Melinda Szabo

Melinda  Szabo
MIT EECS | Angle Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Thomas Heldt
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Medical Devices
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Unobtrusive estimation of blood pressure variation

abstract:The aim of this project is to derive estimations of the blood pressure (BP) variation based on pulse arrival time by using a novel unobtrusive sensing technique instead of a conventional ECG sensor as proximal timing reference. Monitoring based on magnetic induction allows measurement of vital signs in a noncontact way even through several layers of clothing. This could enable more convenient and immediate BP monitoring in medical emergencies. The course of this project is separated into a) the building of a magnetic induction sensor (based on already existing electrical layouts), b) conducting measurements including test protocol definition, setup of the experiment and actual data recording, and c) analysis of the data.

I am very excited for this SuperUROP project. Not only do I think this product will be a great medical tool that saves lives, but also a unique learning opportunity for me to apply my classroom knowledge to a practical project. It covers a wide spread of subjects that interest me, from PCB design to signal processing, as well as introducing me to new areas in microcontroller programming and biomedical technologies.