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Dr. Amy Bell

Dr. Amy Bell was a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech from 1997 to 2009. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Bell conducted research in signal processing methods for chemical sensor microsystems, image processing algorithms for oncolytic virus engineering, wavelet-based image compression, and engineering education. Bell’s research sponsors included NSF, NIH, AAUW Education Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her work was recognized with a 1999 NSF CAREER award, a 2003 VBI Faculty Fellow award, and the 2007-2009 AAUW University Scholar-in-Residence award. Bell was the recipient of three awards for teaching excellence and the 2005-2006 IEEE Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award. Her professional service included two IEEE Associate Editorships and Chair of the IEEE Educational Activities Board’s Public Awareness Committee.

Title:Formerly Associate Professor
Organization:Formerly Virginia Tech
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Arrhythmia Detection Algorithms for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

In this project, students learn how implantable cardioverter defibrillators allow people with certain kinds of cardiac arrhythmias to live normal, active lives. In the laboratory, the students use Matlab to investigate algorithms for quickly and accurately detecting the abnormal heart rhythms that require intervention. Along the way, they learn that signals can be processed in both the time and frequency domains, and how the complexity of an algorithm affects how quickly it runs. They also consider the ethics of an actual case in which a maker of defibrillators discovered a flaw in their device, but delayed publicizing the flaw for three years.

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