Joshua Harvey, PhD Student

Hometown: Spencer, MA

Previous degrees/school where the degree was earned: BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Why did you choose WPI for your PhD?
WPI is known for being a quality institution, and the IGERT program made attending WPI that much more enticing. I decided to attend WPI for my PhD studies because of its excellent academic resources, financial support, and its unique program that integrates multiple disciplines.

What area(s) of research are you currently exploring?
I am currently working with Dr. Mendelson on developing multichannel PPG sensors.

Briefly describe the research:
Photoplethysmography is a convenient method of noninvasively obtaining vital sign information. Most researchers that work with PPG sensors try to implement software solutions for motion noise artifact detection and segment reconstruction. In Dr. Mendelson’s lab, our approach is to improve the hardware to be less sensitive to motion noise artifacts. In its current form, we use a 6 channel PPG sensor worn on the forehead with photodetectors in a circular composition.

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