Special Issue "Wearable Electronics"


A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. William Scanlon
The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen's University, Belfast, UK
Website: http://www.ecit.qub.ac.uk/Card/?name=w.scanlon
E-Mail: w.scanlon@qub.ac.uk
Interests: wireless networks; body-centric communications; radiowave propagation and channel characterisation; compact and wearable antennas; RFID; Secure localisation and tracking; telemedicine; wireless networked control systems; bioelectromagnetics

Guest Editor
Dr. Akram Alomainy
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary, University of London, London EI 4NS, UK
Website: http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~akram/
E-Mail: akram.alomainy@eecs.qmul.ac.uk
Interests: small and compact antennas; wearable antennas and radios; electromagnetism; EM for localisation and motion capture; body-centric wireless communication; healthcare ICT: radio prospective; smart cooperative networks: personal and body area concepts; wireless sensor network; cognitive radio

Guest Editor
Dr. Nick Timmons
Principal Investigator WiSAR Lab/ Lecturer, School of Engineering, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Ireland
Website: http://www.wisar.ie
E-Mail: nick.timmons@lyit.ie
Interests: wireless sensor networks; body area networks; low power communication protocols; wearable sensors; antennas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wireless communication is making inroads into every aspect of human life and it is becoming an integral part of our daily activities. Miniaturization of electronic devices and advanced research and development in body-worn hardware, embedded software, digital signal processing and biomedical engineering have made the concept of wearable electronics practically possible. Body-worn electronic units and devices can be immediately related to many different wireless technologies and they are closely affiliated to potential fourth generation systems; therefore making their prospective applications numerous. To ensure the efficient performance of such unique systems, the radio propagation channels and antenna systems need to be characterized and modeled for developing and designing competent and reliable communication systems with respect to different environments. Interactions between devices and humans and vice versa need to be further explored and analyzed. This is in addition to research work required in the domain of textile electronics and flexible materials necessary to realize such novel architectures.

Prof. Dr. William Scanlon
Dr. Akram Alomainy
Dr. Nick Timmons
Guest Editors


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  • e-textile
  • body-worn antennas
  • body-centric radio
  • wearable sensors
  • flexible electronics

Published Papers (4 papers)

Electronics 2014, 3(2), 221-233; doi:10.3390/electronics3020221
Received: 28 February 2014; in revised form: 27 March 2014 / Accepted: 31 March 2014 / Published: 8 April 2014
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Electronics 2014, 3(2), 205-220; doi:10.3390/electronics3020205
Received: 8 February 2014; in revised form: 12 March 2014 / Accepted: 19 March 2014 / Published: 3 April 2014
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Electronics 2014, 3(1), 87-110; doi:10.3390/electronics3010087
Received: 27 November 2013; in revised form: 19 February 2014 / Accepted: 19 February 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
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Electronics 2014, 3(1), 26-42; doi:10.3390/electronics3010026
Received: 20 November 2013; in revised form: 17 January 2014 / Accepted: 20 January 2014 / Published: 28 January 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Wearable Devices for Central Nervous System Monitoring
Gianpietro Favaro
R&D Micromed S.p.A., Italy
There are around 3 million people suffering from epilepsy in Europe. Many of them need to be monitored to exactly identify the brain region where the epilepsy sets, when surgery is the last chance. However, epileptic seizures happen without any warning or with weak trigger signals (under investigation) and sometimes the inter-ictal period, the time between two adjacent seizures, is very long. For this reason long EEG recordings must be done to capture these rare events: EEG must be recorded continuously for days and with many electrodes. Even if these recordings are made, generally, in hospitals the designers of these special recorders need to pay special attention to have the most comfortable and safe solution for the patient, to let her/him live as free as possible as the “waiting time” could be quite long. We need light and wearable EEG recorder. This is just an example of a practical challenges that a medical device engineer needs to face every day trying to have safer and better systems.

Type of Paper: Article
The Diabetes Assistant: a Smartphone-based System for Real-Time Control of Blood Glucose
Patrick Keith-Hynes
Center for Diabetes Technology, University of Virginia, USA
The Diabetes Assistant is a wireless smartphone-based "Artificial Pancreas" (AP) system consisting of an Android phone, an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Closed loop control and safety algorithms running on the smartphone receive data from the CGM and insulin pump and estimate the patient metabolic state and risk of hypo- and hyperglycemia in real time. The system automatically adjusts the insulin infusion rate, raises alarms as needed and transmits real-time de-identified data to a secure remote server. Over the past two years the DiAs system has been used in a series of outpatient closed-loop clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the European AP@Home project.

Last update: 28 February 2014

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