"THE DARKEST NIGHTS PRODUCE THE BRIGHTEST STARS"

The week began with the task of continuing to develop the Reference worksheets, Project

Prompt, Design Context Review Document, and Design Context Review Presentation for all of

our Projects after a busy weekend spent working on the Design context Review for all of our

Projects. Then, at 9am, we met with Maureen at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, a

Biomedical Engineer who works as a Diagnostic Engineer for Rice360 at Queen Elizabeth.They

showed us how the standard patient monitor in their office functions, which measures

temperature, electrocardiograms (ECG), oxygen saturation, respiration, and pulse rate. They

also informed us about the vital parameters that should be monitored and what QECH currently

offers to monitor its patients. In particular, they showed us how they monitor the neonates using

the Neonatal Temperature Monitor and the multiparameter monitor that measures temperature,

respiration, oxygen concentration, and pulse rate. They also gave us the confidence that

developing neonatal monitoring equipment suitable for low-resource settings, such as Malawi, is

truly necessary.

The following day was all about conducting a literature review to assist us in developing our

design context reviews, and as of that day, I was working on developing design context reviews

for the Vein Finder project's Exploration of Existing Solutions Category, the Neonatal Monitor

project's Governs the Problem Category, and the Training Kit project's Background category of

the problem space.

The most difficult portion of the literature research for the training kit, for which our team had not

yet decided on a focus area, was the morning hours of Wednesday, when I continued working

on it for the three projects allotted to our team (the vein finder, the neonatal monitor, and the

training kit). We met with George Banda, the engineering manager for NEST360 Malawi, and

Vitumbiko Msowoya, a biomedical engineer at NEST360, in the afternoon at their workshop,

warehouse, and stores.They helped us start thinking about the designs of the projects as how

we want them to be and why we want them to be that way. They educated us on how to

implement all three of our projects within the time allotted to us. They also accepted the notion

that in order to comprehend the problem context of our project, we must schedule meetings with

the stakeholders at the medical schools.

As a team, we were required to begin working on the Design Context Review Document

Reference Worksheets the other day. Since the Reference Worksheet is merely a summary of

the Design Context Review Document, each team member was required to create the

Reference Worksheets for the categories that were assigned to them. I was working on the

Reference Worksheet for the Background of the Neonatal Monitor, the Governs the Problem

Category of the Training kit, and the Reference Worksheet for the Background of the Neonatal

Monitor.

The Define Design Criteria stage of the Engineering Design Process (EDP), which is a stage of

setting quantifiable, quantitative goals for our design, was introduced by the Teaching Assistants

on Friday morning. The Teaching Assistants assigned us the task of watching Ann Saterbak's

videos on Define Design Criteria and responding to Exercises 1 and 2 on the Define Design

Criteria stage. We were also required to discuss the questions in groups before presenting the


solutions we had developed. We began preparing the Design Context Review Powerpoint

Presentations in the afternoon for Monday of the following week's presentations.

The darkest nights bring forth the brightest stars, thus we had to work extremely hard this week

to comprehend the problem context of our projects through interviews and literature reviews.While traditional signal processing methods struggle to properly handle low-quality signals, it appears from the literature that deep learning models are able to more reliably extract the heart rate from raw BCG data or ballistocardiography data. This raises the interest in using deep learning approaches in biosignal data. Furthermore, the usage of deep learning methods to extract information such as patient movement would also be a good area to research as this would help in the diagnosis of diseases.


The week began with the task of continuing to develop the Reference worksheets, Project Prompt, Design Context Review Document, and Design Context Review Presentation for all of our Projects after a busy weekend spent working on the Design context Review for all of our Projects. Then, at 9am, we met with Maureen at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, a Biomedical Engineer who works as a Diagnostic Engineer for Rice360 at Queen Elizabeth.They showed us how the standard patient monitor in their office functions, which measures temperature, electrocardiograms (ECG), oxygen saturation, respiration, and pulse rate. They also informed us about the vital parameters that should be monitored and what QECH currently offers to monitor its patients. In particular, they showed us how they monitor the neonates using the Neonatal Temperature Monitor and the multiparameter monitor that measures temperature, respiration, oxygen concentration, and pulse rate. They also gave us the confidence that developing neonatal monitoring equipment suitable for low-resource settings, such as Malawi, is truly necessary. The following day was all about conducting a literature review to assist us in developing our design context reviews, and as of that day, I was working on developing design context reviews for the Vein Finder project's Exploration of Existing Solutions Category, the Neonatal Monitor project's Governs the Problem Category, and the Training Kit project's Background category of the problem space. The most difficult portion of the literature research for the training kit, for which our team had not yet decided on a focus area, was the morning hours of Wednesday, when I continued working on it for the three projects allotted to our team (the vein finder, the neonatal monitor, and the training kit). We met with George Banda, the engineering manager for NEST360 Malawi, and Vitumbiko Msowoya, a biomedical engineer at NEST360, in the afternoon at their workshop, warehouse, and stores.They helped us start thinking about the designs of the projects as how we want them to be and why we want them to be that way. They educated us on how to implement all three of our projects within the time allotted to us. They also accepted the notion that in order to comprehend the problem context of our project, we must schedule meetings with the stakeholders at the medical schools. As a team, we were required to begin working on the Design Context Review Document Reference Worksheets the other day. Since the Reference Worksheet is merely a summary of the Design Context Review Document, each team member was required to create the Reference Worksheets for the categories that were assigned to them. I was working on the Reference Worksheet for the Background of the Neonatal Monitor, the Governs the Problem Category of the Training kit, and the Reference Worksheet for the Background of the Neonatal Monitor. The Define Design Criteria stage of the Engineering Design Process (EDP), which is a stage of setting quantifiable, quantitative goals for our design, was introduced by the Teaching Assistants on Friday morning. The Teaching Assistants assigned us the task of watching Ann Saterbak's videos on Define Design Criteria and responding to Exercises 1 and 2 on the Define Design Criteria stage. We were also required to discuss the questions in groups before presenting the


solutions we had developed. We began preparing the Design Context Review Powerpoint Presentations in the afternoon for Monday of the following week's presentations. The darkest nights bring forth the brightest stars, thus we had to work extremely hard this week to comprehend the problem context of our projects through interviews and literature review

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