Mingui Sun, PhD

  • Professor

Mingui Sun, PhD, received a BS degree in instrumental and industrial automation in 1982 from the Shenyang Chemical Engineering Institute in Shenyang, China, and an MS degree in electrical engineering in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned a PhD degree in electrical engineering in 1989. He was later appointed to the faculty in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Sun’s research interests include neurophysiological signals and systems, biosensor designs, brain-computer interface, bioelectronics and bioinformatics. He has more than 460 publications.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Biomedical engineering; biomedical instrumentation; biomedical signal processing, computational neurophysiology, image and video processing; computer-assisted neurosurgery and diagnosis.

Professional Organization Membership

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
IEEE Circuit and Systems Society

Education & Training

  • BS, Instrumentation/Industrial Automation, Shenyang Chemical Institute, 1982
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1986
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1989

Selected Publications

Li Z, Jia W, Chen H-C, Wang K, Zuo W, Meng D, Sun M. Multiview Stereo and Silhouette Fusion via Minimizing Generalized Reprojection Error. Image and Vision Computing 33:1-14, 2015.

Chen H-C, Jia W, Sun X, Li Z, Li Y, Fernstrom JD, Burke LE, Baranowski T, Sun M. Saliency-aware food image segmentation for personal dietary assessment using a wearable computerMeasurement Science and Technology 26(2), 2015.

Li Z, Wei Z, Yue Y, Wang H, Jia W, Sun M. An adaptive hidden Markov model for activity recognition using a wearable multi-sensor device. Journal of Medical Systems 39(5):57, 2015.

Cheng F, Zhang H, Sun M, Yuan D. Cross-trees, Edge and Superpixel Priors-based Cost aggregation for Stereo matchingPattern Recognition, 48(7):2269-78, 2015.

Sun W, Wang H, Sun C, Guo B, Jia W, Sun M. Fast single image haze removal via local atmospheric light veil estimationComput Electr Eng 46:371-383, 2015.

Liao X, Yuan Z, Fai Q, Quo J, Zhen Q, Yu S, Tong Q, Si W, Sun M. Modeling and Predicting Tissue Movement and Deformation for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound TherapyPLoS One 10(5):e0127873, 2015.

Chyu MC, Austin T, Calisir F, Chanjaplammootil S, Davis MJ, Favela J, Gan H, Gefen A, Haddas R, Shen CL, Shieh JS, Su CT, Sun L, Sun M, Tewolde SN, Williams EA, Yan C, Zhang J, Zhang YT. Healthcare Engineering Defined: a White PaperJ Healthc Eng 6(41):635-648, 2015.

Dudik JM, Coyle JL, El-Jaroudi A, Sun M, Sejdic E. A matched dual-tree wavelet denoising for tri-axial swallowing vibrationsBiomed Signal Process Control 27:112-121, 2016.

A complete list of Dr. Sun's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Research Activities

• Single-Unit, Leadless EEG Sensor for Emergency Medicine.

Many patients arriving at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are in the state of coma due to a severe injury or disease. Non-Convulsive Seizures (NCS) and Non-Convulsive Status Epilepticus (NCSE) are critical neurophysiological conditions which do not have overt clinical signs. These conductions can be diagnosed only with EEG monitoring. Unfortunately, approximately 2% of the patients in the ICU undergo continuous EEG monitoring. Primary reasons for the underuse of this technology is due to the complexity in setting up EEG equipment in busy, human resource constrained ICU. Dr. Sun is developing a self-contained EEG sensor in the size of a U.S. quarter with no electrode leads. By simply pressing the EEG sensor against the unprepared scalp and twisting slightly, the device can grasp the skin firmly and start acquiring and transmitting EEG wirelessly to a bedside monitor, a smartphone, a tablet, or a Bluetooth enabled device within an ambulance. With these unique features, the aforementioned problem can be solved. 

• A Home-Based Wearable System Early Pneumonia Detection during a Pandemic Event.

The COVID-19 pandemic has widely spread over the world, causing millions of confirmed infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Besides lacking a vaccine and a therapeutic means specifically targeting the novel virus, Dr. Sun believes that the lack of an advanced technology for people to self-monitor their own physiological status at their homes has also contributed to the severity of this pandemic. His rich experiences in wearable technology, physiological monitoring, and clinical experience in COVID-19 patient care affords him the leverage to rapidly develop and deploy a low-cost, home-based wearable system to monitor infectious pneumonia for older adults, people with existing conditions, workers exposed to risky environments, travelers, military personnel, and all other individuals in needs.