Cardiorespiratory Model-Based Data-Driven Approach for Sleep Apnea Detection

Sandeep Gutta, Qi Cheng, Hoa Dinh Nguyen, Bruce A. Benjamin

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic sleep disorder affecting millions of people worldwide. Individuals with OSA are rarely aware of the condition and are often left untreated, which can lead to some serious health problems. Nowadays, several low-cost wearable health sensors are available that can be used to conveniently and noninvasively collect a wide range of physiological signals. In this paper, we propose a new framework for OSA detection in which we combine the wearable sensor measurement signals with the mathematical models of the cardiorespiratory system. Vector-valued Gaussian processes (GPs) are adopted to model the physiological variations among different individuals. The GP covariance is constructed using the sum of separable kernel functions, and the GP hyperparameters are estimated by maximizing the marginal likelihood function. A likelihood ratio test is proposed to detect OSA using the widely available heart rate and peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) measurement signals. We conduct experiments on both synthetic and real data to show the effectiveness of the proposed OSA detection framework compared to purely data-driven approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1036-1045
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2018


  • Cardiorespiratory system mathematical model
  • Gaussian process state-space model
  • multimodal sensor fusion
  • sleep apnea detection


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