[ Research ]

Since 1960's obstetricians have been using cardiotocography (CTG) to detect ongoing hypoxia of the fetus. CTG consists of fetal heart rate (fHR) and uterine contractions (TOCO) signals. The evaluation of the fHR in clinical settings is ruled by FIGO guidelines based on evaluation of macroscopic morphological features derived from the fHR, such as baseline variability and its relation to the TOCO. Although upgrades to the guidelines were proposed - none of them is taking into account results achieved within the adult heart rate variability (HRV) research.

In our current work we focus on:



  • 2014-2016 Grant of Grant Agency of the Czech Republic no.: 14-28462P entitled “Statistical signal processing of intrapartum CTG in the context of clinical information”
  • 2010-2015 Grant of Ministry of Healthcare of the Czech Republic - Cardiotocography evaluation by means of artificial intelligence (together with University Hospital, Brno).
  • Past

  • 2010-2013 Eniac-MAS; EU project where one part of the project is mCTG – Mobile CardioTocoGraphy – telemedicine application for risk pregnancies at home. (Cooperation with Siemens Austria, Medical University Graz, Austria).
  • Grant of Ministry of Education and Sport of the Czech Republic: Intelligent System for Automatic CardioTocoGraphic Data Analysis and Evaluation using State of the Art Computational Intelligence Techniques (together with TEI of Epirus, Greece)