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Real-time health monitoring system for sick infants– A Capstone project experience

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2020 ASEE North Central Section conference


Morgantown, West Virginia

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March 27, 2020

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March 27, 2020

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May 20, 2020

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Chirag Parikh Grand Valley State University

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Chirag Parikh is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his B.S. degree from University of Mumbai, India in 2000. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas in 2003 and 2007 respectively. His research interest is in area of digital systems, hardware modeling, and cryptography and also published various papers in the same. He has taught C programming, Microcontroller Applications and Introductory/Advanced Digital courses at the undergraduate level. He has also taught a graduate level course in the area of Advanced FPGA Implementation.

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Nicoline Ying Jie Saw

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Nicoline Saw is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Grand Valley State University. Her areas of interests include embedded system design and test manufacturing.

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Caring for an infant who is sick can be stressful for the parents who have to monitor the child constantly. . Furthermore, the infant is unable to let the adult know what is bothering them. Any signs of discomfort, like crying or inactivity, can be mistaken for something less serious. So there needs to be an objective system to indicate to the parent or care giver that the condition of the child is critical. This system is useful as an alert for medical attention.

With the advancement in wireless and medical sensor technology, home healthcare and remote monitoring of physiological data have gained extreme importance. The major advantage of real-time infant monitoring system is that these systems continuously acquires physiological data from the infants and keeps track of their health status without requiring the parents to constantly check on their child. Another added advantage of the system is that the parent will receive an alert if the infant is not well so that they can provide appropriate medical attention, as opposed to the traditional way of finding out that the infant is really sick only when checking on the infant.

This paper talks about the design of a real-time infant monitoring system which is a capstone design project experience for a graduate student. The system mentioned in this paper uses microcontroller, several biomedical sensors for sensing vital physiological data from human body and sending them to microcontroller such as MSP432 for processing and a wireless module such as ESP8266 that will inform the parents by sending them an email so they can attend to their child immediately. The paper also talks about the experience and challenges the student had while undergoing the project from brainstorming phase to successful implementation.

Parikh, C., & Saw, N. Y. J. (2020, March), Real-time health monitoring system for sick infants– A Capstone project experience Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia.

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