Date of Award

Fall 2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Computing and Software

Supervisor

Franya Franek

Language

English

Abstract

This thesis presents research that created an application protocol for wireless networks and functional brain spectroscopy. The proposed protocol was tested through the integration of several types of networks, devices, and sensors to facilitate functional brain spectroscopy. The need for reliability and speed to transmit medical data in near real time can make medical application uniquely challenging. This research addresses one of the main challenges faced when building medical solutions that monitor the human brain. The findings proposed a protocol that was implemented using an architectural model for a solution that provides full mobility in an everyday environment using a near-infrared light sensor designed to monitor brain function in humans. Moreover the study showed it is possible to use heterogenic networks and heterogenic devices to provide useful data that can be used for medical purposes [103]. A system implemented the proposed protocol was built to allow the possibility of testing subjects to be monitored in their real environment [104]. To test this hypothesis, heterogenic communication software was developed to allow for the collection of physiological data from a mobile near-infrared sensor via a mobile telephone that had Bluetooth support and Global Standard for Mobile Communications (GSM) support. The result of this work introduced Medical Data Transfer Protocols (MDTP) [106], an algorithm [103], and an architectural model (Four-node Model) [105].

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