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PhD student on Predictive Monitoring

The School of Medical Physics and Engineering group, department of Applied Physics, has a job opening for a PhD student on Predictive Monitoring for Alarm-Limiting AlgoRithm-based Monitoring.

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur



Medical care for very premature infants in developed countries is provided in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where infants spend the first weeks or even months of their lives in a vulnerable state in which life-threatening complications can occur. Patient monitoring equipment is used to continuously monitor vital signs, such as heart rate, respiration and oxygen saturation. Alarms are used to alert the caretaker in case of a critical situation. Unfortunately, current systems too often raise false alarms while at the same time sometimes life-threatening situations are easily missed.

The ALARM project aims to develop advanced methods for improved patient monitoring by fusing the measured vital signs and signals acquired with additional video monitoring to reduce false alarms and improve detection of relevant events. The project will employ data analytics and machine learning methods to detect deterioration earlier, using the vital signals and physiology-based algorithms. In addition, it shall use video derived signals for robust patient-motion detection and unobtrusive vital sign monitoring as a further resource to raise the appropriate alarms, and lower the false alarms.

Project description

This PhD project is part of the larger ALARM project for which a grant was obtained from NWO-TTW will focus on predictive monitoring. The project consists of two phases.

In the first phase, an integrated algorithm will be developed to predict adverse outcome using a multimodal sensing approach. Acquired data will be used to search for patterns relating to deterioration, using the collected 'anchor points' that indicate clinical diagnosis of the disease. Starting from trend analysis and simple correlation analysis, methods will proceed towards physiology-based advanced data mining

In a second phase, the algorithm will be used to develop parameters that can function as 'early warning signs'. Data mining techniques are expected to result in indicators that are not directly insightful to clinicians. To bring this back into the clinical domain we intend to combine data mining with physiological models in order to help the physician to understand which factors are the main contributors to the indicators that the patient is deteriorating.

Departments and collaborators

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a world-leading research university specializing in engineering science & technology, with a strategic collaboration with Philips and several regional hospitals, like Maxima Medical Center, who are both involved in the current project. The TU/e is the world's best-performing research university in terms of research cooperation with industry (#1 since 2009).

The School of Medical Physics and Engineering Eindhoven (SMPE/e) specializes in engineering and implementation of technology in healthcare and has a long track record of educating healthcare engineers and supporting healthcare projects in hospitals and other healthcare institutions, in clinical physics, medical engineering and clinical informatics.

The ALARM project team is designed to combine extensive knowledge in the key fields (neonatal care, physiological monitoring, system and signal analysis, data analytics and implementation), with an elaborate clinical infrastructure. There is long-standing research collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Máxima Medical Center (MMC) and Philips on perinatal and neonatal projects, formalized in the so-called IMPULS Perinatology flagship. This project will be part of that collaboration. As part of this collaboration, the PhD candidate will work part of the time at Philips and carry out experiments at Maxima Medical Center.


We are looking for candidates that match the following profile:

  • A master's degree in Applied Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or related disciplines with excellent grades.
  • Excellent knowledge of signal processing and systems.
  • Solid programming skills (e.g., in Matlab or Python and C or C++).
  • A team player that enjoys to work in multidisciplinary teams (including scientists, engineers, physicians and nurses).
  • Good communication and organization skills.
  • Excellent English language skills (writing and presenting). Proficiency in Dutch or the willingness to learn Dutch.
  • Arbeidsvoorwaarden

    We offer a fixed-term, 4 year position in a research group with an excellent reputation. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, including:
  • A gross monthly salary between € 2222 (first year) and € 2840 (last year).
  • Additionally, 8% holiday and 8.3% end-of-year annual supplements.
  • Additional benefits, including excellent technical infrastructure, child care, holiday savings schemes, and sports facilities.
  • Assistance for finding accommodation is offered for foreign students.
  • Personal development program aimed to develop your social and communication skills ( see: www.tue.nl/PROOF3TU ).
  • Additionele informatie

    For more information about the project and any informal enquiries, please contact dr. ir. C. van Pul ( c.v.pul@tue.nl )

    If interested, please use the 'apply now'-button on this page, before June 10. You should upload the following:
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and key achievements in research project(s));
  • contact information of two references;
  • copies of diplomas with course grades;

  • Please keep in mind: you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each.