Faculté des Sciences appliquées
Faculté des Sciences appliquées

Exploring physiological indicators of pregnancy outcomes using machine learning and longitudinal patient data

Bixhain, Alix ULiège
Promotor(s) : Geurts, Pierre ULiège
Date of defense : 25-Jun-2018/26-Jun-2018 • Permalink :
Title : Exploring physiological indicators of pregnancy outcomes using machine learning and longitudinal patient data
Author : Bixhain, Alix ULiège
Date of defense  : 25-Jun-2018/26-Jun-2018
Advisor(s) : Geurts, Pierre ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Drion, Guillaume ULiège
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULiège
Javaux, Raphaël 
Language : English
Keywords : [en] Sleep monitoring
Discipline(s) : Engineering, computing & technology > Electrical & electronics engineering
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en ingénieur civil électricien, à finalité spécialisée en "electrical engineering"
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté des Sciences appliquées


[en] In the context of pregnancy monitoring, sleep detection and classification based on the electrophysiological and accelerometer signals recorded by the sensor developed by the society Bloomlife are investigated.

The first classification problem consists in differentiating between the sleep and the wakefulness
states while the second one involves the classification between the five main sleep stages, which are the light sleep (N1), the moderate sleep (N2), the deep sleep (N3), the rapid-eye-movements sleep (REM) and the wakefulness state.

The extraction of the main sleep physiological indicators that can be found in the recorded signals
is addressed. Among the different feature categories that were highlighted, the spectral analysis of the heart rate variability, which is highly related to the autonomous neural system activity, seems to be the most informative as much for the sleep detection as for the sleep stages classification. As a huge amount of characteristics has been computed to track the most representative as possible physiological information in the recorded signals, a feature selection is performed.

And finally, the predictions obtained with the three learning algorithms that have been selected,
a K-nearest neighbors, a random forest and a conditional random field algorithms, are evaluated. Among
these three classifiers, the conditional random field algorithm is the most promising algorithm for performing sleep monitoring since it takes into account the cycling structure of the sleep architecture. A bigger data set has however to be collected to improve its overall performances.



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  • Bixhain, Alix ULiège Université de Liège > Master ingé. civ. électr., à fin.


Committee's member(s)

  • Drion, Guillaume ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Dép. d'électric., électron. et informat. (Inst.Montefiore) > Systèmes et modélisation
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  • Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Dép. d'électric., électron. et informat. (Inst.Montefiore) > Télécommunications
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  • Javaux, Raphaël Bloomlife
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