ESR06 PhD Enrolment Yes Start Date June-September 2016 Duration 36 Months
Host Organisation Telecommunications Engineering School, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Location Avenida Complutense nº 30, “Ciudad Universitaria”. 28040 – Madrid (España)
Project Title


Towards personalized in-home self-management and intervention for patients with a major cardiac event.


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EU health care services are striving to change the care paradigm from in-hospital patient care to home centred care. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of illness, death and increasing health expenditure in the EU. Nowadays CVD is considered and being treated as a chronic disease, because first cardiac event survival is increasing. Cardiac rehabilitation has been proven to considerably benefit patients who have experienced a cardiac event. However, countless patients still do not benefit from proper cardiac rehabilitation, usually because of lack of resources, which leads to incomplete or inexistent treatment and the occurrence of frequent relapses.

This project to develop underlying technologies for personalised home-based self-management and intervention for cardiac patients using novel HCI techniques and user-centred design principles. Specifically the project will develop 1) wearable sensing methods for vital sign and behavioural monitoring; 2) home-based follow-up rehabilitation and self-management approach and methodologies based on patients’ and specialists’ needs; 3) modelling and analysis methods of patients’ behaviour and physiological data to detect patients conditions and changes; 4) a mechanism for personalised and adapted intervention in terms of user profiles and rehabilitation performance including environments, e.g. a smart phone app, a home application and health professionals application.

Expected Results


  • Sensing and monitoring design for cardiac patients.
  • Rehabilitation and self-management approach and methodologies.
  • Methods for modelling and analysing patients’ behaviour and physiological data.
  • Personalised intervention mechanisms.
Planned Secondments


  • 1st: De Montfort University (DMU), UK, to develop knowledge and skills about context awareness and behaviour analysis.
  • 2nd: Universität Passau, Germany, to understand embedded sensor systems and develop sensing methods for project.
  • 3rd, 5th: Stichting ORBIS Zorgconcern (ORBIS), Netherlands, to understand chronic disease self-management and conduct evaluation.
  • 4th: Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI), Italy, to establish knowledge about system evaluation processes and apply to the project.
How to Apply


(link, e-mail, etc.)


The post advertisement, including eligibility requirements, Job Specs and Person Specs can be found in the Recruitment Section of the ACROSSING project website.

To apply, please contact Rebeca I. García Betances Please quote the post reference project number to which you would like to apply.

For further details or enquiries please contact Prof. María Fernanda Cabrera and/or Rebeca I. García Betances

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