Peter Jacobs

Peter Jacobs, Ph.D.

Phone: 503 494-3870

Current Appointment
Assistant Professor

Center for Health and Healing
Mail code: CH13B
3303 SW Bond Avenue, Rm #13039
Portland, OR 97239

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Oregon Health & Science University, 2010
M.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1998
B.S., Engineering, Swarthmore College, 1995

Research Areas

Dr. Jacobs received his Ph.D. in 2010 in Electrical Engineering from the Oregon Health & Science University Division of Biomedical Engineering where he worked with Eric Wan and Dawn Konrad-Martin. The title of his dissertation is “Inference of physiologic processes using otoacoustic emissions.” He received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College in 1995 and his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1998. He has prior industry experience helping to start Dexcom Inc. and iSense Corporation (now owned by Bayer Corp) and is a founder in several other companies. He is also currently a research investigator at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the Portland VA Medical Center.

Research Interests
Dr. Jacobs’ research interests fit generally within three categories: (1) ubiquitous computing for delivering home-based health care solutions, (2) hearing science, specifically hearing aid signal processing and use of otoacoustic emissions for hearing diagnostics, and (3) medical device development geared primarily towards diabetes and sensory loss.


Selected Journal Articles

  • Gilligan, B.J., Shults M., Rhodes, B., Jacobs, P.G., Brauker, J.H., Pintar, T.J., Updike, S.J. “Feasibility of continuous long term glucose monitoring from a subcutaneous glucose sensor in humans”. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics. 2004;6(3)378-386.
  • Saunders, G., Forsline, A., Jacobs, P.G.. “The Attitudes towards Loss of Hearing Questionnaire (ALHQ): A comparison of paper and electronic formats”. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 18(1), pp 66-77, 2007.
  • Dille, M., McMillan, G., Reavis, K., Jacobs, P., Fausti, S.A., Konrad-Martin, D. “Ototoxicity risk assessment combining distortion product otoacoustic emissions with a cisplatin dose model”. J Acoust Soc Am. 128(3), pp 1163-1174, 2010.
  • El Youssef, J., Castle, J.R., Branigan, D.L., Massoud, R.G., Breen, M.E., Jacobs, P.G., Bequette, B.W., Ward, W.K. “A controlled study of the effectiveness of an adaptive closed-loop algorithm to minimize corticosteroid-induced stress hyperglycemia in type 1 diabetes”, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 5(6), pp. 1312-1326, Nov. 2011.
  • Jacobs, P.G., Konrad-Martin, D., Mcmillan, G.P., McDermott, D., Kagen, D., Fausti, S.A., and Wan, E.A., “Influence of acute hyperglycemia on otoacoustic emissions and the medial olivocochlear reflex”, J Acoust Soc Am., 131(2), pp. 1296-1306, 2012.
  • Jacobs, P.G., Silaski, G., Wilmington, D., Gordon, S., Helt, W., McMillan, G., Fausti, S. A., Dille, M., “Development and evaluation of a portable audiometer for high frequency screening of hearing loss from ototoxicity in homes/clinics”, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, in press 2012.

Book Chapter
  • Jacobs, P.G. “Remote assessment of health in older and frail adults living independently through mobility assessment” In Telehealthcare Computing and Engineering: Principles and Design, by Fei Hu, Science Publishers, In press 2012.

Peer Reviewed Conference Articles
  • Jacobs P.G., Wan E.A., Konrad-Martin D. On correlating otoacoustic emissions with blood glucose levels. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2008. 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Vancouver, BC, August 20-25, 2008, pp 4704-4707.
  • Jacobs, P.G., Paul, A. Wan E.A. EmbedRF Position Tracking and Mobility Assessment System: A Low-power and Low-cost System for Indoor Pedestrian Tracking and Mobility Assessment. The Institute of Navigation GNSS 2011, Portland OR, September 2011, pp. 1409-1506.
  • Paul, A. Wan E.A., Jacobs, P.G. Sigma-point Kalman Smoothing for Indoor Tracking and Auto-calibration Using Time-of-flight Ranging. The Institute of Navigation GNSS 2011, Portland Oregon, September 2011, pp. 3461-3469.
  • Jacobs, P.G. El Youssef, J., Castle, J.R., Engle, J.M., Branigan, D.L., Johnson, P., Massoud, R., Kamath, A., Ward, W.K. Development of a fully automated closed loop artificial pancreas control system with dual pump delivery of insulin and glucagon. 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Boston, MA, August 29-September 2 2011, pp. 397-400.
  • Wan, E.A., Paul, A.S., Jacobs, P.G., “Tag-free RSSI indoor localization”, Institute of Navigation (ION), Technical Meeting, Newport Beach, CA, January 30-February 1, 2012.


  • (2003) U.S. Patent #6,558,321 “Systems and methods for remote monitoring and modulation of medical devices”.
  • (2006) U.S. Patent Pending (Application number: 12/294,558): “Method and Device for Non-Invasive Analyte Measurement”. Patent Filed April 2006.
  • (2011) U.S. Patent #7,976,466 “Use of Multiple Data Points and Filtering in an Analyte Sensor.”
  • (2011) U.S. Patent Pending (Provisional filed): “Design of a dual-use catheter usable for amperometric glucose sensing and hormone delivery”, November 2011.
  • (2012) U.S. Patent Pending (Application number: 61/445,619): “Position tracking and mobility assessment system” Patent Filed February 2012.