Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Title: Towards Developing Low Cost Solutions for Affordable Perinatal Health Screeing
Abstract: It is clear that the best use of information technology to improve health in the developing world will be based on mobile technology. Most health workers do carry cell phones. In this presentation, I will share my recent experiences on adapta-tions of low cost techniques with cell phones for use in healthcare settings with limited or few resources. We have recently developed an initial prototype of low-cost and non-invasive abdominal phonogram device using a cell phone to assist the screening of fetal well being in developing countries. The device measures sound signals from the mother’s abdomen, and measures the fetal heart rate (and its variability), and fetal movements, to suggest the diagnosis of a compromised fetus and prompt further obstetric assessment and/or intervention. We believe that can give pregnant mothers a handy tool saving tiny lives from stillbirths. Finally, our recent development of “Smart Cable” which essentially is an interface device between a cell phone and various types of Pluggable Devices/sensors will also be presented.
Ahsan H. Khandoker received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1996, the M.Eng.Sc. degree from Multimedia University, Malaysia, in 1999, and the M. Eng. and Doctor of Engineering degrees in physiological engineering from the Muroran Institute of Technology, Muroran, Japan, in 2001 and 2004, respectively.
He is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is also working as a Senior Research Fellow for Australian Research Council Research Networks on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing at the University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic., Australia. He has published 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 85 conference papers. His research field of interests includes physiological signal processing and modeling in fetal cardiac disorders, sleep disordered breathing, diabetic autonomic neuropathy, and human gait dysfunction, and is passionate about research helping clinicians to noninvasively diagnose diseases at early stage. He has also worked with several Australian and Japanese Medical device manufacturing industries, as well as hospitals as a Research Consultant focusing on the integration of technology in clinical settings.