Advances in WBAN, Internet of Things for Healthcare Applications, and In-Body Communications

A special issue of Telecom (ISSN 2673-4001).

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1. Centre for Wireless Communications, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2. Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Interests: biomedical engineering; IoT for healthcare applications; in-body communications; in-body propagation; on-body propagation; off-body propagation; medical implant communications; medical monitoring and diagnosis; wireless body area networks

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Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Interests: radio channel modeling; UWB systems; wireless sensor and body area networks; medical ICT
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Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Interests: design and analysis of wideband antennas, wideband multi-mode and full-duplex antennas, and antenna arrays, including millimeter waves

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Microelectronics Research Unit, University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
Interests: electronics materials; RF components; antennas; telecommunication hardware; microelectronics packaging

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Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan
Interests: biomedical communication systems and localization systems in wireless communications networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interest in advanced healthcare systems has increased significantly, motivated partially by their potential to address widely recognized challenges related to the loaded healthcare in growing cities, aging population, and equality in rural area healthcare. Several significant prospects together with related requirements, such as high quality of service, enabled mobility, reliability, safety, and security, have motivated intensive research on wireless body area networks (WBANs) and the Internet of Things (IoT) in general for healthcare applications. Active research has especially been carried out in on- and in-body communications.

This Special Issue invites submissions of high-quality unpublished research articles on the recent advances of WBAN, IoT for healthcare, and in-body communications. We welcome for submission of theoretical or experimental studies as well as review articles.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Antenna design and simulation methods;
  • Propagation and channel modeling;
  • Materials and device fabrication methods;
  • Transceiver design and performance evaluations;
  • In-body and intra-body communications;
  • Network architectures;
  • Security;
  • Standardization;
  • Experimentation and RF measurement methods;
  • Wearable computing;
  • EMC on wearable/in-body/intra-body communication systems;
  • Localization for medical implants.

Dr. Mariella Särestöniemi
Dr. Matti Hämäläinen
Dr. Marko Sonkki
Dr. Sami Myllymäki
Dr. Daisuke Anzai
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Keywords

  • implant communication
  • implant localization
  • Internet of Things for healthcare
  • Internet of Medical Things
  • antennas and propagation
  • materials
  • network architectures
  • radio channel modeling
  • security
  • standardization
  • in-body communications

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Wearable Flexible Antenna for UWB On-Body and Implant Communications
by Mariella Särestöniemi, Marko Sonkki, Sami Myllymäki and Carlos Pomalaza-Raez
Telecom 2021, 2(3), 285-301; https://doi.org/10.3390/telecom2030019 - 06 Sep 2021
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Abstract
This paper describes the development and evaluation of an on-body flexible antenna designed for an in-body application, as well as on-body communications at ISM and UWB frequency bands. The evaluation is performed via electromagnetic simulations using the Dassault Simulia CST Studio Suite. A [...] Read more.
This paper describes the development and evaluation of an on-body flexible antenna designed for an in-body application, as well as on-body communications at ISM and UWB frequency bands. The evaluation is performed via electromagnetic simulations using the Dassault Simulia CST Studio Suite. A planar tissue layer model, as well as a human voxel model from the human abdominal area, are used to study the antenna characteristics next to human tissues. Power flow analysis is presented to understand the power flow on the body surface as well as within the tissues. Simulation results show that this wearable flexible antenna is suitable for in-body communications in the intestinal area, e.g., for capsule endoscopy, in the industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) band and at lower ultra-wideband (UWB). At higher frequencies, the antenna is suitable for on-body communications as well as in-body communications with lower propagation depth requirements. Additionally, an antenna prototype has been prepared and the antenna performance is verified with several on-body measurements. The measurement results show a good match with the simulation results. The novelty of the proposed antenna is a compact size and the flexible substrate material, which makes it feasible and practical for several different medical diagnosis and monitoring applications. Full article
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