The introduction of wireless communications in medical devices has grown up substantially in the last years. This has allowed medical devices to monitor important physiological parameters of the human body and send these data to a remote node to be post-processed for health purposes. However, although a vast variety of body devices have been proposed so far, they can be classified in two main groups: wearable devices for control some important parameters such us blood pressure or heart rate (typically known as on-body devices); or implanted devices for inspection or measuring parameters from the inner organs (known as in-body devices). In both scenarios, the human body plays an essential role due to their particular electromagnetic properties. Such properties impact on different aspects of wireless communications: antenna designs, radio channel modelling, standardization and so on.

This workshop aims at surveying recent advances in wireless communications in the framework of wireless communications at the human body (on-body and in-body) covering aspects such us: simulation, testing, frequency bands, channel model, propagation or the electromagnetic emulation of the human body and others.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  •  Antennas for body area applications: wearables & implants
  • Channel modelling & propagation studies in the environment of the body: in-body/on-body/out-of-the-body
  • Experimental & theoretical propagation analysis for body applications
  •  Implanted devices
  •  Electromagnetic characterization of the human body
  •  Wireless Capsule endoscopy
  •  SAR evaluation & measurements
  •  Localization in body area networks
  •  Localization and tracking of in-body devices
  •  Interferences between medical devices & others
  •  Standardization for body area networks.
  •  Internet of Things (IoT) for healthcare applications
  •  Body-to-body wireless communications
  •  Wireless sensor networks

WIBCOMM workshop is a workshop jointly organized between members from IRACON COST CA15104 (http://www.iracon.org/) action and the H2020 WIBEC project (http://wibec.eu). In this sense, WIBCOMM workshop aims at being a meeting point for the exchange of knowledge between researchers from different scientific networks and research fields.