Student working on a research project.

Night-time Lung Function Sensor

Severe and persistent asthma may interfere with major life activities, such as ongoing participation in school or work. Control of asthma requires that those with asthma monitor their own conditions according to a personalized asthma action plan. The plan is focused on making measurements of peak expiratory flow using simple handheld devices, and then recording these measurements. However, studies have demonstrated that only a small fraction of patients can correctly demonstrate techniques to monitor their lung function using home peak flow meters for early prevention of asthma attacks. This project focuses on developing and testing an improved technology system for early detection and intervention of day-to-day, episodic lung function decline in people with severe, persistent asthma. To accomplish this, we would like to develop a sensor to measure lung function and asthma status while the person sleeps at night. Ideally, this device would be non-intrusive and require minimal physical interaction with the person.

The project requires: 1) an analysis of the state-of-the-art in the area of night-time lung function monitoring, 2) the design of a method for passively monitoring lung function, and 3) development and testing of the system to show it can measure lung function.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: biomedical engineering
Student Skill-Set Needed: ability to work independently, an understanding of biomedical sensors and instrumentation, an understanding of human physiology
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Albert H. Titus
Title: Professor
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Office: 332 Bonner Hall
Phone: 645-1019