EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Everyday Life Sounds and Speech Analysis for a Medical Telemonitoring System

Eric Castelli, Dan Istrate


In order to improve patientsí life conditions and to reduce the costs of the long hospitalization, the medicine is more and more interested in the telemonitoring techniques. These will allow the old people or the high risk patients to stay at home, and to benefit from a remotely and automated medical supervision. We develop in collaboration with TIMCIMAG laboratory, a system of telemonitoring in a habitat equipped with physiological sensors, position encoders of the person, and microphones. The originality of our approach consists in replacing the video camera monitoring, hardly accepted by the patients by microphones recording the sounds (speech or noises) in the apartment. The microphones carry out a multichannel sound acquisition system which, thanks to the sound information coupled with physical information, will enable us to identify a situation of distress. We describe the practical solutions chosen for the acquisition system and the recorded corpus of situations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Castelli, Eric / Istrate, Dan (2001): "Everyday life sounds and speech analysis for a medical telemonitoring system", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 2417-2420.