Our mission is to improve the way we detect, measure and optimize breathing.
Founded in 2008, Breath Research has been on the frontline of research in respiratory acoustics, stretching the boundaries of how much we can learn about our breathing just from an audio sample.
Our passionate team of engineers, musicians, scientists and yoga/mediation experts have developed state-of-the-art algorithms that can capture and analyze breathing patterns, taking into account personalized unique breath signatures as they change over time.
Our research partners include the Mayo Clinic and the University of Wisconsin. The American Sports Medicine Journal published one of our papers on innovations in applying respiratory acoustics to exercise physiology.
We hold three patents for acoustic respiratory biofeedback and dynamic respiratory classification and tracking.
Founder / CEO
Nirinjan’s background is rooted in somatic-based therapies and cardiopulmonary testing.She founded BreathResearch after recovering from a serious illness in which attention and regulation of her breathing played a major role in her recovery. While working in an integrative medical clinic with patients desiring greater health and wellness as well as those with chronic disease, Nirinjan saw the need for an easy and accessible way to measure and improve breathing. Growing up as a musician, sound became a very intuitive choice as a way to capture, give feedback for and understand breathing patterns. Nirinjan began her research in 2005 and currently leads the BreathResearch team.
Chief Scientific Officer (Mayo Clinic)
Dr. Johnson has joint appointments at Mayo Clinic in Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine as well as in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Director of the Mayo Clinical Research Unit’s Energy Balance Core Laboratory and the Research Director of the Employee Wellness Center. Over the last 20 years Dr. Johnson has developed a world- class laboratory focused on clinical, environmental, occupational and applied physiology. Dr Johnson's research centers on interactions between the heart and the lungs under various conditions, such as hypoxia, high altitude and exercise, and in various populations, including aging populations and those with heart failure and lung disease.
Charalampos (Haris) has Master’s Degrees in Computer Engineering and Informatics, Signal and Image processing systems from (CEID & SIMPS) University of Patras, Greece and a Master’s degree in Sound and Music Computing from the Music Technology Group (MTG), Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, Spain. In the past, he has researched and designed audio processing algorithms for musically- oriented top-notch products, such as post- production, and synthesis related software. Haris has worked with BreathResearch since 2009 conducting research into audio analysis of breathing sounds and A.I- based breathing pattern analysis and characterization. He has designed and developed the signal analysis framework (Respiratory Acoustic Analyzer), which performs in- depth breath pattern and sound analysis for wellness and health purposes.
Panos received his Master’s Degrees in Computer Engineering and Informatics, Telecommunications and DSP from University of Patras, Greece and a Master’s degree in Sound and Music Computing from the Music Technology Group (MTG), Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, Spain. In the past, he has served as a research engineer in the MTG, collaborated with Device Machine (Paris) in audio plugin development (effects design) and was part of the Siemens Telecommunications R&D group in Athens. Panos has been with BreathResearch since 2010 conducting R&D on audio analysis of breathing sounds, pattern recognition and extraction of innovative respiratory metrics and descriptors for breath classification and evaluation. In addition, he has designed and developed BRI’s Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test Framework (CPET) analysis framework.
Panos is a long time open source contributor, whose code is used by in major companies and by individuals around the globe. His previous work includes developing solutions for companies building interactive museums and contractors optimize software used by Total & other oil companies. He specializes in interactive, highly optimized web programming with real-time effects, big data processing and backend handling. He has worked on the BreathResearch team for the last year, offering his expertise both in front and back end development and design.