So-STRAP – Application Development

Without changes to healthcare, heart disease may overwhelm the system within 10 to 20 years. SoSTRAP (SOcial connectedness and Self TRAcking for Prevention and diagnosis of heart disease ), one of Eindhoven Engine’s four OpenCall 2019 projects, aims to develop a solution: a data collection and diagnosis platform which supports behavioral changes in cardiac patients through social connectedness. This complements the NWO-funded project NWO-STRAP, which looks at AI techniques for the early prediction of heart failure deterioration. The joint aim of these projects is lower treatment costs for cardiac patients and improved cardiac care.  

Assignment Description

A student assistant is sought who can help with the development of an application that combines various IoT devices for self-tracking of health related parameters. A user interface suitable for non-computer proficient users has been designed, and we are currently working to implement it with the back end of the application, which implements the overall logic of the self-tracking system and stores the data securely. The system is developed in an agile approach and adaptations will be made tot he functionality and user interface based on feedback gained through field trials. The student will support a team of PhD students developing the application. Applicants should:

  • Be proficient coding languages TypeScript, HTML, CSS
  • Be experienced with Angular
  • Familiarity with the Ionic framework is valued
  • Be experienced with Git
General project problem description 

Combining the sources

  “Suppose that somebody has had heart failure and is monitoring their condition,” says Panos Markopoulos, coordinator of So-STRAP and TU/e Professor of Design for Behavior Change. “If things get worse, one treatment is diuretics to relieve fluid congestion. Using AI, we want to see if it’s time to administer that. This is one clinical trial of the NWO project. The second looks at people who haven’t got heart disease but absorb resources by visiting the cardiology clinic for a check. Could we have good data collection at home to make their visit more efficient or handle things without a visit? These two focuses aim to improve ‘pain points’ in current cardiac care.”  As So-STRAP is working on social media within this monitoring of patients, the ambition is for both projects to become one. “Eventually,” explains Panos, “we will add social media to the various sources of data used for monitoring, such as medical instruments and IoT devices. I hope that the projects will be integrated and that our PhD students will be able to work with a whole group of people in the NWO project.”   

Knowledge across disciplines 

So-STRAP is needs-driven, having been started by cardiologist Eelko Ronner of Reiner de Graaf hospital on the basis of his practical experience. It also recognizes the need to involve a network of technology suppliers, which are mostly SMEs such as Cardiron, HeartSciences and Onmi. “We build on their high expertise, such as on electrocardiophy, secure data storage and transmission and gamification. This will help us provide innovative solutions that we otherwise couldn’t,” Panos notes.    This is also a crucial advantage of co-location, which allows PhD students to access knowledge from across the university.  

Types of student projects possible 
  • Fontys: internship ( 3rd year, ~4-6 months)
  • TU/e: internship (3-6 months) /master internship (6 months)
  • Euflex student job (2 days per week) 
  • No graduation projects
Types of Study
  • Data Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Software Science
Contact Person

Panos Markopoulos –

A team of TU/e staff are working on the project. These include P.Markopoulos, J.Hu, Pieter van Gorp and Peter Peters.

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