MARCS Monday Meeting - 18 May 2020 - Updates from our HDR Candidates across the Biomedical and Human Technologies, and Brain Sciences research groups

Event Name MARCS Monday Meeting - 18 May 2020 - Updates from our HDR Candidates across the Biomedical and Human Technologies, and Brain Sciences research groups
Start Date 18 May 2020 11:00 am
End Date 18 May 2020 12:00 pm
Duration 1 hour
Description

Join us for our next student panel presentations with updates from our HDR Candidates across the Biomedical and Human Technologies, and Brain Sciences research groups.

Zoom ID: 986 9057 6845


Speaker: Patti Nijhuis
Title:
Neuro-muscular Dynamics of Sensorimotor Synchronisation

As you may have experienced yourself, people commonly synchronise to rhythms in their environment. This happens both spontaneously, when walking side-by-side, and intentionally, when dancing to music for example. Synchronising movement to rhythms has been shown to have many beneficial applications, such as improving elite sports performance, Parkinson's and stroke rehabilitation, and interpersonal interactions. My research explores the underlying neuro-muscular mechanisms of synchronising to external rhythms in the environment. In this talk, I will elaborate on the time-locked neuro-muscular dynamics of real and imagined synchronised finger tapping.


Speaker: Matt Cabanag
Title: Trust in Human-Autonomy Teaming
Autonomous systems are transforming the way we live, becoming increasingly interspersed in domains such as transportation, defence, and health. I look at autonomous systems as teammates for people rather than as machinery to be supervised. While there is ample literature for human to human (HH) teams, how human-autonomy teams (HAT) can function optimally is not yet well understood. The key issue is that the autonomous teammates are not exactly human, even though they exhibit some human qualities in the performance of complex tasks. I will also cover my strategy for collecting data in the COVID-19 era.



Speaker: Irena Lovcevic
Title: Acoustic features of infant-directed speech to infants with HL
This study investigated the effects of hearing loss and hearing experience on the acoustic features of infant-directed speech (IDS) to infants with hearing loss (HL) compared to controls with normal hearing (NH) matched by either chronological or hearing age (Experiment 1) and across development in infants with HL as well as relation between IDS features and infants’ developing lexical abilities (Experiment 2). The results demonstrated group differences, indicating that infants with HL might receive less intelligible speech, and more generally that the clearer the speech to them at 18 months, the better their productive and receptive vocabulary at 18 months.



Speaker: Titus Jayarathna
Title: Continuous heart rate and respiratory rate estimation using fabric sensors
The comfortable, continuous monitoring of vital parameters is still a challenge. The long-term measurement of respiration and cardiovascular signals is required to diagnose cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Similarly, sleep quality assessment and the recovery period following acute treatments require long-term vital parameter data logging. To address these requirements, we have developed “VitalCore”, a wearable continuous vital parameter monitoring device in the form of a T-shirt targeting the uninterrupted monitoring of respiration, pulse, and actigraphy. VitalCore uses polymer or fabric-based stretchable resistive bands as the primary sensor to capture breathing and pulse patterns from chest expansion.



The zoom ID is: 986 9057 6845. Link to zoom https://uws.zoom.us/j/98690576845