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Special Issue "ECG Sensors"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: cardiovascualar signal processing; clinical ECG interpretation; fetal ECG; newborn ECG; sport applications
Interests: ECG signal processing; wearable sensors; computerized technologies for cardiac safety
Interests: wearable electronics; textile sensors; biomedical signal processing; fetal ECG; physiology of taste; neural signal decoding; telehealth; telerehabilitation
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The electrocardiogram (ECG) represents a simple, cheap, and non-invasive diagnostic examination for assessing the functionality of the electrical system of the heart. It allows discovering pathological conditions even before structural changes in the heart can be diagnosed by other methods. The reduced data size of the recordings, due to the typical sampling frequency and number of channels, makes its adoption possible in any scenario, including telehealth and telecare, where unobtrusiveness of the measuring system is crucial. These characteristics, along with the possibilities offered by the miniaturization of the recording systems, fostered the development of diagnostic and monitoring devices for long-term ECG recording, which opened the possibility of wearing ECG devices for personal or clinical use. Then, the technological challenge moved from the realization of lightweight ECG devices to the realization of unobtrusive electrodes. Each wave of the ECG tracing reflects a specific phase of the cardiac cycle; thus, analysis of the ECG morphological and temporal features provides important clinical information on the health status of the heart at any age and condition. ECG interpretation may be jeopardized by artefact and noise affecting the ECG tracing. Consequently, ECG sensors have to be designed in order to minimize noise during acquisition, specific hardware and software filters have to be implemented for ECG cleaning, and signal processing procedures have to be implemented for clinical information extraction. Moreover, some specialistic clinical uses (such as multimodal recordings) find severe limitation in the current electrode technologies, asking for further research on this fundamental aspect, designing electrodes with specific physical characteristics, or including some stages of the signal acquisition chain close to the acquisition point on the body.
This Special Issue aims to collect original research papers or review papers on advances in the technologies for the design of ECG electrodes. Moreover, readout electronic circuitry for ECG electrodes, and novel techniques for processing of the ECG signals gathered with such tools are also welcome. Topics include but are not limited to:
- ECG electrodes materials and technologies;
- ECG electrodes characterization;
- Textile electrodes;
- ECG electrodes on unconventional substrates;
- Loop recorders and invasive devices;
- Cardiac catheters for intracardiac recording and stimulation;
- Embedded systems for ECG sensing;
- Hardware front-end for ECG electrodes;
- Active ECG electrodes;
- Hardware and software filtering for ECG denoising and enhancement;
- Fetal electrocardiography electrodes and systems;
- Newborn and pediatric electrocardiography electrodes and systems;
- ECG applications during physical activity;
- Long-term ECG recording systems;
- Cardiac home telemonitoring systems;
- Sensor-dependent signal processing for computer-aided diagnosis.
Prof. Laura Burattini
Prof. Jean Philippe Couderc
Prof. Danilo Pani
Prof. Paola Pierleoni
Dr. Micaela Morettini
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sensors is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- ECG electrodes
- electrodes technology
- electrodes materials
- ECG acquisition
- ECG front-end
- active electrodes
- ECG processing