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Oklahoma State University

Minh PHam Ph.D. Prosoal Defense

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00am
ES 202C
Ph.D. Proposal Defense Announcement
Name: Minh Pham 
Title: Home healthcare using wearable computing and robot technology
Time: May 25th 10:00am 
Venue: ES 202C
Advisor: Dr. Weihua Sheng
Minh Pham is currently a Ph. D. student in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He received his M.S. degree in Management Information System from Oklahoma State University in 2012 and B.S. degree in Computer Science from Hanoi University of Technology in 2007. His research focuses on wearable computing, smart home technology and machine learning techniques.
In this dissertation, I focus on developing a Cloud-Based Smart Home Environment (CoSHE) which is able to offer home-based health monitoring and robot-assisted health care.  Our CoSHE platform consists of three main components: (1) a smart home with an array of passive infrared (PIR) sensors for motion detection, (2) a wearable unit which consists of a smart garment with textile electrodes to collect ECG signal, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to collect the human’s movement signals, and a sound recording device to collect human’s throat sound, and (3) a robot assistant enabling healthcare delivery. The CoSHE offers human contextual information which includes the human’s location and body activities. Through the wearable sensors, health issues such as dehydration and negative emotions can be detected, which can trigger the robot assistant to take actions. In one case, the robot can approach the human and remind the human to drink more water if dehydration is detected. In the other case,  the robot can engage the human in a conversation that helps him/her get out of the negative emotion. We evaluated the proposed framework for health monitoring and health care on the proposed CoSHE platform.