||SAS has become an increasingly important public-health problem in recent years. It can adversely affect neurocognitive, cardiovascular, respiratory diseases and can also cause behavior disorder. Moreover, up to 90% of these cases are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Therefore, the study of how to diagnose, detect and treat OSA is becoming a significant issue, both academically and medically. Polysomnography can monitor the OSA with relatively fewer invasive techniques. However, polysomnography-based sleep studies are expensive and time-consuming because they require overnight evaluation in sleep laboratories with dedicated systems and attending personnel. Therefore, to improve such inconveniences, one needs to develop a simplified method to diagnose the OSA, so that the OSA can be detected with less time and reduced financial costs.|
Since currently there seems to be no OSA detection technique available in Taiwan, the goal of this work is to develop a reliable OSA diagnostic algorithm. In particular, via signal processing, feature extraction and artificial intelligence, this thesis describes an on-line ECG-based OSA diagnostic system. It is hoped that with such a system the OSA can be detected efficiently and accurately.