Indian & Sydney researchers aim to improve fetal monitoring

Indian & Sydney researchers working to improve fetal monitoring

7 April 2017

Researchers from opposite ends of the globe are working together to improve fetal monitoring in pregnancy and identify growth abnormalities earlier in pregnancy.

As a part of the AU$500,000 five-year agreement between the University of Sydney and IIT Madras, the teams are aiming to develop a framework for the automatic biometric measurement of fetuses using biomedical image processing and machine learning algorithms.

The IIT Madras Alliance enables PhD students in the faculties of engineering and IT, medicine and health sciences to travel between India and Australia to address key health and medical concerns such as fetal growth and development.

IIT Madras PhD student Pradeeba Sridar has just completed her third study visit to Australia as a part of the Alliance program. Working with Associate Professor Jinman Kim and his team in the School of Information Technologies and Professor Ralph Nanan in the Sydney Medical School at Nepean Hospital, Ms Sridar has had the opportunity to contribute different clinical and technical skills to the Sydney team.

"Working with the Nepean Clinical School allows me to access a greater depth of data and gain the clinical guidance I need to reach our goals," says Ms Sridar.

"Sydney is a multicultural society and the interaction with many other postdoctoral and PhD students in biomedical engineering and health sciences enhances my knowledge and experience as a researcher. This complements the mathematical and development skills I gain from my studies in India."

Ms Sridar was awarded the thesis prize at the recent 8th Annual Sydney Faculty of Engineering and IT Student Research Conference for her presented work in the fetal monitoring project. The conference brings all engineering, project management and IT postgraduate students, academics and final year undergraduates together to network and communicate their research to industry and professional bodies.