Infotech Lecture Series: From Body Area Networks (BAN) to SmartBAN and HealthIoT and beyond

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lecturer: Professor John R Farserotu, CSEM, Switzerland

Time: 10:15-11:00

Venue: TS 128

 

Abstract:

As the world’s population ages, the need for solutions that help people live longer at home and with a better quality of life increases.

Body Area Networks (BAN) are attracting growing attention as a solution for supporting services in medical, healthcare and other fields employing wearable sensor devices requiring low power, short range wireless communication.

At the same time, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly emerging. The number of connected devices is growing exponentially and expected to reach in the 10s of billions by 2020. More and more, our devices are connected, including personal and body sensor devices, opening the door for new opportunities and also raising new challenges.

Solutions may be used at home, in the hospital or on the move 24/7. Devices may be wearable or implantable. BANs may interact with other BANs or IoT devices in our environment. We may form user communities for sharing data and collaborating. At the same time, our BAN devices must co-exist with a multitude of devices in the IoT. Information exchange must be dependable, secure and trusted. Interoperability and coexistence must be ensured across heterogeneous networks. New demands are placed on standards

The focus of this presentation is on BAN and Healthy IoT. We will examine the status today, applications and services, present standards and solutions, issues and limitations of BAN today towards ETSI SmartBAN and beyond.

 

Short Bio of the Lecturer:

Dr. John Farserotu - John Farserotu is Head of the Wireless Program at CSEM. His research interests and expertise include wireless communication, Body Area Networks (BAN), ultra wideband (UWB) and localization. Dr. Farserotu received his PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the Telecommunication and Traffic Control Systems Group, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands in 1998, his M.S.E.E from the George Washington University, in Communications Engineering in 1985 and his B.S.E.E from the University of Maryland in 1983. Dr. Farserotu has authored or co-authored over 50 publications in major journals and conferences. He is co-author of a book on Mobile Satellite over IP/ATM Networks and he teaches a course on this subject at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). Dr. Farserotu is the Vice-Chair and Research Co-ordinator of the HERMES Partnership, a network of leading European R&D centers in the field of wireless and mobile communication bringing together over 1000 engineers and scientists. He is the acting-Chair of ETSI Project eHealth (EP eHealth) and was active in the IEEE802.15 Task Group 6 (BAN). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Wireless Personal Communications journal, and has served on the programme and organising committees of major international conferences in wireless and mobile communication including co General Chair of the International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology 2011 (ISMICT 2011) held in Montreux, Switzerland.

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