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Kouhyar Tavakolian

PhD, P.Eng.
  • Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Contact Info

  • Email: kouhyar.tavakolian@UND.edu
  • Alt Email: kouhyart@gmail.com
  • Office: 701.777.4446
  • Alt Phone: 604.782.4269
  • Dept:

Office Address

Upson Hall II Room 160n
243 Centennial Dr Stop 7165
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7165

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Postdoc/PhD positions are avilable at BERC lab 

Applicants with research interests in biomedical signal and image processing are encouraged to apply soon. Email your CV. 

Courses

EE206: Electric Circuits I , Fall 2015

EE313: Electric Circuits II, Spring 2016

EE590: Machine Learning Applications in Biomedical Engineering

EE480: Capstone Senior Design Projects

 

Biography

Kouhyar Tavakolian joined the Electrical Engineering department in March 2014. Prior to joining UND he was a postdoctoral fellow at ECE department at University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada for two years. He recived his BSc is Biomedical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic in 2000, Msc degree in Bioelectrical Engineering from Electrical Engineering department at University of Tehran in 2003 and another MSc degree in computer science from University of Northern British Columbia, Canada in 2005. He defended his PhD thesis in 2010 at Simon Fraser University, Canada.  

He is a researcher with proven ability to cultivate ideas and conduct international collaborative research in biomedical engineering. His particular interest are in biological signal processing, biomedical instrumentation, noninvasive cardiology technologies, and EEG-based brain-computer interfaces and he has published more than hundered journal, conference proceedings, patents and book chapters in these fields. Kouhyar is a scientist with entrepreneurial interest and experience in knowledge transfer to industry.

Kouhyar is currently the director for Biomedical Engineering Research Complex (BERC) at UND.  

Biomedical signal and image processing

Noninvasive cardiology methods: seismocardiography, ballistocardiography and apexcardiography,

Selected Journal Papers:

[1] A Verma, D Xu, Michelle Burner, A Garg, N Gwasami, A Blaber, K Tavakolian, “Blood Pressure Regulation during 2-g Centrifugation at Feet is Analogous to Standing" to be considered for publication in Frontiers in Physiology, section Environmental, Aviation and Space Physiology” Frontier in Physiology, accepted for publication May 2018.

[2] A. Verma, D. Xu, A. Garg, A. Cote, N. Goswami, A.P. Blaber and K. Tavakolian “Non-linear Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Interaction in Response to Lower-Body Negative Pressure” Frontiers in Physiology, Vol. 8, Article 767, October 2017.

[3] A Verma, A Garg, D Xu, A.P. Blaber and K. TavakolianSkeletal Muscle Pump Drives Control of Cardiovascular and Postural Systems”  Scientific Reports, Vol. 7, March 2017.

[4] N. A. Nafiul, T. Tabassum, R. Fazel-Rezai and K. Tavakolian, “Vertical Ground Reaction Force Marker for Parkinson's Disease” Accepted for publication, Plos One, April 2017. 

[5] D. Xu, A. K. Verma, A. Garg, M. Bruner, A. P. Blaber, and K. Tavakolian “Significant role of the cardio-postural interaction in blood pressure regulation during standing”, Journal of Applied Physiology, submitted, Jan 2017.

[6] J Wahlstrm, I Skog, P Hndel, F Khosrow-khavar, K. Tavakolian, P Stein, A Nehorai “A Hidden Markov Model for Seismocardiography”  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Jan 2017.

[7] F. Khosrow-khavar, K. Tavakolian, C. Menon, “Automatic and Robust Segmentation of Seismocardiogram for Noninvasive Estimation of Cardiac Time Intervals” IEEE Transaction in Biomedical Engineering, September 2016.

[8] Vahid Zakeri, Alireza Akhbardeh, Nasim Alamdari, Reza Fazel-Rezai, Mikko Paukkunen, Kouhyar Tavakolian “Analyzing Seismocardiogram Cycles to Identify the Respiratory Phases” IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering, October 2016.

[9] Laurin, Alexandre; Khosrow, Farzad; Blaber, Andrew; Tavakolian, Kouhyar “Accurate and consistent automatic seismocardiogram annotation without concurrent ECG”, Physiological Measurement, Institute of Physics, Vol. 37, pp. 1588-1604, July 2016. 

[10] Farzad Khosrow-khavar, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Carlo Menon, “Automatic and Robust Segmentation of Seismocardiogram for Noninvasive Estimation of Cardiac Time Intervals” Accepted for publication, IEEE Transaction in Biomedical Engineering, September 2016.

[11] Kouhyar Tavakolian, “Systolic Time Intervals and New Measurement Methods”, Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, Springer, June 2016, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 118–125.

[12] Farzad Khosrow-khavar, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Andrew P. Blaber, Reza, Fazel-Rezai, John M Zanetti and Carlo Menon “Automatic Annotation of Seismocardiogram with Higher Frequency Precordial Accelerations” IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 1428-1434, July 2015.

[13] Farzad Khosrow-khavar, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Andrew P. Blaber, Reza, Fazel-Rezai, John M Zanetti and Carlo Menon “Automatic Annotation of Seismocardiogram with Higher Frequency Precordial Accelerations” IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 1428-1434, July 2015.

[14]  Omer T. Inan, Pierre-Francois Migeotte, Kwang-Suk Park, Mozziyar Etemadi, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Ramon Casanella, John Zanetti, Jens Tank, Irina Funtova, G. Kim Prisk, Marco Di Rienzo “Ballistocardiography and Seismocardiography: A Review of Recent Advances” IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 1414-1427, July 2015.    

[15] Kouhyar Tavakolian, Geoff Houlton, Guy A. Dumont, Andrew P. Blaber, ‘Precordial vibrations provide noninvasive detection of early-stage hemorrhage’ Journal of Shock, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 91:96, Feb 2014.

[16] Parastoo K. Dehkordi, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Marcin Marzencki, Marta Kaminska, Bozena Kaminska “Assessment of Respiratory Flow and Efforts Using Upper-Body Accelerations Considering the Sleep Apnea Syndrome” Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, Springer, Vol. 52, No. 8, June 2014.

[17] Marcin Marzencki, Behrad Kajbafzadeh, Farzad Khosrow-khavar, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Maxim Soleimani-Nouri, Jaap Hamburger, Bozena Kaminska and Carlo Menon, "Low frequency mechanical actuation accelerates reperfusion in-vitro" BioMedical Engineering OnLine 2013, 12:121.

[18] Marcin Marzencki, Behrad Kajbafzadeh, Farzad Khosrow-khavar, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Bozena Kaminska, and Carlo Menon “Diastolic Timed Vibrator: Noninvasive Pre-Hospitalization Treatment of Acute Coronary Ischemia” IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 313:324, June 2013.

[19] Kouhyar Tavakolian, Farzad Khosrow-Khavar, Marcin Marzencki, Behrad Kajbafzadeh, Andrew P Blaber, Bozena Kaminska, Carlo Menon “Precordial acceleration signals improve the performance of diastolic timed vibrations” Medical Engineering & Physics, Elsevier, S1350-4533(12)00316-5, January 2013.

[20] Viatcheslav Gurev, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Jason Constantino, Bozena Kaminska, Andrew P. Blaber, Natalia A. Trayanova "Mechanisms Underlying the Isovolumic and Ejection Peaks in Seismocardiogram Morphology" Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, May 2011, 32(2):103-110. 

[21] Yindar Chuo, Marcin Marzencki, Benny Hung, Camille Jaggernauth, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Philip Lin, and Bozena Kaminska, "Mechanically Flexible Wireless Multisensor Platform for Human Physical Activity and Vitals Monitoring" IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Oct 2010, pp 281-294.

[22] Marcin Marzencki, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Yindar Chuo, Benny Hung, Philip Lin, and Bozena Kaminska, "Miniature Wearable Wireless Real-time Health and Activity Monitoring System with Optimized Power Consumption" Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, 30(4): 227-235, May 2010.

[23] Yindar Chuo, Kouhyar Tavakolian, and Bozena Kaminska "Evaluation of a novel integrated sensor system for synchronous measurement of cardiac vibrations and cardiac potentials"   Journal of Medical Systems, Springer, 34(4): 445-455, Oct 2009. 

[24] Kouhyar Tavakolian, Ali Vaseghi, Bozena Kaminska, "Improvement of ballistocardiogram processing by inclusion of respiration information" Journal of Physiological Measurement, Institute of Physics, 29 (2008) 771-781. 

[25] Siamak Rezaei, Kouhyar Tavakolian, A.M.Nasrabadi, S.K.Setarehdan, “Different classification techniques considering brain computer interface applications” Institute of Physics(IOP),  Journal of Neural Engineering 3 (2006) 139-144. 

[26] Kouhyar Tavakolian, Faranak M.Zadeh, Yindar Chuo, Ali Vaseghi, Bozena Kaminska, “Development of a Novel Contactless Mechanocardiograph Device” International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications, vol. 2008, Article ID 436870, 5 pages, 2008. 6

Professional Engineering, British Columbia, Canada

Patents:

[1] Geoff Houlton, Graham Jahns, Gonzalo Portacio, Kouhyar Tavakolian, “Methods and apparatus for Estimation of Myocardial Contractility Using Precordial Vibration Signals” US 20150038856, Pub. Date Feb 5th 2015.

[2] Andrew P. Blaber, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Alexander Laurin, “Cardio-Postural Assessment System” US 20150112209, publication date: April 23 2015.

[3] Nicholas Wilson, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Reza Fazel-Rezai “System and Methods for Pilot/Operator Navigation Augmentation and Physiological Monitoring” US20160332567, publication date: November 17th 2016.

Senior IEEE member, Member since year 2000 and the younge affinity chair of red river valley section.