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November 15, 2018

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Senior Director of Media Relations
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The University of Texas at Tyler announced that graduate-level student research to enhance infant activity monitoring was recognized at the 2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Meterocon.

UT Tyler graduate student Alhagie Sallah of Gambia, West Africa placed third in this year's poster competition and received $250 for his poster titled, "Amb-i: An IoT Based Affective Ambient Monitoring System for Infants," which explained his prototype design of a miniature and cost-effective wearable biosensor system that can monitor vital signs of preterm infants.

The research team, led by UT Tyler assistant professor Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel, hopes the system developed can improve the emotional health of infants and help parents remotely monitor their children.

"We are proud of Alhagie and all of the student researchers who are enthusiastic about making an impact in smart healthcare technology for the East Texas region," said Sundaravadivel, who is Sallah's adviser. "Alhagie competed with mostly Ph.D. level students in this competition, which has given him good experience and great confidence. The professional and technical skills he has developed will help him become a successful contributor to the field."

Sallah will graduate in May 2020 with a master's degree in electrical engineering and plans to become an expert consultant and researcher in telecommunications.

The UT Tyler College of Engineering offers students engaging learning environments rooted in personal service and UT System excellence. Serving nearly 1,000 students, the college is comprised of four academic departments and the Houston Engineering Center.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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