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Heart Carer: A Cloud Based Mobile Electrocardiogram (ECG) System for Long Term Heart Monitoring

Presenter: Xiaodai Dong, PhD, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Friday, Nov. 30: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Heart disease is the number one killer globally, accounting for over 30% of deaths each year.  Electrocardiogram (ECG) is the most important tool in heart disease screening and diagnosis. ECG tests are usually prescribed by doctors and performed in a hospital/clinic. However, cardiac heart rhythm problems may occur intermittently and a normal snapshot ECG might miss the problem.  Holter monitoring can only partially solve this problem by continuous recording for 24 or 48 hours.  In remote areas, clinical ECG and/or expensive holter tests are not easily accessible.  This talk introduces a recently developed cloud based mobile ECG system named Heart Carer for easy heart monitoring any where, any time.  It has a low cost sensor, using one’s smartphone to display and transmit ECG data to a cloud server. Different ways to utilize the collected ECG data including automation enabled by machine learning will be discussed.

Dr. Xiaodai Dong received her PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen's University in 2000. She has been with the University of Victoria since 2005, where she is now a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She was a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) from 2005-2015. Between 2002 and 2004, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. From 1999 to 2002, she was with Nortel Networks in Ottawa and worked on the base transceiver design of the third-generation (3G) mobile communication systems. Dr. Dong’s research interests include wireless communications, Internet of things (IoT), eHealth, mHealth, security, smart grid, nano-communications and signal processing for biomedical applications. She has served on various editorial boards, international grant panels and conference technical program committees. 


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