6th International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management 2013


Medical Implants and Wireless Body Area Networks for Health Monitoring and Treatment

Prof. Eryk Dutkiewicz
Macquarie University WiMed Research Centre and Department of Engineering
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia


There is great interest in using emerging wireless technologies to support remote patient monitoring in an unobtrusive, reliable and cost effective manner thereby providing personalized sustainable services to patients. Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs) is one such emerging technology that has the potential to significantly improve health care delivery, diagnostic monitoring, disease-tracking and related medical procedures. MBANs need to provide highly reliable and low power communications for medical devices, especially those implanted in the human body. In this presentation we provide an overview of research activities around the world aiming into MBANs and associated technologies. We also describe our research into MBANS that focuses on medical implant applications. This research covers interference mitigation, channel modeling, medium access control protocols and experimental platforms development. Effective radio interference mitigation is crucial to achieving highly reliable and low power operation for implant communications. Interference can be caused by legacy systems that operate in the same frequency bands or by other MBANs operating at the same frequency and in the same location. Radio interference issues must be therefore well understood and interference mitigation algorithms and techniques must be effectively supported by emerging protocols. Our research in this area includes investigation of interference mitigation methods based on game theoretic approaches. An experimental platform for in-body applications in the 400 MHz MICS band has also been developed and used for channel measurements and modeling. An UWB experimental platform for in-body applications is currently under development to provide a highly-reconfigurable and power efficient operation.


Professor Eryk Dutkiewicz has over 25 years of industrial and academic research experience. He obtained his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1988, his Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1992 and his PhD (Telecommunications) from the University of Wollongong, Australia in 1996. He has conducted research and development with network operators and equipment manufacturing companies. He began his research career at OTC R&D Laboratories in Sydney in 1988 working on pioneering broadband networking technologies. From 1999 to 2004 he worked at Motorola Laboratories in Sydney where he managed a wireless research laboratory. During that time he was also deeply involved in the development of various wireless standards, including those for the popular WiFi technology. Since returning to academia in 2004 he has worked closely with industry partners including Motorola, Agere Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, Intel, Zarlink and CSIRO on projects involving wireless sensor networks, mesh networks, ultra-wideband technologies, 4G mobile communications networks and medical wireless body area networks. He joined Macquarie University in 2008 as a Professor of Wireless Communications and established the Wireless Communications and Networking Laboratory (http://web.science.mq.edu.au/groups/wireless). The focus of the Laboratory is on developing wireless technologies for novel medical applications and future generation of mobile communications systems. He is also the Director of the newly established Macquarie University WiMed Research Centre (http://www.mq.edu.au/wimed).

Prof. Dutkiewicz keeps close research collaboration links with several premier institutions around the world including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He has held visiting professorial appointments at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, City University of Hong Kong and Coventry University in the UK. He is an author of over 160 research papers and several book chapters. His professional activities in recent years included participation and development of IEEE standards in the USA – IEEE 802.11, 802.15.4, 802.15.6, General Chair of 7th and 12th International Symposium on Communications and Information Technologies (ISCIT 2007 and ISCIT2012), Editorial Board Member of PHYCOM Physical Communication Journal (Elsevier), member of various International Steering Committees including IEEE TENCON 2008 and 2012 and TPC member on numerous IEEE conferences. www.mq.edu.au/wimed