Low-Power System for Detection of Symptomatic Patterns in Audio Biological Signals


In this paper, we present a low-power, efficacious, and scalable system for the detection of symptomatic patterns in biological audio signals. The digital audio recordings of various symptoms, such as cough, sneeze, and so on, are spectrally analyzed using a discrete wavelet transform. Subsequently, we use simple mathematical metrics, such as energy, quasi-average, and coastline parameter for various wavelet coefficients of interest depending on the type of pattern to be detected. Furthermore, a multi-frequency spectrum-based analysis is applied to distinguish between signals, such as cough and sneeze, which have a similar frequency response and, hence, occur in common wavelet coefficients. Algorithm-circuit codesign methodology is utilized in order to optimize the system at algorithm and circuit levels of design abstraction. This helps in implementing a low-power system as well as maintaining the efficacy of detection. The system is scalable in terms of user specificity as well as the type of signal to be analyzed for an audio symptomatic pattern. We utilize multiplierless implementation circuit strategies and the algorithmic modification of multi spectrum computation to implement low power system in the 65-nm bulk Si technology. It is observed that the pattern detection system achieves about 90% correct classification of five types of audio health symptoms. We also scale the supply voltage due to lower frequency of operation and report a total power consumption of ∼184 µW at 700 mV supply. The proposed architecture of this paper analysis the logic size, area and power consumption using Xilinx 14.2.

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