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“My focus lies on the development of model-driven medical signal processing and interpretation methods. These robust methods will prove vital in monitoring of vital signs with increasingly less obtrusive devices.”

Research profile

Rik Vullings is Assistant Professor in the Signal Processing Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology. He did his PhD research in the group on analysis and interpretation of the non-invasively recorded fetal electrocardiogram to aid in the timely assessment of fetal distress. This technology is now being marketed through the spinoff company Nemo Healthcare, of which Vullings is co-founder and CSO.

In 2012, Vullings received a VENI grant to continue his research on pregnancy monitoring at TU/e. His research interests include biomedical signal processing and modeling, machine learning and pattern recognition. His main medical application areas are perinatology, cardiology, and somnology

Academic background

Rik Vullings received his MSc in Applied Physics with distinction from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2005. In 2010, he obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from TU/e on the analysis and interpretation of the non-invasive fetal electrocardiogram. He stayed on at TU/e as postdoc and was appointed Assistant Professor in 2013. In 2004, Vullings took the position of

researcher at Máxima Medical Center, where he worked until 2015. In 2009, he founded the spin-off company Nemo Healthcare, of which he is currently the CSO.

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Research Output 2005 2019

105 Citations (Scopus)
544 Downloads (Pure)

An adaptive Kalman filter for ECG signal enhancement

Vullings, R., Vries, de, B. & Bergmans, J. W. M., 2011, In : IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 58, 4, p. 1094-1103 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Kalman filters
Adaptive filters
2 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Improved ultrasound transducer positioning by fetal heart location estimation during Doppler based heart rate measurements

Hamelmann, P., Vullings, R., Schmitt, L., Kolen, A. F., Mischi, M., van Laar, J. O. E. H. & Bergmans, J. W. M., 21 Sep 2017, In : Physiological Measurement. 38, 10, p. 1821-1836 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Fetal Heart
Fetal Heart Rate
Heart Rate
5 Citations (Scopus)
62 Downloads (Pure)

The electrical heart axis and ST events in fetal monitoring: a post-hoc analysis following a multicentre randomised controlled trial

Vullings, R., Verdurmen, K. M. J., Hulsenboom, A. D. J., Scheffers, S., de Lau, H., Kwee, A., Wijn, P. F. F., Amer-Wahlin, I., van Laar, J. O. E. H. & Oei, S. G., 14 Apr 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 4, 11 p., e0175823.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Fetal monitoring
Fetal Monitoring
Fetal Heart
Randomized Controlled Trials
39 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Fetal autonomic response to severe acidaemia during labour

Laar, van, J. O. E. H., Peters, C. H. L., Vullings, R., Houterman, S., Bergmans, J. W. M. & Oei, S. G., 2009, In : BJOG : An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 117, 4, p. 429-437 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Heart Rate
Autonomic Nervous System
Fetal Distress
Umbilical Arteries
7 Citations (Scopus)
63 Downloads (Pure)

Measures of cardiovascular autonomic activity in insomnia disorder : a systematic review

Nano, M., Fonseca, P., Vullings, R. & Aarts, R. M., 23 Oct 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 10, p. 1-31 0186716.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
systematic review
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Association reactions
heart rate


Henk Stassen award

Rik Vullings (Recipient), 2019

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Biomedical engineering

NWO Veni Award : Towards a technology to reduce fetal mortality

R. Vullings (Recipient), 2012

Prize: NWOVeniScientific

Fetal Mortality

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Invited talk

Electrophysiological pregnancy monitoring: technological advancements and clinical applications

Rik Vullings (Speaker)
1 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


Student theses

Non-contact respiration monitoring for preterm neonates

Author: van der Heijden, P., 2014

Supervisor: Vullings, R. (Supervisor 1) & Atallah, N. (. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Non-invasive fetal electrocardiogram classification using spatial correlation

Author: Hermans, M., 31 Jan 2010

Supervisor: Bergmans, J. (Supervisor 1), Engeln, R. (Supervisor 2), Kopinga, K. (Supervisor 2), van Laar, J. (Supervisor 2), Vullings, R. (Supervisor 2) & Wijn, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Robust spectral analysis of heart rate variability in non-invasive fetal ECG recordings

Author: Warmerdam, G., 31 Aug 2012

Supervisor: van Pul, C. (Supervisor 1), Vullings, R. (Supervisor 2) & Wijn, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


The fetal electrocardiogram: determination of the fetal heart rate and electrocardiogram from abdominal recordings

Author: Vullings, R., 31 Aug 2005

Supervisor: Peters, C. (Supervisor 1) & Wijn, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master