Paige Bohana

Mentor: Dr. Jian Li
College of ECE
 
"I have had a passion for research ever since my participation in my high school's science research fair. I love learning and applying my knowledge towards creating something new."

Major

Electrical Engineering and Mathematics

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Signal Processing
  • Digital Design
  • Robotics

Academic Awards

  • Sones Scholarship (2014)
  • Dean's List
  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016

Organizations

  • UF French Club
  • Gator Salsa Club

Volunteer

  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Crochet
  • Volleyball
  • Salsa

Research Description

Heart Rate Detection Using an Ultra Wide Band Radar
I am developing a method of signal analysis to extract information on the heart and lung functions of a patient based on data returned from a microwave stethoscope. The stethoscope is composed of a state-of-the-art Novelda radar chip, which is an Ultra Wide Band radar on a single chip. The radar has almost 10 GHz bandwidth, allowing for fine depth resolution within the human body. The UWB radar is extremely safe, with a power that is 30 dB below a normal smart phone, and unlike x-rays, it is non-ionizing and hence will not cause cancer to patients even after repeated use. Current research in this field includes the development of stick-on narrow band sensors that send microwave signals into the body, although I hope to create a UWB alternative. This alternative will allow for greater patient mobility, can be used in special circumstances (such as when treating burn victims), and can potentially be adapted for patient monitoring outside a hospital environment.