Accurate wearable heart rate monitoring during physical exercises using PPG

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Temko, Andriy
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Objective: The challenging task of heart rate (HR) estimation from the photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal, during intensive physical exercises is tackled in this paper. Methods: The study presents a detailed analysis of a novel algorithm (WFPV) that exploits a Wiener filter to attenuate the motion artifacts, a phase vocoder to refine the HR estimate and user-adaptive postprocessing to track the subject physiology. Additionally, an offline version of the HR estimation algorithm that uses Viterbi decoding is designed for scenarios that do not require online HR monitoring (WFPV+VD). The performance of the HR estimation systems is rigorously compared with existing algorithms on the publically available database of 23 PPG recordings. Results: On the whole dataset of 23 PPG recordings, the algorithms result in average absolute errors of 1.97 and 1.37 BPM in the online and offline modes, respectively. On the test dataset of 10 PPG recordings which were most corrupted with motion artifacts, WFPV has an error of 2.95 BPM on its own and 2.32 BPM in an ensemble with 2 existing algorithms. Conclusion: The error rate is significantly reduced when compared with the state-of-the art PPG-based HR estimation methods. Significance: The proposed system is shown to be accurate in the presence of strong motion artifacts and in contrast to existing alternatives has very few free parameters to tune. The algorithm has a low computational cost and can be used for fitness tracking and health monitoring in wearable devices. The Matlab implementation of the algorithm is provided online.
Accelerometers , Algorithm design and analysis , Estimation , Heart rate , Monitoring , Vocoders , Wiener filters , Photoplethysmographic , Viterbi decoding , Wiener filter , Phase vocoder , Spectrum estimation
Temko, A. (2017) 'Accurate Wearable Heart Rate Monitoring During Physical Exercises Using PPG', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 64(9), pp. 2016-2024. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2017.2676243
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