LURA/USRA Posting Information

Position Type:

Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award- summer research


Position Title:  Research Assistant/summer researcher

Location:  Farq 108

Professor: Peter Lian

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Contact for Professor (Email, phone):

# of positions available: 4

Project Description (200-500 words maximum)

This project aims to develop a wireless non-contactable electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor that is able to non-invasively monitor changes in cardiac function of heart patients. Non-contactable ECG sensing means to measure ECG (or heart beats) without attaching multiple electrodes on the chest. Such sensors are more acceptable by patients, which may improve care compliance. It is also possible to provide real-time information remotely to doctors when the patient needs attention or help, especially for HF patient.

Heart failure (HF) is a growing epidemic in Canada. It is a significant health issue for hundreds of thousands of Canadians and their families, and its reach is expanding according the 2016 Report on the Health of Canadians from HEART & STROKE Foundation.  600,000 Canadians are living with HF. 50,000 Canadians are diagnosed each year with the HF. One in two Canadians has been touched by the HF. HF costs more than $2.8 billion per year. Heart failure, in simple terms, arises due to damaged valves or heart muscles. HF normally leads to reduced pumping capacity of the heart that can reduce exercise capacity and cause fatigue. HF can also result in an imbalance of blood pressure leading to fluid retention in the body, particularly congestion in the lungs, which can cause breathlessness. An acute episode of breathlessness typically sends the HF patient to the emergency department. The patient then spends on average five days in the hospital to stabilize his/her condition but remains susceptible to future decompensation. Prior to discharge, patient gets some time to learn a huge list of HF self-care instructions, which is usually overwhelming to the sick patient. This in turn leads to poor self-care at home and poor compliance to medication and diet, which are common causes for the patient’s HF rehospitalization. Thus, the rehospitalization rate is high, in the range of 14% to 24%, in Canada. With the proposed wireless non-contactable ECG sensors, it is possible to monitor the heart condition of HF patients during daily activities, which may achieve better compliance to self-care instructions and reduce the HF rehospitalization.

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the design of PCB, building circuit board, and firmware development.


The student should have the following qualifications:

1.      Basic knowledge of circuits and PCB design.

2.      Knowledge in microcontroller programming.

3.      Knowledge in Bluetooth is a plus.

4.      Passionate about biomedical circuits and systems.

Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:

Minimum requirement: EECS2200, EECS2210 or equivalent

Preferred: EECS3602, EECS3215

Stipend: TBD

Are you willing to host external students? (There is an additional cost.) Yes

Duration:  16 weeks minimum

Start Date: 05/01/2018 (estimated)

End Date: 08/31/2018 (estimated)

Materials required for application: TBC

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