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BANs 2016 : IEEE Access Journal -- Special Section on Body Area Networks for Interdisciplinary Research


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Submission Deadline Jan 30, 2016

Call For Papers


Special Section in IEEE Access
Body Area Networks for Interdisciplinary Research

Submission Deadline: January 30, 2016

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of "Body Area Networks for Interdisciplinary Research"

Recent advancements in integrated circuits, wireless communication, and MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) technology has enabled low power, nano-technology sensor nodes strategically deployed on the human body to be used by different applications, such as health monitoring. This new area of research is known as Body Area Networks (BAN). BAN applications cover a wide area such as sports, entertainment, military, ubiquitous health care, and many other areas. BAN has multiple opportunities of interdisciplinary research where researchers from different areas of science and technology jointly put their efforts to improve the human body monitoring and performance. Due to these joint efforts, BAN is now evolving into Body Area Nano Networks (BANNs). The BANNs are further extended with Internet of Nano Things and Internet of Bio-Nano Things technologies.

The objective of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to showcase the most recent advances in interdisciplinary research areas encompassing BAN. This Special Section will bring together researchers from diverse fields and specializations, such as communications engineering, computer science, electrical, and electronics engineering, educators, mathematicians, medical, and specialists in areas related to BAN. We invite researchers from academia, industry, and government to discuss challenging ideas, novel research contributions, demonstration results, and standardization efforts on the BAN and related areas.

The list of topics includes, but is not limited to:

Body Area Networks
Context and situation awareness
Sensory augmentation
Motion detection and activity recognition
E-Health systems and electronic medical records
Hardware architecture and implementation
Medical imaging and patient diagnostic systems
Human body communication
International standards and regulatory matters
Physiological parameters, measurements
Communication Architecture of BANs (Intra-BAN, Inter-BAN, Beyond-BAN)
BAN addressing and routing protocols
MAC Layer protocols for BANs
Cross layer routing protocols for BANs
Radio technologies for BANs, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Ultra-wideband, etc.
Radio coexistence and robustness
Various kinds of BANs
Signal/information processing and communication models for BANs
BAN architectures and protocols
Power-efficient communications
Wireless energy transfer
Sensing and actuation in BANs
Software engineering and systems engineering for BANs
Modeling, simulations and empirical experiments
Design and performance issues
Tools, testbeds and deployment issues
Standardization of BANs
Delay-tolerance, fault-tolerance and reliability in BANs

Body Area Networks Applications
Pervasive health care and patient monitoring
Ambient assisted living
Tele-medicine systems
Wearable health monitoring
Aiding professional and amateur sports training
New medical diagnostics and treatments
Real time streaming
Entertainment applications
Emergency (non-medical)

Cloud Computing and BANs
Cloud-based BAN healthcare solutions
Healthcare based cloud deployment models
Offloading and networking in healthcare using cloud
Cloud governance in health environments
Tools and technologies in BANs, pervasive and sensor technologies that make use of cloud facilities
Cloud-based usage analytics /event management
Mobility challenges in implementing BAN integrated mobile cloud systems
Image Processing techniques to securely transmit the BAN data to cloud
Encrypted storage of healthcare related BAN data in cloud
Access controls, roles, and application-based access to cloud specific records

Security and Privacy for BANs
Security and trust establishment for BANs
Lightweight privacy preserving protocol design for data sensing, transmission and processing
Physical layer security in BANs
Cross layer design for security, privacy and trust in BANs
Biometrics security for BANs
Security threats/ attacks and their mitigations in BAN
Theoretical security design using game theory or information theory
Body Area Nano Networks (BANNs)
Intra-body channel modeling and capacity analysis
Modulation and channel coding
Routing and MAC Protocols for BANNs
Mathematical modeling of biochemical, and/or electrochemical processes
Neuronal communication network analysis
Noise analysis in action potential propagation
Computer simulation of neuronal networks
Nanoscale neuronal interfaces
Nano-device and nano-antennas design for BANNs
Nanomaterial- and metamaterial-based nano-antennas for BANNs
Nano-antenna arrays for BANNs
Signal generators & detectors for BANNs
Modulators & demodulators for BANNs
Nano-processors and nano-memories, filters & amplifiers for BANNs
Nano-batteries and energy harvesting
Nano-sensors and electromagnetic nanoparticles
Applications of BANNs
Nano-sensing for health monitoring
Human life enhancement
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) analysis for BANNs
Application case studies and testbeds

BAN integrated Internet of Bio-Nano Things (IoBNTs)
Molecular communication enabled BAN integrated IoBNTs
Channel modeling for molecular communication, including open and fluidic environments and intra-/inter-cellular propagation
Information theory for nanoscale communication networks of BAN integrated IoBNTs
Communication theoretical approaches for BAN integrated IoBNTs
Deployment and topology management in BAN integrated IoBNTs
Network architecture and protocols for BAN integrated IoBNTs
Experiments, implementation, and testbeds for BAN integrated IoBNTs
Interfaces among BAN integrated nanoscale communication networks
Energy efficiency in BAN integrated nanoscale communication networks
Nano-computing paradigms, including neuromorphic computing, DNA and molecular computing, membrane computing and quantum computing
Security and trust establishment for BAN integrated IoBNTs

* Mubashir Husain Rehmani, Associate Editor and Lead Guest Editor
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan

* Ejaz Ahmed
University of Malaya, Malaysia

* Samee U. Khan
North Dakota State University, USA

* Milena Radenkovic
University of Nottingham, UK

IEEE Access Editor in Chief: Michael Pecht,
Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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Mubashir Husain Rehmani
Editor, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Associate Editor, IEEE Communications Magazine
Associate Editor, IEEE Access
Associate Editor, Elsevier CAEE and JNCA Journals
Associate Editor, Springer Wireless Networks
Associate Editor, AHSWN Journal and JCN Journal
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Wah Cantt, Pakistan
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