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Movement Detection using Textile Capacitive Sensors: From Impaired Driving Detection to Sleep Monitoring
Dr. Nilanjan Banerjee, Associate Professor, CSEE, University of Maryland – Baltimore County

Friday, October 30, 2015
Reception: 300p-330p
Presentation: 330p-430p

University of Memphis, 203 Engineering Administration Bldg., 3795 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the United States are hospitalized each year because of strokes, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Severe impairment such as paralysis, paresis, weakness and limited range of motion are common sequels resulting from these injuries, requiring extensive rehabilitation. This project is developing invisible sensing systems embedded into bed sheets, pillows, wheelchair pads, and clothing, for environmental control and physical therapy for such paralysis patients. The system detects gestures regardless of evolving environmental and patient conditions and provides explicit real-time feedback to the user. Through the use of low-cost and ultra-low power capacitive sensing, the system reduces hospital visits and therapy costs.