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Contactless Vital Signs Monitoring

Contactless Vital Signs Monitoring Book
Author : Wenjin Wang,Xuyu Wang
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2021-09-20
ISBN : 0128222824
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Vital signs, such as heart rate and respiration rate, are useful to health monitoring because they can provide important physiological insights for medical diagnosis and well-being management. Most traditional methods for measuring vital signs require a person to wear biomedical devices, such as a capnometer, a pulse oximeter, or an electrocardiogram sensor. These contact-based technologies are inconvenient, cumbersome, and uncomfortable to use. There is a compelling need for technologies that enable contact-free, easily deployable, and long-term monitoring of vital signs for healthcare. Contactless Vital Signs Monitoring presents a systematic and in-depth review on the principles, methodologies, and opportunities of using different wavelengths of an electromagnetic spectrum to measure vital signs from the human face and body contactlessly. The volume brings together pioneering researchers active in the field to report the latest progress made, in an intensive and structured way. It also presents various healthcare applications using camera and radio frequency-based monitoring, from clinical care to home care, to sport training and automotive, such as patient/neonatal monitoring in intensive care units, general wards, emergency department triage, MR/CT cardiac and respiratory gating, sleep centers, baby/elderly care, fitness cardio training, driver monitoring in automotive settings, and more. This book will be an important educational source for biomedical researchers, AI healthcare researchers, computer vision researchers, wireless-sensing researchers, doctors/clinicians, physicians/psychologists, and medical equipment manufacturers. Includes various contactless vital signs monitoring techniques, such as optical-based, radar-based, WiFi-based, RFID-based, and acoustic-based methods. Presents a thorough introduction to the measurement principles, methodologies, healthcare applications, hardware set-ups, and systems for contactless measurement of vital signs using camera or RF sensors. Presents the opportunities for the fusion of camera and RF sensors for contactless vital signs monitoring and healthcare.

Object Detection for Contactless Vital Signs Estimation

Object Detection for Contactless Vital Signs Estimation Book
Author : Fan Yang
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2021
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This thesis explores the contactless estimation of people's vital signs. We designed two camera-based systems and applied object detection algorithms to locate the regions of interest where vital signs are estimated. With the development of Deep Learning, Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) model has many applications in the real world nowadays. We applied the CNN based frameworks to the different types of camera based systems and improve the efficiency of the contactless vital signs estimation. In the field of medical healthcare, contactless monitoring draws a lot attention in the recent years because the wide use of different sensors. However most of the methods are still in the experimental phase and have never been used in real applications. We were interested in monitoring vital signs of patients lying in bed or sitting around the bed at a hospital. This required using sensors that have range of 2 to 5 meters. We developed a system based on the depth camera for detecting people's chest area and the radar for estimating the respiration signal. We applied a CNN based object detection method to locate the position of the subject lying in the bed covered with blanket. And the respiratory-like signal is estimated from the radar device based on the detected subject's location. We also create a manually annotated dataset containing 1,320 depth images. In each of the depth image the silhouette of the subject's upper body is annotated, as well as the class. In addition, a small subset of the depth images also labeled four keypoints for the positioning of people's chest area. This dataset is built on the data collected from the anonymous patients at the hospital which is substantial. Another problem in the field of human vital signs monitoring is that systems seldom contain the functions of monitoring multiple vital signs at the same time. Though there are few attempting to work on this problem recently, they are still all prototypes and have a lot limitations like shorter operation distance. In this application, we focused on contactless estimating subjects' temperature, breathing rate and heart rate at different distances with or without wearing the mask. We developed a system based on thermal and RGB camera and also explore the feasibility of CNN based object detection algorithms to detect the vital signs from human faces with specifically defined RoIs based on our thermal camera system. We proposed the methods to estimate respiratory rate and heart rate from the thermal videos and RGB videos. The mean absolute difference (MAE) between the estimated HR using the proposed method and the baseline HR for all subjects at different distances is 4.24 ± 2.47 beats per minute, the MAE between the estimated RR and the reference RR for all subjects at different distances is 1.55 ± 0.78 breaths per minute.

Sensors for Vital Signs Monitoring

Sensors for Vital Signs Monitoring Book
Author : Jong-Ryul Yang,Eugin Hyun,Sun Kwon Kim
Publisher : Mdpi AG
Release : 2021-11-22
ISBN : 9783036517667
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Sensor technology for monitoring vital signs is an important topic for various service applications, such as entertainment and personalization platforms and Internet of Things (IoT) systems, as well as traditional medical purposes, such as disease indication judgments and predictions. Vital signs for monitoring include respiration and heart rates, body temperature, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, electrocardiogram, blood glucose concentration, brain waves, etc. Gait and walking length can also be regarded as vital signs because they can indirectly indicate human activity and status. Sensing technologies include contact sensors such as electrocardiogram (ECG), electroencephalogram (EEG), photoplethysmogram (PPG), non-contact sensors such as ballistocardiography (BCG), and invasive/non-invasive sensors for diagnoses of variations in blood characteristics or body fluids. Radar, vision, and infrared sensors can also be useful technologies for detecting vital signs from the movement of humans or organs. Signal processing, extraction, and analysis techniques are important in industrial applications along with hardware implementation techniques. Battery management and wireless power transmission technologies, the design and optimization of low-power circuits, and systems for continuous monitoring and data collection/transmission should also be considered with sensor technologies. In addition, machine-learning-based diagnostic technology can be used for extracting meaningful information from continuous monitoring data.

Robust Contactless Sensor for Real time Vital Signs Monitoring

Robust Contactless Sensor for Real time Vital Signs Monitoring Book
Author : Kevin K. M. Chan,University of Alberta. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2014
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Wireless sensing find many biomedical applications due to the benefit and convenience of having no contact with the patients. Low power radio waves, that are biologically safe, can monitor the patient's medical conditions such as the breathing and heart beat rate. Electro-magnetic (EM) waves extract the small movements of the chest and heart via field disturbance phenomena. The patient's breathing and heart beat modulate the radio waves for the vital signs to be monitored in real-time. Ultra-wideband (UWB) radar is an EM scattering technology that has been proven to discriminate targets with less than 30mm range resolution, which is smaller than the average size of a human heart. The UWB radar emits 200ps pulses that occupy a bandwidth from 3 to 10GHz. For linearly polarized radiation, the radar cross-section (RCS) of a moving target having complex shapes such as the thorax section of a human body causes regular fading. The scattering from a complex target rotates the radio wave vector to result in non-optimal signal reception due to polarization losses. The research focuses on the design of a circularly polarized (CP) UWB radar system for contactless vital signs monitoring of a patient. Circular polarization is introduced to address the fading RCS problem thus achieving a more robust system. The same CP UWB radar system with radio waves that penetrate through dielectric objects can be used for time-critical rescue operations in locating survivors buried under collapsed structures or in buildings engulfed in flames where visibility is hampered. Furthermore, by employing material characterization and microwave imaging techniques, it is possible to use the proposed system for other biomedical applications such as tumor localization and damaged tissue identification. The thesis is organized as follows. Firstly, the operation of UWB radar is presented and the research topic addressed. The pulse generator design suited for low pulse repetition rates is then introduced. The design of a decade bandwidth circularly polarized antenna array is described. The methodology and performance of the robust vital signs monitoring system is shown and compared with the linear polarized counterpart. A new method for material characterization using time domain RCS measurements is demonstrated. The future work is finally proposed.

Doppler Radar Physiological Sensing

Doppler Radar Physiological Sensing Book
Author : Olga Boric-Lubecke,Victor M. Lubecke,Amy D. Droitcour,Byung-Kwon Park,Aditya Singh
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2015-12-15
ISBN : 1119078431
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Presents a comprehensive description of the theory and practical implementation of Doppler radar-based physiological monitoring This book includes an overview of current physiological monitoring techniques and explains the fundamental technology used in remote non-contact monitoring methods. Basic radio wave propagation and radar principles are introduced along with the fundamentals of physiological motion and measurement. Specific design and implementation considerations for physiological monitoring radar systems are then discussed in detail. The authors address current research and commercial development of Doppler radar based physiological monitoring for healthcare and other applications. Explains pros and cons of different Doppler radar architectures, including CW, FMCW, and pulsed Doppler radar Discusses nonlinear demodulation methods, explaining dc offset, dc information, center tracking, and demodulation enabled by dc cancellation Reviews advanced system architectures that address issues of dc offset, spectrum folding, motion interference, and range resolution Covers Doppler radar physiological measurements demonstrated to date, from basic cardiopulmonary rate extractions to more involved volume assessments Doppler Radar Physiological Sensing serves as a fundamental reference for radar, biomedical, and microwave engineers as well as healthcare professionals interested in remote physiological monitoring methods.

Contactless Human Activity Analysis

Contactless Human Activity Analysis Book
Author : Md Atiqur Rahman Ahad,Upal Mahbub,Tauhidur Rahman
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2021-03-23
ISBN : 303068590X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is a truly comprehensive, timely, and very much needed treatise on the conceptualization of analysis, and design of contactless & multimodal sensor-based human activities, behavior understanding & intervention. From an interaction design perspective, the book provides views and methods that allow for more safe, trustworthy, efficient, and more natural interaction with technology that will be embedded in our daily living environments. The chapters in this book cover sufficient grounds and depth in related challenges and advances in sensing, signal processing, computer vision, and mathematical modeling. It covers multi-domain applications, including surveillance and elderly care that will be an asset to entry-level and practicing engineers and scientists.(See inside for the reviews from top experts)

Advanced Biosignal Processing and Diagnostic Methods

Advanced Biosignal Processing and Diagnostic Methods Book
Author : Christoph Hintermüller
Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
Release : 2016-07-21
ISBN : 9535125192
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Personal health and well-being was and is important for all individuals. This includes the way people are living, what they do to stay healthy as well as a profound, well-informed diagnosis and appropriate treatment in case of disease. To achieve these goals, modern medicine is provided with a large variety of tools to assess a patient's health state and collect the information required for a proper diagnosis and treatment, which is tailored to the patient's needs. Many of these available tools use signals either generated by the human body, for example, electroencephalogram (EEG) and electrocardiogram (ECG), or by interacting with the human body while traversing it like microwaves or reflected visible light that is recorded by a video camera. The biosignals recorded by the available and newly developed methods have to be processed to extract the information about the patient's condition and, analyzed tissue and cells. This book presents a small selection of the recent developments in the field of biosignal processing. The covered diagnostic tools and methods include the assessment of respiratory state through gait analysis, the contactless monitoring of cardiovascular and respiratory parameters using microwaves, a non-linear approach to extract the fetal ECG from non-invasive abdominal recordings, identification of epileptic networks from pre-surgical neurophysiological recordings and an improved method to obtain and validate the copy number alterations parameter, which are considered an important marker in cancer classification.

Sensor Technologies

Sensor Technologies Book
Author : Michael J. McGrath,Cliodhna Ni Scanaill,Dawn Nafus
Publisher : Apress
Release : 2014-01-23
ISBN : 1430260149
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Sensor Technologies: Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications explores the key aspects of sensor technologies, covering wired, wireless, and discrete sensors for the specific application domains of healthcare, wellness and environmental sensing. It discusses the social, regulatory, and design considerations specific to these domains. The book provides an application-based approach using real-world examples to illustrate the application of sensor technologies in a practical and experiential manner. The book guides the reader from the formulation of the research question, through the design and validation process, to the deployment and management phase of sensor applications. The processes and examples used in the book are primarily based on research carried out by Intel or joint academic research programs. “Sensor Technologies: Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications provides an extensive overview of sensing technologies and their applications in healthcare, wellness, and environmental monitoring. From sensor hardware to system applications and case studies, this book gives readers an in-depth understanding of the technologies and how they can be applied. I would highly recommend it to students or researchers who are interested in wireless sensing technologies and the associated applications.” Dr. Benny Lo Lecturer, The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College of London “This timely addition to the literature on sensors covers the broad complexity of sensing, sensor types, and the vast range of existing and emerging applications in a very clearly written and accessible manner. It is particularly good at capturing the exciting possibilities that will occur as sensor networks merge with cloud-based ‘big data’ analytics to provide a host of new applications that will impact directly on the individual in ways we cannot fully predict at present. It really brings this home through the use of carefully chosen case studies that bring the overwhelming concept of 'big data' down to the personal level of individual life and health.” Dermot Diamond Director, National Centre for Sensor Research, Principal Investigator, CLARITY Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, Dublin City University "Sensor Technologies: Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications takes the reader on an end-to-end journey of sensor technologies, covering the fundamentals from an engineering perspective, introducing how the data gleaned can be both processed and visualized, in addition to offering exemplar case studies in a number of application domains. It is a must-read for those studying any undergraduate course that involves sensor technologies. It also provides a thorough foundation for those involved in the research and development of applied sensor systems. I highly recommend it to any engineer who wishes to broaden their knowledge in this area!" Chris Nugent Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ulster

Smart Multimedia

Smart Multimedia Book
Author : Troy McDaniel,Stefano Berretti,Igor D. D. Curcio,Anup Basu
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2020-07-31
ISBN : 3030544079
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book constitutes the proceedings of the Second International Conference on Smart Multimedia, ICSM 2019, which was held in San Diego, CA, USA, in December 2019. The 45 papers presented were selected from about 100 submissions and are grouped in sections on 3D mesh and depth image processing; image understanding; miscellaneous; smart multimedia for citizen-centered smart living; 3D perception and applications; video applications; multimedia in medicine; haptics and applications; smart multimedia beyond the visible spectrum; machine learning for multimedia; image segmentation and processing; biometrics; 3D and image processing; and smart social and connected household products.

Photoplethysmography

Photoplethysmography Book
Author : Panicos A. Kyriacou,John Allen
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2021-11-03
ISBN : 012823525X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Photoplethysmography: Technology, Signal Analysis, and Applications is the first comprehensive volume on the theory, principles, and technology (sensors and electronics) of photoplethysmography (PPG). It provides a detailed description of the current state-of-the-art technologies/optical components enabling the extreme miniaturization of such sensors, as well as comprehensive coverage of PPG signal analysis techniques including machine learning and artificial intelligence. The book also outlines the huge range of PPG applications in healthcare, with a strong focus on the contribution of PPG in wearable sensors and PPG for cardiovascular assessment. Presents the underlying principles and technology surrounding PPG Includes applications for healthcare and wellbeing Focuses on PPG in wearable sensors and devices Presents advanced signal analysis techniques Includes cutting-edge research, applications and future directions

Non Invasive Diagnostic Methods

Non Invasive Diagnostic Methods Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
Release : 2018-12-19
ISBN : 178984844X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The main themes of the book are the broadly understood methods of image analysis and processing applied to support diagnosis and therapy, but also to assess the implants placed in the patient's body and the related treatment processes. The examples concern processing and analysis of images or measured signals obtained from various diagnostic imaging methods. The study used, among others, standard X-ray images, computed tomography images, microtomographic images, as well as thermographic and ultrasound images. The results of image and signal processing were used in medical diagnosis and to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy. The material contained in this book may be of interest to a wide audience, and the discussed topics cover the current state of knowledge on the use of image processing algorithms in medicine and related fields.

RFID Handbook

RFID Handbook Book
Author : Klaus Finkenzeller
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2010-11-04
ISBN : 9781119991878
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This is the third revised edition of the established and trusted RFID Handbook; the most comprehensive introduction to radio frequency identification (RFID) available. This essential new edition contains information on electronic product code (EPC) and the EPC global network, and explains near-field communication (NFC) in depth. It includes revisions on chapters devoted to the physical principles of RFID systems and microprocessors, and supplies up-to-date details on relevant standards and regulations. Taking into account critical modern concerns, this handbook provides the latest information on: the use of RFID in ticketing and electronic passports; the security of RFID systems, explaining attacks on RFID systems and other security matters, such as transponder emulation and cloning, defence using cryptographic methods, and electronic article surveillance; frequency ranges and radio licensing regulations. The text explores schematic circuits of simple transponders and readers, and includes new material on active and passive transponders, ISO/IEC 18000 family, ISO/IEC 15691 and 15692. It also describes the technical limits of RFID systems. A unique resource offering a complete overview of the large and varied world of RFID, Klaus Finkenzeller’s volume is useful for end-users of the technology as well as practitioners in auto ID and IT designers of RFID products. Computer and electronics engineers in security system development, microchip designers, and materials handling specialists benefit from this book, as do automation, industrial and transport engineers. Clear and thorough explanations also make this an excellent introduction to the topic for graduate level students in electronics and industrial engineering design. Klaus Finkenzeller was awarded the Fraunhofer-Smart Card Prize 2008 for the second edition of this publication, which was celebrated for being an outstanding contribution to the smart card field.

Textbook of Sports and Exercise Cardiology

Textbook of Sports and Exercise Cardiology Book
Author : Axel Pressler,Josef Niebauer
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2020-04-08
ISBN : 3030353745
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This textbook provides a comprehensive, yet practically orientated overview of classic and novel sports cardiology topics, based on current evidence, guidelines, recommendations and expert experience. Numerous publications have provided guidance to these issues, but it has become increasingly difficult for both students and doctors to obtain a thorough, but practicable overview for optimal clinical care of athletes and patients. This book is intended as an educational work, filling the large gaps that are still present in the current educational guidelines for medical students and cardiology trainees. Textbook of Sports and Exercise Cardiology differs from other sports cardiology books by focusing on clear, practical recommendations based on the latest evidence, primarily targeting those who seek professional background information and education that can easily be transferred into everyday care.

EMBEC NBC 2017

EMBEC   NBC 2017 Book
Author : Hannu Eskola,Outi Väisänen,Jari Viik,Jari Hyttinen
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2017-06-12
ISBN : 9811051224
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This volume presents the proceedings of the joint conference of the European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference (EMBEC) and the Nordic-Baltic Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics (NBC), held in Tampere, Finland, in June 2017. The proceedings present all traditional biomedical engineering areas, but also highlight new emerging fields, such as tissue engineering, bioinformatics, biosensing, neurotechnology, additive manufacturing technologies for medicine and biology, and bioimaging, to name a few. Moreover, it emphasizes the role of education, translational research, and commercialization.

Control Engineering in Robotics and Industrial Automation

Control Engineering in Robotics and Industrial Automation Book
Author : Muralindran Mariappan,Mohd Rizal Arshad,Rini Akmeliawati,Chong Shin Chong
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2021-08-12
ISBN : 3030745406
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is the first research collection by the Malaysian Society for Automatic Control Engineers (MACE). Numerous applications of control engineering, sensor, and instrumentation technology in robotics, industrial automation, and other mechatronic systems are presented in this book. The book begins by introducing control engineering in robotics and industrial automation. It progresses through a series of chapters, discussing the application of control engineering in various areas such as: brake-by-wire technology; web scrubber systems; robot localization; and, autonomous navigation systems. Coverage of swarm robotics behaviors and applications of sensor technology in the field of music, biomedical technology, and structural analysis takes the book beyond its core of mechatronic systems and demonstrates a more diverse application of the ideas it presents. Each chapter provides comprehensive and detailed coverage of the main ideas, design methods, and practical needs of its chosen topic, making this book accessible and useful to researchers, engineers, postgraduates, and undergraduate students.

Microwave Noncontact Motion Sensing and Analysis

Microwave Noncontact Motion Sensing and Analysis Book
Author : Changzhi Li,Jenshan Lin
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2013-09-05
ISBN : 1118742567
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An authoritative guide to the theory, technologies, andstate-of-the-art applications in microwave noncontact sensing andanalysis Engineering researchers have recently developed excitingadvances in microwave noncontact sensing and analysis, with newapplications in fields ranging from medicine to structuralengineering, manufacturing to transportation. This book provides anauthoritative look at the current state-of-the-art in thefield. Drawing upon their years of experience in both cutting-edgeresearch and industry applications, the authors address microwaveradar for both noncontact vital sign detection and mechanicalmovement measurement. They explore key advances in everydayapplications of microwave and Doppler radar, especially in theareas of radio frequency technologies, microelectronic fabricationprocesses, and signal processing hardware and algorithms. Microwave Noncontact Motion Sensing and Analysis: Reviews the theory and technical basics, from electromagneticpropagation to signal processing Discusses all major types of motion sensing radar, includingDoppler, pulse, and FMCW Explores important advances in detection and analysistechniques Uses numerous case studies to illustrate current applicationsin an array of fields Provides integrated coverage of human vital sign detection,through-wall radar, and Doppler vibrometry Offers a well-informed look at emerging technologies and theshape of things to come An important resource for engineers and researchers with aprofessional interest in micro-wave sensing technology,Microwave Noncontact Motion Sensing and Analysis is also asource of insight and guidance for professionals in healthcare,transportation safety, the military, and law enforcement.

Enhanced Living Environments

Enhanced Living Environments Book
Author : Ivan Ganchev,Nuno M. Garcia,Ciprian Dobre,Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis,Rossitza Goleva
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2019-01-18
ISBN : 3030107523
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This open access book was prepared as a Final Publication of the COST Action IC1303 “Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)”. The concept of Enhanced Living Environments (ELE) refers to the area of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) that is more related with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Effective ELE solutions require appropriate ICT algorithms, architectures, platforms, and systems, having in view the advance of science and technology in this area and the development of new and innovative solutions that can provide improvements in the quality of life for people in their homes and can reduce the financial burden on the budgets of the healthcare providers. The aim of this book is to become a state-of-the-art reference, discussing progress made, as well as prompting future directions on theories, practices, standards, and strategies related to the ELE area. The book contains 12 chapters and can serve as a valuable reference for undergraduate students, post-graduate students, educators, faculty members, researchers, engineers, medical doctors, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, and research strategists working in this area.

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Book
Author : George S. Stergiou,Gianfranco Parati,Giuseppe Mancia
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2019-10-31
ISBN : 3030230651
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Hypertension remains a leading cause of disability and death worldwide. Self-monitoring of blood pressure by patients at home is currently recommended as a valuable tool for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. Unfortunately, in clinical practice, home blood pressure monitoring is often inadequately implemented, mostly due to the use of inaccurate devices and inappropriate methodologies. Thus, the potential of the method to improve the management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease prevention has not yet been exhausted. This volume presents the available evidence on home blood pressure monitoring, discusses its strengths and limitations, and presents strategies for its optimal implementation in clinical practice. Written by distinguished international experts, it offers a complete source of information and guide for practitioners and researchers dealing with the management of hypertension.

Social Robotics

Social Robotics Book
Author : Shuzhi Sam Ge,Oussama Khatib,John-John Cabibihan,Reid Simmons,Mary Anne Williams
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2012-11-04
ISBN : 3642341039
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2012, held in Chengdu, China, in October 2012. The 66 revised full papers were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on affective and cognitive sciences for socially interactive robots, situated interaction and embodiment, robots to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities, social acceptance of robots and their impact to the society, artificial empathy, HRI through non-verbal communication and control, social telepresence robots, embodiments and networks, interaction and collaboration among robots, humans and environment, human augmentation, rehabilitation, and medical robots I and II.