Seminar - 2016/10/13 - Intra-body sensor networks

Seminar – 2016/10/13 – Intra-body sensor networks

Seminar - 2016/10/13 - Intra-body sensor networks


Intra-body sensor networks

Seminar language:



Anna Vizziello, PhD
Telecommunications & Remote Sensing Laboratory
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
University of Pavia



Communication among implanted sensors will play a crucial role in future healthcare by improving the quality of human life. Its ability to access body sites noninvasively will have a tremendous impact in medical diagnostics and treatment with several applications in personalized medicine and proactive drug delivery. On this purpose, data communication between the implants through the body tissues is required and, since conventional radio frequency waves are strongly attenuated inside the body, new communication paradigms are required to save energy.

Exploiting the conductivity properties of the tissue, galvanically coupled weak electrical currents can be used in place of over the air RF waves to connect the implants with great energy savings for data transmission within tissues.

This seminar will cover the latest findings of this new communication paradigm, including the channel model, energy efficient communication solutions for implants, experimental setup and applications.


Anna Vizziello is a Post Doc researcher in the Telecommunication & Remote Sensing Laboratory at University of Pavia, Italy. She received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electronics and Computer Science from the University of Pavia, in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

She has been a visiting researcher at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts in 2016 and 2011, at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia in 2009 and 2010, and at Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain in 2009 and 2010. From 2007 to 2009 she was working as researcher at European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE) in the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing group.

She has been selected as expert by the European Commission (EC), and since January 2013 she collaborates with the EC as referee for the peer evaluation process of proposals. Her research interests includes Wireless Sensor Networks, Cognitive Radio Networks, 5G Radio Technologies, Intra-Body Networks.