Seminar: Respiratory condition and air quality assessment

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Figure 1. Every breathe intakes air: A complex mixture in the form of aerosol.


A healthy human breathes roughly 30,000 times a day while consuming about 11,000 litres of air. Air consists of not only gases (e.g. oxygen and nitrogen), but also a complex mixture of chemicals and orgasms, such as particle pollutants, pollen, bacteria and viruses that all threaten the wellness of human respiratory system. The project aims at implementing a convenient approach for daily respiratory and air quality analysis by merging advanced monitoring technologies.


Develop wearable prototypes for close-to-face air analysis and apply detection algorithms to extract useful  biomarkers.

Learning objectives

  • Prototype health monitoring wearables.
  • Design study protocols and arrange data collection.
  • Extract biomarkers from sensor data.


Project type Seminar
Language English
Period Summer term 2020
Presense time 80% working from remote, 20% on-site lab work
Useful knowledge Embedded programming, electronics, mechanical design, Python
Work distribution 30% 3D modeling, 30% electronics integration, 20% data collection, 20% programming
Med. Eng. designation Advanced Context Recognition (ACR)
StudOn link StudOn-Link
First meeting Online introduction/Vorbesprechung, see: online-introduction-vorbesprechung-of-summer-term-2020-seminars
Registration Via StudOn, obligatory after introduction


Up-to-date literature recommendations are provided during the meetings.


Final presentation and final report.


Rui Zhang

  • Job title: Researcher
  • Address:
    Henkestr. 91, Geb. 7
    91052 Erlangen
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23604
  • Email:

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg