Sparsity-Based Multi-Person Non-Contact Vital Signs Monitoring Via FMCW Radar

Yonathan Eder, Yonina C. Eldar

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Non-contact technology for monitoring the vital signs of multiple individuals, such as respiration and heartbeat, has been investigated in recent years due to the rising cardiopulmonary morbidity, the risk of disease transmission, and the heavy burden on medical staff. Frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radars have shown great promise in meeting these needs, even using a single-input-single-output (SISO) setup. However, contemporary techniques for non-contact vital signs monitoring (NCVSM) via SISO FMCW radar, are based on simplistic models and present difficulties in coping with noisy environments containing multiple objects. In this work, we first develop an extended model for multi-person NCVSM via SISO FMCW radar. Then, by utilizing the sparse nature of the modeled signals in conjunction with human-typical cardiopulmonary features, we present accurate localization and NCVSM of multiple individuals in a cluttered scenario, even with only a single channel. Specifically, we provide a joint-sparse recovery mechanism to localize humans in a noisy environment and develop a robust method for NCVSM called Vital Signs-based Dictionary Recovery (VSDR), which uses a dictionary-based approach to search for the rates of respiration and heartbeat over high-resolution grids corresponding to normal cardiopulmonary activity. The advantages of our method are illustrated through examples that combine the proposed model with <italic>in vivo</italic> data of 30 monitored individuals. We demonstrate accurate human localization in a noisy scenario that includes both static and vibrating objects and show that our VSDR approach outperforms existing NCVSM techniques, based on several statistical metrics. The findings support the widespread use of FMCW radars with the proposed algorithms in healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
StateAccepted/In press - 4 Mar 2023


  • Bioinformatics
  • Chirp
  • Frequency modulated continuous wave
  • Heart beat
  • Location awareness
  • Monitoring
  • Noise measurement
  • Radar
  • joint sparse recovery
  • multi-person localization
  • non-contact vital signs monitoring

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Health Information Management


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