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Non-Contact Smart Monitor for Sleep Disorder Diagnosis and Intervention

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Date:  Fri, October 11, 2019
Time:  11:30am - 1:00pm
Location:  Holmes Hall 244
Speaker:  Victor Lubecke, Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Sponsored by College of Engineering Professors and Pizza series


Good overall health depends on, and affects, one’s quality of sleep. Insufficient or disordered sleep decreases cognitive function and predisposes patients to disorders such as hypertension, stroke, and heart disease. An overnight sleep study can provide vital health diagnostics, yet typically involves the application and monitoring of multiple body contact sensors which can interfere with sleep, and require cumbersome manual data analysis. Doppler radar technology has been demonstrated to provide a non-invasive means of measuring, through clothing and bedding, vital signs including respiratory rate, heart rate, activity, body position, and tidal respiratory volume. This seminar will examine the potential for applying physiological radar to assess sleep apnea in a manner suitable for aiding patients and their caregivers in developing effective intervention strategies.



  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1995
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1990
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic Institute, 1986

Research Interests: remote sensing and imaging technologies, biomedical sensors, animal tracking and monitoring, MEMS, heterogeneous integration, and microwave/terahertz radio

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