# Advanced Bio-Inspired System for Noninvasive Cuff-Less Blood Pressure Estimation from Physiological Signal Analysis

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## Abstract

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## 1. Introduction

## 2. Related Works

- classical analytic methods;
- Pulse Transit Time (PTT)-based methods, involving both ElectroCardioGraphy (ECG) and PPG signals;
- heuristic approaches based on key features of PPG standard waveforms;
- (artificial) neural networks/machine learning algorithms;
- mixed ECG-PPG approaches.

- knowledge of specific physical parameters (arterial vessel elasticity, Moens–Korteweg equation, etc.);
- the related systems, both HW (Hardware) and SW (Software) (PPG/ECG) sensors, data extraction (PTT, PWV), etc., may turn out to be unduly complex;
- a sensitivity/specificity ratio hardly compatible with the related (high) computational costs;
- continuous ECG acquisition may be mandatory, with relates the difficulties of detection in certain contexts such as the automotive sector or smartphone systems;
- those methods that are based on machine learning and (Artificial) Neural Networks (ANNs) may involve high computational costs against a reduced accuracy and/or a high estimation capability limited to a reduced pressure range (80–90/110–130 mmHg);

## 3. The Photoplethysmography System (BI-P${}^{\mathbf{2}}$RS): A Brief Overview

- a Systolic Peak (SP),
- a Dicrotic Notch (DN),
- a Diastolic Peak (DP) at a value y,
- the Width (W) of the pulse waveform.

## 4. The Proposed Blood Pressure Estimation System

**ln**denotes the (natural) logarithm;**N${}_{PPG}$**: the number of compliant PPG waveforms over a period of the analyzed PPG signal;- the suffixes
**sys**,**dia**and**dic**denote the systolic, diastolic and dicrotic phases of the PPG signal (see, e.g., Figure 1), which may be identified as the portions a–b, a1–b1, a2–b2 (systolic), b–d, b1–d1, b2–d2 (dicrotic), c–e, c1-e1 and c2–e2 (diastolic) in the diagrams (PPG and its first derivative and second derivative) of Figure 5; - L${}^{i}$x indicates the length of the sub-curve of the PPG waveform, for the systolic, diastolic and dicrotic phases sys, dia and dic, respectively, and with $i=1$,
**N${}_{PPG}$**; in the same way, L${}^{i}$x (∂PPG/∂t) represents the length of the sub-curve of the first derivative of the PPG signal, and L${}^{i}$x (∂${}^{2}$PPG/∂t${}^{2}$) represents the length of the sub-curve of the second derivative of the PPG signal, again for sys, dia and dic, respectively. For the first derivative and second derivative of PPG signal, the Simpson rule can be adopted for computing the length of the curve [28]; - σ${}_{x}$ the denotes standard deviation for variable L${}^{i}$x.

- max denotes the point (abscissa) where the PPG waveform has its maximum value (systolic peak SP);
- min denotes the point (abscissa) where the PPG waveform has its minimum value;
- p${}^{i}$ denotes the dicrotic point (abscissa);
- i and ($i+1$) generally denote two subsequent PPG waveforms.

## 5. Testing and Future Works

## Author Contributions

## Funding

## Conflicts of Interest

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**Figure 1.**A compliant standard PPG waveform. The different signal components are detailed: Systolic Peak (SP), Dicrotic Notch (DN) and Diastolic Peak (DP).

**Figure 3.**Detailed description of the whole PPG signal sampling system and pattern recognition pipeline. PTT, Pulse Transmit Time.

**Figure 4.**Detailed description of the proposed blood pressure estimation algorithm. BI-P2RS, Bio-Inspired PPG Pattern Recognition System.

**Figure 6.**Detailed description of the variables used for hand-crafted features F${}_{37}$–F${}_{42}$.

**Figure 8.**Performance diagrams of the Polak–Ribiere neural network over nine epochs (blue: learning/green: validation).

**Figure 9.**SOM motor map input layer winner neuron distribution (red neurons) during the learning process.

${F}_{1}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{sys}^{i}\right)\right)$ | ${F}_{2}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{sys}^{i}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})\right)\right)$ | ${F}_{3}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{sys}^{i}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})\right)\right)$ |

$F}_{4}={\sigma}_{{L}_{sys}$ | ${F}_{5}={\sigma}_{{L}_{sys}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})$ | ${F}_{6}={\sigma}_{{L}_{sys}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})$ |

${F}_{7}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{dia}^{i}\right)\right)$ | ${F}_{8}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{dia}^{i}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})\right)\right)$ | ${F}_{9}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{dia}^{i}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})\right)\right)$ |

$F}_{10}={\sigma}_{{L}_{dia}$ | ${F}_{11}={\sigma}_{{L}_{dia}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})$ | ${F}_{12}={\sigma}_{{L}_{dia}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})$ |

${F}_{13}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{dic}^{i}\right)\right)$ | ${F}_{14}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{dic}^{i}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})\right)\right)$ | ${F}_{15}=\mathrm{ln}\left(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\left(\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}{L}_{dic}^{i}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})\right)\right)$ |

$F}_{16}={\sigma}_{{L}_{dic}$ | ${F}_{17}={\sigma}_{{L}_{dic}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})$ | ${F}_{18}={\sigma}_{{L}_{dic}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})$ |

$F}_{19}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{sys}^{i}}{{L}_{dia}^{i}$ | ${F}_{20}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{sys}}{{L}_{dia}})$ | ${F}_{21}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{sys}^{i}}{{L}_{dia}^{i}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})$ |

${F}_{22}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{sys}}{{L}_{dia}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t}))$ | ${F}_{23}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{sys}^{i}}{{L}_{dia}^{i}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})$ | ${F}_{24}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{sys}}{{L}_{dia}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}}))$ |

$F}_{25}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{sys}^{i}}{{L}_{dic}^{i}$ | ${F}_{26}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{Sys}}{{L}_{dic}})$ | ${F}_{27}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{sys}^{i}}{{L}_{dic}^{i}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})$ |

${F}_{28}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{sys}}{{L}_{dic}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t}))$ | ${F}_{29}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{sys}^{i}}{{L}_{dic}^{i}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})$ | ${F}_{30}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{Sys}}{{L}_{dic}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}}))$ |

$F}_{31}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{dia}^{i}}{{L}_{dic}^{i}$ | ${F}_{32}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{dia}}{{L}_{dic}})$ | ${F}_{33}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{dia}^{i}}{{L}_{dic}^{i}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t})$ |

${F}_{34}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{dia}}{{L}_{dic}}(\frac{\partial PPG}{\partial t}))$ | ${F}_{35}=\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}}\frac{{L}_{dia}^{i}}{{L}_{dic}^{i}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}})$ | ${F}_{36}=\sigma (\frac{{L}_{dia}}{{L}_{dic}}(\frac{{\partial}^{2}PPG}{\partial {t}^{2}}))$ |

${F}_{37}=\mathrm{ln}(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}-1}({min}_{dia-PPG}^{i+1}-{min}_{dia-PPG}^{i}))$ | ${F}_{38}=\mathrm{ln}(\sigma ({min}_{dia-PPG}^{i+1}-{min}_{dia-PPG}^{i}))$ |

${F}_{39}=\mathrm{ln}(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}-1}({max}_{sys-PPG}^{i+1}-{max}_{sys-PPG}^{i}))$ | ${F}_{40}=\mathrm{ln}(\sigma ({max}_{sys-PPG}^{i+1}-{max}_{sys-PPG}^{i}))$ |

${F}_{41}=\mathrm{ln}(\frac{1}{{N}_{PPG}}\sum _{i=1}^{{N}_{PPG}-1}({p}_{dic-PPG}^{i+1}-{p}_{dic-PPG}^{i}))$ | ${F}_{42}=\mathrm{ln}(\sigma ({p}_{dic-PPG}^{i+1}-{p}_{dic-PPG}^{i}))$ |

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