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S. Anas Ali, M. Saqib Niaz, Mubashir Rehman, Ahsan Mehmood, M. Mahboob Ur Rahman, Kashif Riaz

This paper presents a novel low-cost method to predict: i) the vascular age of a healthy young person, ii) whether or not a person is a smoker, using only the lead-I of the electrocardiogram (ECG). We begin by collecting (lead-I) ECG data from 42 healthy subjects (male, female, smoker, non-smoker) aged 18 to 30 years, using our custom-built low-cost single-lead ECG module, and anthropometric data, e.g., body mass index, smoking status, blood pressure etc. Under our proposed method, we first pre-process our dataset by denoising the ECG traces, followed by baseline drift removal, followed by z-score normalization. Next, we divide ECG traces into overlapping segments of five-second duration, which leads to a 145-fold increase in the size of the dataset. We then feed our dataset to a number of machine learning models, a 1D convolutional neural network, a multi-layer perceptron (MLP), and ResNet18 transfer learning model. For vascular ageing prediction problem, Random Forest method outperforms all other methods with an R2 score of 0.99, and mean squared error of 0.07. For the binary classification problem that aims to differentiate between a smoker and a non-smoker, XGBoost method stands out with an accuracy of 96.5%. Finally, for the 4-class classification problem that aims to differentiate between male smoker, female smoker, male non-smoker, and female non-smoker, MLP method achieves the best accuracy of 97.5%. This work is aligned with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations which aim to provide low-cost but quality healthcare solutions to the unprivileged population.

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Ahsan Mehmood, Asma Sarauji, M. Mahboob Ur Rahman, Tareq Y. Al-Naffouri

In the post-covid19 era, every new wave of the pandemic causes an increased concern among the masses to learn more about their state of well-being. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to come up with ubiquitous, low-cost, non-invasive tools for rapid and continuous monitoring of body vitals that reflect the status of one's overall health. In this backdrop, this work proposes a deep learning approach to turn a smartphone-the popular hand-held personal gadget-into a diagnostic tool to measure/monitor the three most important body vitals, i.e., pulse rate (PR), blood oxygen saturation level (aka SpO2), and respiratory rate (RR). Furthermore, we propose another method that could extract a single-lead electrocardiograph (ECG) of the subject. The proposed methods include the following core steps: subject records a small video of his/her fingertip by placing his/her finger on the rear camera of the smartphone, and the recorded video is pre-processed to extract the filtered and/or detrended video-photoplethysmography (vPPG) signal, which is then fed to custom-built convolutional neural networks (CNN), which eventually spit-out the vitals (PR, SpO2, and RR) as well as a single-lead ECG of the subject. To be precise, the contribution of this paper is two-fold: 1) estimation of the three body vitals (PR, SpO2, RR) from the vPPG data using custom-built CNNs, vision transformer, and most importantly by CLIP model; 2) a novel discrete cosine transform+feedforward neural network-based method that translates the recorded video- PPG signal to a single-lead ECG signal. The proposed method is anticipated to find its application in several use-case scenarios, e.g., remote healthcare, mobile health, fitness, sports, etc.

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Rabia Ahmed, Ahsan Mehmood, Muhammad Mahboob Ur Rahman, Octavia A. Dobre

This letter presents a novel hybrid method that leverages deep learning to exploit the multi-resolution analysis capability of the wavelets, in order to denoise a photoplethysmography (PPG) signal. Under the proposed method, a noisy PPG sequence of length N is first decomposed into L detailed coefficients using the fast wavelet transform (FWT). Then, the clean PPG sequence is reconstructed as follows. A custom feedforward neural network (FFNN) provides the binary weights for each of the wavelet sub-signals outputted by the inverse-FWT block. This way, all those sub-signals which correspond to noise or artefacts are discarded during reconstruction. The FFNN is trained on the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) dataset under the supervised learning framework, whereby we compute the mean squared-error (MSE) between the denoised sequence and the reference clean PPG signal, and compute the gradient of the MSE for the back-propagation. Numerical results show that the proposed method effectively denoises the corrupted PPG and video-PPG signal.

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M. Hashim Shahab, Hasan Mujtaba Buttar, Ahsan Mehmood, Waqas Aman, M. Mahboob Ur Rahman, M. Wasim Nawaz, Qammer H. Abbasi

Non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM) or energy disaggregation is an inverse problem whereby the goal is to extract the load profiles of individual appliances, given an aggregate load profile of the mains of a home. NILM could help identify the power usage patterns of individual appliances in a home, and thus, could help realize novel energy conservation schemes for smart homes. In this backdrop, this work proposes a novel deep-learning approach to solve the NILM problem and a few related problems as follows. 1) We build upon the reputed seq2-point convolutional neural network (CNN) model to come up with the proposed seq2-[3]-point CNN model to solve the (home) NILM problem and site-NILM problem (basically, NILM at a smaller scale). 2) We solve the related problem of appliance identification by building upon the state-of-the-art (pre-trained) 2D-CNN models, i.e., AlexNet, ResNet-18, and DenseNet-121, which are trained upon two custom datasets that consist of Wavelets and short-time Fourier transform (STFT)-based 2D electrical signatures of the appliances. 3) Finally, we do some basic qualitative inference about an individual appliance's health by comparing the power consumption of the same appliance across multiple homes. Low-frequency REDD dataset is used to train and test the proposed deep learning models for all problems, except site-NILM where REFIT dataset has been used. As for the results, we achieve a maximum accuracy of 94.6\% for home-NILM, 81\% for site-NILM, and 88.9\% for appliance identification (with Resnet-based model).

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Ahsan Mehmood, Omer Waqar, Mahboob ur Rahman

In this paper, we consider an intelligent reflecting surface (IRS)-assisted wireless powered communication network (WPCN) in which a multi antenna power beacon (PB) sends a dedicated energy signal to a wireless powered source. The source first harvests energy and then utilizing this harvested energy, it sends an information signal to destination where an external interference is also present. More specifically, we formulated an analytical problem in which objective is to maximize the throughput by jointly optimizing the energy harvesting (EH) time and IRS phase-shift matrices corresponding to both energy transfer and information transfer phases. The formulated optimization problem is high dimensional non-convex, thus a good quality solution can be obtained by invoking any evolutionary algorithm such as Genetic algorithm (GA). It is well-known that the performance of GA is generally remarkable, however it incurs a high computational complexity. Thus, GA is unable to solve the considered optimization problem within channel coherence time, which limits its practical use. To this end, we propose a deep unsupervised learning (DUL) based approach in which a neural network (NN) is trained very efficiently as time-consuming task of labeling a data set is not required. Numerical examples show that the proposed approach significantly reduces time complexity making it feasible for practical use with a small loss in achievable throughput as compared to the GA. Nevertheless, it is also shown through numerical results that this small loss in throughput can be reduced further either by increasing the number of antennas at the PB and/or decreasing the number of reflecting elements of the IRS.

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