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Project for Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NIMBioS Summer Program, June 10 - August 2, 2013

Title: Mathematical Modeling of Fetal Electrocardiograms

Mentors:
Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao
Dr. Heather Finotti

photo. Fetal electrocardiograms (ECG) may be a useful tool to detect birth defects and prevent birth-defect related deaths. Currently, noninvasive fetal ECG cannot be accurately estimated due to artifacts as well as various bioelectrical activities from both the mother and the fetus. In this project, previous human ECG models will be adopted and extended to simulate electrocardiograms (ECG) generated by a fetus as measured using electrodes placed on the mother's abdomen. Numerical simulations will be carried out to investigate effective methods in estimating fetal ECG parameters.

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