Antonio Pardo

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Low-cost tin oxide gas sensors are inherently nonspecific. In addition, they have several undesirable characteristics such as slow response, nonlinearities, and long-term drifts. This paper shows that the combination of a gas-sensor array together with self-organizing maps (SOM’s) permit success in gas classification problems. The system is able to(More)
This paper describes a portable electronic nose based on embedded PC technology. The instrument combines a small footprint with the versatility offered by embedded technology in terms of software development and digital communications services. A summary of the proposed hardware and software solutions is provided with an emphasis on data processing. Data(More)
BACKGROUND Sepsis is one of the main causes of death in adult intensive care units. The major drawbacks of the different methods used for its diagnosis and monitoring are their inability to provide fast responses and unsuitability for bedside use. In this study, performed using a rat sepsis model, we evaluate breath analysis with Ion Mobility Spectrometry(More)
Gas sensing systems based on low-cost chemical sensor arrays are gaining interest for the analysis of multicomponent gas mixtures. These sensors show different problems, e.g., nonlinearities and slow time-response, which can be partially solved by digital signal processing. Our approach is based on building a nonlinear inverse dynamic system. Results for(More)
The performance of three different types of ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) devices: GDA2 with a radioactive ion source (Airsense, Germany), UV-IMS with a photo-ionization source (G.A.S. Germany) and VG-Test with a corona discharge source (3QBD, Israel) was studied. The gas-phase ion chemistry in the IMS devices affected the species formed and their(More)
In applied research as well as in clinical practice, it is common to evaluate the change that patients experience as a consequence of the treatment they receive. Various methods designed to evaluate this change are reviewed in this study. This review has focused on a specific aspect that has not been given proper attention: the false positive rate. For this(More)
One of the main causes of car accidents is drowsiness. There have been many studies regarding driving monitoring systems in the past few years, although most of them are focused in simulator environments. This paper presents a system to detect drowsiness patterns in real driving environments, where many external conditions need to be taken into account.(More)
A Differential Mobility Analyser (DMA) is a specific configuration of an Ion Mobility Spectrometer (IMS) where ions with different electrical mobilities are separated in space, instead of in time of drift, as in classical drift-time IMS. This work presents results obtained with a parallel plate DMA instrument, with crucial differences in the sheath flow and(More)