CS grad student Rattanaphan Boonbutra winner in National microMedic Contest.

Rattanaphan Boonbutra (M.S. '13), a current graduate student in computer science, has won a prize in the 2013 National microMedic Contest. The national contest was hosted and sponsored by the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, and Parallax Inc.

Boonbutra's award was announced on October 15th under the Education Division Winners category, as a Specialist Rank Winner, for the Mobile Doctor-In-A-Box (mDocInABox) project and comes with a $500 hardware prize.

Contest entrants were challenged to use microcontroller and sensor systems to create medical applications and products for possible use in the healthcare industry, medical simulation training, and the battlefield.

Boonbutra's project focused on the re-purposing of a microcontroller board, typically used in robotics applications, to develop a small, portable, mobile health and biometric sensor platform and application. The 2.7'x2.1' board allows a patient to use various hardware sensors to collect information such as pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), body temperature, blood pressure and patient position among others. Click for video The collected data are transmitted wirelessly in real-time from the hardware board to a mobile application running on a smartphone. The mobile application stores and dynamically presents the results to the user by constructing easy to read graphs and charts.

Her faculty advisor for this project was George Dimitoglou, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science. Boonbutra received a B.S. in Engineering, from Assumption University, Thailand in 2007 and she is expected to complete her M.S. in Computer Science in December 2013.


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