BME student awarded travel grant

Anis Davoudi

Anis Davoudi, a Ph.D. student in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded a 2020 MCI Symposium Young Investigator Travel Scholarship to attend the 18th Annual Mild Cognitive Impairment Symposium.

Davoudi is a Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Dr. Rashidi, developing a system for automatic detection of delirium in patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU). About 80% of critically ill and surgical patients suffer from delirium and more than a third of patients that suffer from delirium could benefit from medical interventions, but the current method of detecting delirium requires the ICU nurse to assess the patient using Confusion Assessment Method-Intensive Care Unit (CAM-ICU). This method is time-consuming and does not recognize the onset of delirium in real-time. Anis’ proposal is to use the facial expressions extracted from the video recorded by Kinect sensor along with the patient’s activity data using an accelerometer. The impact of Davoudi’s research is to enhance the information from a patient’s health record and be able to detect delirium and its subtype in real-time.