Automated cough assessment on a mobile platform

Mark Sterling, Hyekyun Rhee, Mark Bocko

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The development of an Automated System for Asthma Monitoring (ADAM) is described.This consists of a consumer electronics mobile platform running a custom application. The application acquires an audio signal from an external user-worn microphone connected to the device analog-to-digital converter (microphone input). This signal is processed to determine the presence or absence of cough sounds. Symptom tallies and raw audio waveforms are recorded and made easily accessible for later review by a healthcare provider. The symptom detection algorithmis based upon standard speech recognition andmachine learning paradigms and consists of an audio feature extraction step followed by a Hidden Markov Model based Viterbi decoder that has been trained on a large database of audio examples froma variety of subjects. Multiple Hidden Markov Model topologies and orders are studied. Performance of the recognizer is presented in terms of the sensitivity and the rate of false alarmas determined in a cross-validation test.

Original languageEnglish
Article number951621
JournalJournal of Medical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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