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Assessment of pain in newborns in neonatal ICUs with intelligent systems

January 2014 to December 2014


Babies and especially, premature infants who must be admitted to a neonatal ICU, must often undergo care processes, whether invasive or non-invasive. These processes can cause discomfort or even pain. Nowadays, pain is given much importance, it is even considered a vital constant that must be taken care of. Although in the past it was believed that newborns did not suffer pain, as they did not have a sufficiently mature nervous system, today the scientific community believes that if the pain is not alleviated, it can have long-term consequences on the physical and mental health of the baby. With this project of the Rovira y Virgili University we want to develop an automatic and real-time measurement system for pain or discomfort. In addition to developing a registration and warning system in case of alarm or need for attention. The project is carried out by experts in Nursing and experts in Computer Engineering and Telematics. You can get more information by consulting the project report that you will find.


  • Dra. Montserrat García Martínez (smart tech team)
  • Dr. Antoni Martínez Ballesté (smart tech team)
  • Sr. Josep Oriol Casanovas Marsal (smart tech team)
  • Dr. Agusti Solanas (smart tech team)
  • Dr. Domènec Puig
  • Sr. Èdgar Batista (smart tech team)
  • Sr. Julián Cristiano Rodríguez


  • A. Martínez-Ballesté, J.O. Casanovas-Marsal, A. Solanas, F. Casino, M. García-Martínez, An Autonomous System to Assess, Display and Communicate the Pain Level in Newborns, Medical Measurements and Applications, MeMeA 2014, Lisbon, June 2014.


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