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Special Issue "Sensors toward Unobtrusive Health Monitoring"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomedical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Thomas M. Deserno
Guest Editor
Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics of TU Braunschweig and Hannover Medical School,Braunschweig, Germany
Prof. Dr. Christian Baumgartner
Guest Editor
Institute of Health Care Engineering with European Testing Center of Medical Devices, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Interests: biomedical sensors and signals, sensors in medical devices and IVDs, medical device regulation & safety
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Steffen Leonhardt
Guest Editor
Helmholtz Institute of Biomedical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Interests: biomedical engineering; control engineering; rehabilitation robotics; compliant actuators
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Dear Colleagues,

Currently, medicine, diagnostics, and health systems are changing worldwide. A few years ago, physicians performed a medical assessment or diagnostics only when symptoms had already occurred and only in their professional locations (residency or hospital). Driven by devices for sports and wellbeing, continuous behavioral monitoring has been established and is currently transforming to medical monitoring of vital signs and other individual health parameters. The disadvantage of behavioral monitoring devices is that you need to wear or carry them. In future, private environments such as cars or homes will support continuous health monitoring with rather unobtrusive sensors. The changing paradigm aims at predicting adverse health events in order to take actions to prevent them. Therefore, a lot of research is carried out in this field. We particularly focus this Special Issue on the following topics (if you are not sure, please get in contact with the Guest Editor):

• Sensors for mobile and unobtrusive, continuous health monitoring;
• Indirect sensors combining artificial intelligence;
• Calibration and accuracy assessment of sensors;
• Data management for continuously sensing devices;
• Combination of behavioral, medical, and environmental sensors or sensor data;
• Medical applications of continuous sensing.

Prof. Thomas Deserno
Guest Editor

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Unobtrusive Health Monitoring in Private Spaces: The Smart Vehicle
Sensors 2020, 20(9), 2442; - 25 Apr 2020
Unobtrusive in-vehicle health monitoring has the potential to use the driving time to perform regular medical check-ups. This work intends to provide a guide to currently proposed sensor systems for in-vehicle monitoring and to answer, in particular, the questions: (1) Which sensors are [...] Read more.
Unobtrusive in-vehicle health monitoring has the potential to use the driving time to perform regular medical check-ups. This work intends to provide a guide to currently proposed sensor systems for in-vehicle monitoring and to answer, in particular, the questions: (1) Which sensors are suitable for in-vehicle data collection? (2) Where should the sensors be placed? (3) Which biosignals or vital signs can be monitored in the vehicle? (4) Which purposes can be supported with the health data? We reviewed retrospective literature systematically and summarized the up-to-date research on leveraging sensor technology for unobtrusive in-vehicle health monitoring. PubMed, IEEE Xplore, and Scopus delivered 959 articles. We firstly screened titles and abstracts for relevance. Thereafter, we assessed the entire articles. Finally, 46 papers were included and analyzed. A guide is provided to the currently proposed sensor systems. Through this guide, potential sensor information can be derived from the biomedical data needed for respective purposes. The suggested locations for the corresponding sensors are also linked. Fifteen types of sensors were found. Driver-centered locations, such as steering wheel, car seat, and windscreen, are frequently used for mounting unobtrusive sensors, through which some typical biosignals like heart rate and respiration rate are measured. To date, most research focuses on sensor technology development, and most application-driven research aims at driving safety. Health-oriented research on the medical use of sensor-derived physiological parameters is still of interest. Full article
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