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Emerging solutions for accurate and robust pregnancy monitoring

 

Abstract

Pregnancy is a critical phase in the life for both mother and fetus, with important risks such as fetal distress and preterm delivery. Early assessment of these risks enables timely and effective intervention, which is essential to minimize perinatal mortality and long term morbidity. Despite strong advances in sensing, patient monitoring, and image and signal analysis methods, their application in the area of pregnancy monitoring and diagnosis is still hampered by challenges such as movement artifacts, low signal-to-noise ratios, and complex signal interpretation. There is therefore a strong need for new reliable solutions to process and interpret biosignals and images that are measured noninvasively during pregnancy, aimed at enabling timely recognition and assessment of critical risks during pregnancy. In particular, the proposed workshop will focus on the three main modalities for pregnancy monitoring, namely, ultrasound, fetal electrocardiography (fECG), and uterine electromyography, referred to as electrohysterography (EHG). In fact, improved pregnancy monitoring for accurate assessment of both fetal condition and uterine activity requires synergic advances in all of these modalities by dedicated modeling and signal analysis. Specific emphasis is dedicated to the ability of emerging technology to enable continuous, ambulatory monitoring of pregnancy through advanced methods for reduction of computational complexity, artifacts, and interference. Finally, a concluding industrial demo will show the practical implementation of the latest developments in the area of ambulatory pregnancy monitoring, evidencing the clinical need and commercial interest in this type of solutions.

Organizers

Dr. Massimo Mischi
Dr. Chiara Rabotti

Speakers:

  • Dr. Massimo Mischi, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.
  • Prof. Catherine Marque, Compiègne University, France.
  • Prof. Brynjar Karlsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland.
  • Dr. Chiara Rabotti, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.
  • Dr. Sergio Casciaro, Centro Nazionale per la Ricerca (CNR), Italy.
  • Dr. Jean-Marc Girault, University of Tours, France.
  • Dr. Rik Vullings, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.
  • Prof. Maria Gabriella Signorini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
  • Michiel Rooijakkers, Bloom Technologies, Belgium.
  • Brief Agenda:

    Dr. Massimo Mischi: Pregnancy monitoring: clinical needs and emerging technology

    Prof. Catherine Marque, Compiègne University, France / Prof. Brynjar Karlsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland: The electrohysterogram: physiological modeling and measurement technology

    Dr. Chiara Rabotti, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands: Electrical propagation of electrical activity in the uterine muscle

    Dr. Sergio Casciaro, Centro Nazionale per la Ricerca (CNR), Italy: Ultrasound monitoring of delivery

    Dr. Jean-Marc Girault, University of Tours, France: Fetal monitoring by Doppler ultrasound and Complexity analysis of FHR time series

    Dr. Rik Vullings, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherland: Probabilistic approaches in fetal electrocardiography

    Prof. Maria Gabriella Signorini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy: Advanced signal processing and wearable technology for fetal heart-rate monitoring

    Michiel Rooijakkers, Bloom Technologies, Belgium: Unobtrusive ambulatory pregnancy monitoring