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Towards Pulse Detection and Rhythm Analysis using a Biomimetic Fingertip

Kerr, Emmett, McGinnity, TM, Coleman, SA and Shepherd, Andrea (2015) Towards Pulse Detection and Rhythm Analysis using a Biomimetic Fingertip. In: 2015 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN),, Killarney. IEEE. 8 pp. [Conference contribution]

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DOI: 10.1109/IJCNN.2015.7280690


Pulse rate and rhythm are indicators of the health of a human's blood circulation. Being able to detect one's pulse rate and rhythm in an emergency situation could be the difference between life and death. The work presented in this paper is preliminary work on algorithms that will equip a robot with the necessary skills to assess a human's pulse. Algorithms for pulse detection and the calculation of beats per minute (bpm) and Pulse to Pulse Interval (PPI) are presented and used to classify if a heart rate is normal, bradycardic, or tachycardic. Furthermore PPI is used to determine if the pulse rate is regular or in a form of arrhythmia. The results in this paper show that pulse was successfully detected and a subjects bpm calculated using a trough detection method. Furthermore the system proved to be capable of classifying the pulse as being regular or arrhythmic.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:pulse detection, tactile sensing, robotics
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Intelligent Systems Research Centre
Computer Science Research Institute
ID Code:32526
Deposited By: Dr Sonya Coleman
Deposited On:04 Nov 2015 11:36
Last Modified:04 Nov 2015 11:36

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