2011-2012

Professor Chon Receives Grant from WPI Venture Forum

Ki Chon, Professor and Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department, has received a one year, grant from WPI Venture intended to help in the development of an iPhone application; this new application will help in the detection of atrial fibrillation.

Prof. Chon

Ki Chon, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Professor and Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department, has received a one year, $100,000 grant from WPI Venture. The WPI Venture Forum assists innovative entrepreneurs with programs and resources that are related to technological entrepreneurship. The grant is intended to help in the development of an iPhone application; this new application will help in the detection of atrial fibrillation. The goal is to utilize the mobile phone’s video camera to extract vital signs and physiological parameters including not only atrial fibrillation but heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, blood loss detection, and the dynamics of the autonomic nervous system as well. Clinical studies are ongoing at UMASS Medical Center with Dr. David McManus using a prototype of this iPhone application.

The new app is said to yield vital signs as accurately as standard medical monitors now in clinical use. Details on the development of this new technology are reported in the paper "Physiological Parameter Monitoring from Optical Recordings with a Mobile Phone." The paper is published online as well as in advance of print, by the journal IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

March 19, 2012

 
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