Focus Area: Implantable and Wearable Antennas

Body area networks (BAN) represent one of the fastest growing application domains in wireless communications. The growth in physiological sensors, low-power electronics and wireless communication in general has opened huge opportunities in this domain. Applications range from emergency communication in rescue teams to chronic disease patient monitoring, and new ideas appear every day. Body area networks can be classified in to On-Body communication, Off-Body communication and In-Body communication depending on the relative position of the transceivers of a specific link, leading to vey dives communication channels. Efficient communication in BAN relies on the availability of efficient antennas dedicated to this aim. These antennas need to be small in volume and are thus often also electrically small, but as they radiate in or in the vicinity of a lossy environment (the body), the classical limits, design rules and characterization techniques obtained for electrically small antennas cannot be used. In the frame of this working group area, address all domains related to BAN antennas, for instance:
  • Theoretical study of radiator embedded or close to a lossy medium
  • Design of wearable or implantable antennas
  • Co design of antennas with the channel in the frame of BANs
  • Diversity and MIMO in the frame of BANs
  • Correct characterization of antennas radiating completely or partially into a lossy medium
At the current stage, the focus area is an informal forum for exchanging information and ideas. We strive in the medium term to obtain funding in order to build scientific network, enabling the organization of workshops and exchanges between researchers of the participating groups.
Prof. Anja Skrivervik (EPFL, Switzerland)Anja Skrivervik