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Bachelor and Master Theses
Physiological Sleep Analysis [VERSTECKT]
Bakk-/Masterarbeit vom 10. October 2011; offen

Problem definition, Approach:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) and related measures (HRV, autochronic image) offers great potential in person psychologic state change evaluation
  • Recreation while sleeping is an important topic
  • Sleep analysis: Influence of ECG measures of a couple
    a) both sleeping alone (e.g. in different rooms or flats/houses)
    b) sleeping together (double bed)

Expected outcome:

  • ECG/HRV/autochronic images show significant differences, e.g. more harmonic, counterbalanced, calm sleeping behavior when sleeping together compared to the situation of sleeping alone; "synchronization" of RR or ECG streams when sleeping together?


  • Interest in software/prototype development (Java, C/C++/C#)
  • User study: Setup and carry out several (maybe self) experiments
  • Good command of English (understanding of related work; Thesis is preferred written in English)
  • Typesetting using LaTeX (--> Miktex, TeXnicCenter) + BibTeX (-->Jabref)

Time schedule:

  • Start: flexible, as of now
  • Estimated completion date: within 12 months

Further information:


[Brosschot2007] J.F. Brosschot, E. van Dijk and J.F. Thayer, Daily worry is related to low heart rate variability during waking and the subsequent nocturnal sleep period. International Journal of Psychophysiology,  63  (2007), pp. 39-47.
[Pieper2007] Suzanne Pieper, Jos F. Brosschot, Rien van der Leeden, and Julian F. Thayer. Cardiac Effects of Momentary Assessed Worry Episodes and Stressful Events Psychosom Med November 1, 2007 69:901-909, doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31815a9230.
[Agelink2001 Marcus W. Agelink, Rolf Malessa, Bruno Baumann, Thomas Majewski, Frank Akila, Thomas Zeit and Dan Ziegler. Standardized tests of heart rate variability: normal ranges obtained from 309 healthy humans, and effects of age, gender, and heart rate. Clinical Autonomic Research, Volume 11, Number 2, 99-108, DOI: 10.1007/BF02322053.
[Wenn2011] Thomas Wennekers, Peter Achermann, Eckehard Olbrich. The complexity of sleep. Theme Issue in Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A,
October 13, 2011, Vol. 369, Number 1952, pp. 3695-3901, ISSN: 1364-503X.

Contact: Andreas Riener