PhD student Maria Ghita (EA08) wins the best master thesis grant of the IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics Society

(07-11-2018) Doctoral student Maria Ghita (EA08) won the best master thesis grant of the IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics Society for her research with title ‘Experimental objective pain assessment via skin impedance’.

Maria Ghita performed her master thesis in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Clara Ionescu en Prof. Radu Dobrescu as part of an Erasmus exchange with the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Universitatea Politehnica din București), Romania. The aim of the Thesis Grant Initiative is to recognize the outstanding Student, Graduated Student and Young Professional members of SMCS who, early in their career, contributed to major advancements of theory, technologies, and/or applications of systems science & engineering, human-machine systems, and/or cybernetics.


More information about the Thesis Grant Initiative can be found on the website .

The master thesis explained:
“In this thesis a common and difficult subject treated in clinical practice is approached: pain assessment. Previous research has been used as a framework to highlight what is known about pathophysiological pain and how we could potentially validate a prototype that assesses pain rationally. The development of the measurement device for the continuous monitoring of changes in skin impedance as a function of an applied stimulus has been performed by the Research Group Dynamical Systems and Control (DySC). Starting from a medical to an engineering perspective, the research presented in this thesis aims to study the effect of implementing two protocols for assessing the mechanical and thermal induced pain, based on skin impedance measurements by using the ANSPEC-PRO prototype.”
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