Seminar: Developing a bowel sound detector

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Auscultation is a standard medical practice performed by clinicians when inspecting a patient complaining about abdominal pain. Listening to the sounds produced by the gut during digestion allows us to non-invasively observe and monitor the gastro-intestinal functionality.

The goal of this work is to develop a detection algorithm for bowel sounds, suitable for long-term abdominal monitoring.


The project aims to develop a bowel sound detector to be embedded in the GastroDigitalShirt prototype developed at the Chair.

Learning objectives

  • Learn concepts of body sounds
  • Learn concepts of audio processing
  • Learn concepts of spotting algorithms


Project type Seminar
ECTS 2.5, 5, 7.5, default: 5
Language English
Period Summer term 2020
Presence time Virtual seminar, working from remote
Useful knowledge Python programming, Signal processing, Pattern recognition
Work distribution 40% model analysis, 60% programming
Med. Eng. designation Advanced Context Recognition (ACR)
StudOn link Please join
First Meeting Online introduction/Vorbesprechung of summer term 2020 Seminars
Registration Via StudOn, obligatory after introduction


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


Final presentation and final report.


Annalisa Baronetto

  • Job title: Researcher
  • Address:
    Henkestraße 91, Haus 7, 1. OG
    91052 Erlangen
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85 23608
  • Email:

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg