Position Type:

  • Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award‐ summer research

Position Title: Research Assistant/summer researcher
Location: BCEE 328
Professor: Hossein Kassiri
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact for Professor (Email, phone): Email: Hossein@eecs.yorku.ca
# of positions available: 2.

Project Description:
Brian injury is the leading cause of death and disability in North America. The
annual cost of hospitalization alone is 31 billion dollars. This is partly due to the fact
that there is currently no validated method for monitoring of the brain activity in the ER
(emergency room). As such, the “wait and see” approach results in lost opportunities
to treat brain injury complications, thus contributing to poor outcome and increasing the
length of hospital stay. Today, around 40% of brain injury patients in coma experience
seizures that go untreated. When anti-seizure medication is not provided, there is the
risk of increased morbidity, prolonged stay, poor outcome and increased long term
socioeconomic burden. Studies have shown that shortening the hospital stay of patients
with brain injury by 1 day could save the health care system $400 million annually.
In integrated Circuits and Systems Lab, we are developing a wearable device
that will be used as a low-cost brain monitoring solution in the emergency room. The
device will host a proprietary algorithm for early detection of epilepsy seizures. It will
be used to monitor real-time brain activity of the patients who come to the ER with
brain injury, to identify cases that require immediate care and treatment.

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:
The student will be responsible for the design and testing of a printed circuit
board (PCB) that receives brain electrophysiological signals from multiple recording
sites; analyze, decode, and organizes them; and transmit them through a wireless link
to a handheld (e.g., cellphone) or stationary (e.g. a laptop) device. The board must be
designed while the strict power and area budgets of a medical device taken into account.

Skills and Qualifications:
The student should have the following qualifications:
- Experienced in Verilog programming.
- Familiarity with electronic circuits and systems.
- PCB design experience is a plus.
- Self-driven and interested in the field of biomedical electronics

Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:
- Electronic circuits
- Verilog coding
- Prerequisite: EECS 2210 and 3201 or equivalent.
Stipend: TBD
Willing to host external students? Yes

Duration: 16 weeks minimum
Start Date: 05/01/2017 (estimated)
End Date: 08/31/2017 (estimated)

If you are interested in this research project, please contact Hossein Kassiri at Hossein@eecs.yorku.ca.