Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Jacob Gunther

Abstract

There are many ways in which the remote non-contact detection of the human heart rate might be useful. This is especially true if it can be done using inexpensive equipment such as consumer-grade cameras. Many studies and experiments have been performed in recent years to help reliably determine the heart rate from video footage of a person. The methods have taken an analysis approach which involves temporal Itering and frequency spectrum examination. This study attempts to answer questions about the noise sources which inhibit these methods from estimating the heart rate. Other statistical processes are examined for their use in reducing the noise in the system. Methods for locating the skin of a moving individual are explored and used with the purpose for acquiring the heart rate. Alternative methods borrowed from other fields are also introduced to find if they have merit in remote heart rate detection.

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