Medical equipment design and development solutions

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Greg Hayes, Director

B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Systems, Victoria University of Wellington.

“As a kid I remember going into a local bookshop with my mum and buying a large science book. The book had a chapter on computers and I was mystified by these amazing electronic machines. It wasn’t until I got into computers in Australia in the 80’s, that I remembered the book and my desire to know more about computers. Since then I have seen the growth of the industry from the days of mainframes and minicomputers to today’s personal computers and the internet. Funny enough, I set up the first IBM PC sold in Rotorua! However my first love was always electronics.

After 23 years owning and managing a computer company, I sold up and took a giant leap of faith, moving to Wellington to study at Victoria University for five years. Besides learning a lot about modern computing and electronics, I had the wonderful experience of studying alongside some amazingly bright lecturers and incredibly enthusiastic young kids. I feel blessed. My dreams of a university education had come true and I can now use all my experience and knowledge to design cutting edge medical electronics.

For my Masters’ Thesis I examined a number of mathematical processes that could be used to analyse the ECG waveform of the human heart for identifying cardiac arrhythmia. To do this, sophisticated algorithms were developed to detect Atrial Fibrillation and other more dangerous arrhythmia. I was very fortunate to have A. Prof. Paul Teal as research supervisor. His in-depth mathematical knowledge was indispensable in understanding the necessary DSP techniques required to achieve research objectives. The result is a miniature, advanced ECG monitor that is now being commercialised.”