationutilizes the proprietary technology that is not comprehendible and not amenable and acquiescentto student’s learning. This approach provides a unique opportunity for the students, to learninstrument design and development in the biomedical area from concept to completion. TheSystem Design approach will provide the students lifelong learning experience that preparesthem for their professional life.

Sekhar, C. R., & Farook, O., & agrawal, J. P., & Bouktache, E. (2011, June), A Course on Biomedical Instrumentation Utilizing Laboratory Based on System Design Approach Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17311

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