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Smart wearable for non-invasive foetal heart monitoring

To deal with the challenge of stillbirths and miscarriages, we propose the development of a smart low-cost wearable device that can be worn by the pregnant woman and can assist in heartrate monitoring (and diagnosis) of the mother and the foetus during the various stages of pregnancy.

The main outcome of the project will be a functional wearable device that will detect, monitor and analyse the heart-rate variability (HRV) of the mother and the foetus, using a suitable non-invasive approach and transmit this data into the required clinical format to a remote server. This will allow a remote clinician/gynecologist to timely examine and respond to the patient through tele-health. 

Smart wearable for non-invasive foetal heart monitoring

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Akram Khan
Professor Akram Khan - Professor Akram Khan is a academic & researcher in the areas of fundamental and applied science. He has published extensively in a wide range of key academic journals. He has worked at most of the leading national laboratories in the world: DESY in Germany, CERN in Switzerland and SLAC in the USA. He read Mathematics and Theoretical Physics for his Bachelors’ degree at St Andrews University, taking his PhD in Experimental Particle Physics at University College London. Akram was a European Research Fellow at CIEMAT in Spain and at CERN in Switzerland, then a Senior Fellow at Edinburgh and Manchester Universities, going on to a faculty position at Stanford University, before joining Brunel University London in 2003. His recent research has been addressing the fundamental questions:'What is the difference between matter and anti-matter?' and 'What new exotic physics processes might help us to address the existing inadequacies of the Standard Model?' As part of his work in the field of applied science he is currently working on developing a novel particle cancer therapy machine in the UK, and on the next generation of internet technologies.'

Related Research Group(s)


Sensors and Instrumentation - Research in detectors, instrumentation, and data analysis methods applied in high energy particle physics, space science, medical imaging, and remote instrumentation and control.


AI Social and Digital Innovation - Social, economic and strategic effects of AI and associated technologies. Impact of AI and related technologies on societies, organisations and individuals.

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Project last modified 13/11/2023