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The future of wireless body area networks is the focus of a June 19-20 workshop at WPI
Date:6/8/2011

WORCESTER, Mass. Body Area Networks (BANs) are a new generation of highly localized wireless networks that are expected to support a wide variety of medical applications, from monitoring the functioning of implants, to tracking the health of senior citizens, to performing state-of-the-art endoscopic exams. But if this emerging technological area is to mature into a thriving industry, it will need a better definition of its scope and potential, and a clearer vision for its future.

On June 19-20, 2011, 40 leading experts and executives from academia, the health care and technology industries, and government will come together at an invitation-only workshop at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to try to define that scope and vision. The First Invitational Workshop on Body Area Network Technology and Applications is chaired by Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of WPI's Center for Wireless Information Network Studies (CWINS), and sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"We have invited these experts to WPI, not just to talk about the latest research in the field, but to thoughtfully discuss the field's future," Pahlavan said. "Our goal will be to arrive at a better vision for the innovative research and development that will need to be conductedand fundedto better pave the way for the emerging application of body area networks."

Workshop Highlights

  • Keynote address by John Hines, chief technologist for the NASA Ames Research Center. Among his accomplishments, he created the Astrobionics Integrated Program and Project Team, which develops next-generation wearable and in situ biomedical sensors, biotelemetry, and bioanalytic measurement systems for human spaceflight.

  • Keynote address by William Heetderks, director of extramural science programs for the National Institute of Biomedical Imagin
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Contact: Michael Dorsey
mwdorsey@wpi.edu
508-831-5609
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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