PhD Dissertation Defense: Shrenik Vora
In this work, a novel passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based method for transmitting health parameters wirelessly and without batteries is described. The dissertation proposes an innovative method of transmitting health parameter data by simply turning RFID tags on and off. Technology for RFID based continuous monitoring that include a wireless power harvester and low-power circuits for amplification and health parameter detection are developed in this research. The dissertation includes practical applications of the technology that are demonstrated using heart rate and uterine contraction monitoring as examples. Empirical tests for characterizing the heart rate monitoring system are also conducted. The heart rate monitoring technology is validated with human testing which showed a correlation of over 99% between actual and detected heart rate data.