Spring came with challenges and new developments for my project in PersonalizeAF!

Time has been running faster than I can follow up during this pandemic. April went by in the blink of an eye and here I am already a few days late for my post. This was a month for transitions: winter is finally leaving the Netherlands, the ESRs have concluded our courses of the second Personalize AF workshop, and I am moving to the next stage of my project. In this post I will talk a bit about these transitions and the next exciting steps for me!

I believe all ESRs will agree that the Personalize AF workshops are at least intense: we have lots of (very interesting) courses, which demand quite some time now that they are (sadly) done online. Nevertheless, we had to keep up with our works and with one of our important deadlines: the Computing in Cardiology abstract submission. Many of us ESRs, myself included, submitted abstracts to this conference despite our tight schedule, and I hope we all get accepted and can join our peers in Brno. We had lots of great online interactions between the ESRs, but I can’t wait to meet you all finally in person!

I also had an internal assessment of my PhD here in Maastricht to mark my transition to my 11th month (already!!) in PersonalizeAF, which was a great moment to look back on the progress we have made so far and on the amazing work environment I have here, despite the very annoying physical limitations of the pandemic.

I have been spending a lot of time looking at dots on a screen. The black ones in the recurrence plot, I mean

This assessment marked a change in my own project. So far, I have been focused mostly on learning a lot about modeling and getting data from our atrial model, and less on the actual signal processing of the signals we get from it. Now the tides are shifting, and it is time I start to explore a little bit more the AF data we get.

In particular, I am now applying recurrence analysis to the modeled signals, a technique that aims to detect repetitive patterns in AF data, which I am trying to associate with the presence and position of AF drivers. I am very excited to explore the outcome of these analyses and to share the results with all of you!

So far, May is being a month with lots of exciting work and new challenges, which as good a motivation as it gets! On top of that, life is coming back to the Netherlands with the terraces open and people going out more, so I hope I can get to safely explore a little bit more of the city of Maastricht. In the meantime, I will keep you posted about the developments of my project in our blog and social media , so be sure to follow us there!

See you soon!