Special Issue "Emerging Wearable Sensor Technology in Healthcare"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: biomedical engineering; sensing technologies; soft sensors; motion capture; data fusion; biomechanics; rehabilitation; wearable sensors and technologies
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The increasing cost of healthcare, the progressive aging of the population, and the spread of chronic diseases is shaping a new healthcare system focused on the remote assistance of the person outside the hospital, tailored for a personalized disease management and aiming at stress-less health prevention methods and caring of the general wellbeing. Wearable sensors are undoubtedly the key elements of this new paradigm. One promising direction for the development of this new path is led by personal mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, which provide a widespread platform that cannot only manage a person-centered care, but also serve as a means of sensing.
Wearable sensors are still facing several challenges. Body-worn devices need to be adapted to the body of the user in order to provide a comfortable fit. Current wearables based on solid-state components are not suitable to adapt to the deformable nature of the human body. To solve this issue, emerging technologies should enable the development of soft, unobtrusive, compliant, and lightweight devices that have the potential to enable innovative mobile health applications.
Examples of such technology are e-textiles and flexible or stretchable devices that can employed for on-body, unobtrusive, and ambulatory biomedical parameter monitoring or patient treatment. By exploiting these emerging technologies, sensors and devices can be embedded in common objects such as clothes, with the potential to enable daily life monitoring systems and wearable and/or implantable devices for a wide range of applications: physiological sensing, human motion analysis, gait analysis, electrical stimulation, biomedical sensing, home-based rehabilitation, biofeedback, biochemical sensors, etc.
From the communication perspective, new devices that interact with the person and connect to the data collection hub are needed. This requires small and highly integrated RF systems. Especially, for the antenna design this often leads to demanding requirements on dimension, efficiency, and isolation from the body. Not only the communication part is relevant; the sensing part can be involved as well. Wireless radio frequency signal can also be exploited for sensing, and new sensor configurations can be offered by on-body as well as intra-body communications.
In this context, the purpose of this Special Issue is to connect researchers in the field of emerging wearable technologies for healthcare, to share their ideas and conceptual approaches, and to discuss the recent advances in this field, addressing innovative solutions, paradigms, and emerging issues.
Prof. Dr. Alessandro Tognetti
Prof. Dr. Simone Genovesi
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- unobtrusive monitoring of physiological and biomechanical parameters
- wearable sensors
- body area network
- on body communication
- intra-body communication
- skin electronic
- electromagnetic propagation
- antenna on body
- smart textiles
- smart materials
- flexible and stretchable biosensing
- implantable devices
- additive manufacturing
- printed sensors
- wireless sensors
- energy harvesting/scavenging
- data processing
- data fusion