Automatic and continuous discomfort detection for premature infants in a NICU using video-based motion analysis

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Abstract

Frequent pain and discomfort in premature infants can lead to long-term adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. Video-based monitoring is considered to be a promising contactless method for identification of discomfort moments. In this study, we propose a video-based method for automated detection of infant discomfort. The method is based on analyzing facial and body motion. Therefore, motion trajectories are estimated from frame to frame using optical flow. For each video segment, we further calculate the motion acceleration rate and extract 18 time- and frequency-domain features characterizing motion patterns. A support vector machine (SVM) classifier is then applied to video sequences to recognize infant status of comfort or discomfort. The method is evaluated using 183 video segments for 11 infants from 17 heel prick events. Experimental results show an AUC of 0.94 for discomfort detection and the average accuracy of 0.86 when combining all proposed features, which is promising for clinical use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages5995-5999
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-1311-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Event41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2019)
- City Cube Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 23 Jul 201927 Jul 2019
https://embc.embs.org/2019/

Conference

Conference41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2019)
Abbreviated titleEMBC 2019
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period23/07/1927/07/19
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    Sun, Y., Kommers, D., Wang, W., Joshi, R., Shan, C., Tan, T., Aarts, R. M., Pul, C. V., Andriessen, P., & With, P. H. N. D. (2019). Automatic and continuous discomfort detection for premature infants in a NICU using video-based motion analysis. In 2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019 (pp. 5995-5999). [8857597] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2019.8857597