Resource-efficient and reliable long term wireless monitoring of the photoplethysmographic signal

Sidharth Nabar, Ayan Banerjee, Sandeep Gupta, Radha Poovendran

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Wearable photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensors are extensively used for remote monitoring of blood oxygen level and flow rate in numerous pervasive healthcare applications with diverse quality of service requirements. These sensors operate under severe resource constraints and communicate over an adverse wireless channel with human body-induced path loss and mobility-caused fading. In this paper, we take a generative model-based data collection approach towards achieving energy-efficient and reliable PPG monitoring. We develop two models that can generate synthetic PPG signals given a set of input parameters. These generative models are then used to design and implement a resource-efficient, reliable data reporting method for wireless PPG sensors. We investigate the performance of our method under realistic wireless channel error models and provide methods to improve accuracy at a marginal energy cost. We implement the proposed technique using existing sensor platforms and evaluate its performance on two datasets: the MIMIC database and data collected using commercial wearable sensors. Results for wearable sensor-based data show bandwidth and communication energy savings of 300:1, while maintaining a diagnostic accuracy above 94%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Wireless Health 2011, WH'11
StatePublished - 2011
Event2nd Wireless Health Conference, WH'11 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2011Oct 13 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Wireless Health 2011, WH'11


Other2nd Wireless Health Conference, WH'11
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Body sensor networks
  • Photoplethysmogram
  • Wireless healthcare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Biomedical Engineering


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