BISC seminar

Senen Barro (
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 14:21:24 +0200 (MET DST)

Soft Computing and Patient Care

Special BISC Seminar

Senen Barro, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Computer Science Division, University of California at
Professor of Computer Science and Head of Department of Electronics and
Computer Science, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

September 19, 1997
320 Soda Hall
2:00-3:00 p.m.


This talk will briefly introduce the main research lines, on Fuzzy Logic, Neural
Networks, Knowledge-based Systems, and Mobile Robotics, of the Intelligent
Systems Group of the University of Santiago de Compostela. Then it will focus on
patient follow-up in Intensive Coronary Care Units and on the role of soft
computing in that context. Advances in the health sciences and information
technology have led to increases in applied knowledge, the number of
signals, and the amount of data available for patient monitoring and evaluation
in ICCUs. As a result, the monitoring and follow up of patients interned in
these units has become extremely complex and requires the development of more
intelligent monitoring systems. Intelligent systems for intensive and exhaustive
follow up of patients interned in ICCUs need to deal with very different tasks
ranging from low level signal processing, alarm generation and management,
diagnosis to therapy advise. Very often it is necessary to mimic, as much as
possible, the way in which the human experts operates to deal with the
complexity of the tasks, and the impresicion, uncertainty and partial truth,
both in data and knowledge. Soft computing is a very useful consortium of
methodologies well suited for addressing many of these problems, found in the
rich domain of ICCUs. The domain of ICCUs is an almost endless source of
inspiration for developing new ideas in the soft computing domain and a very
good field to test them.