A New Wireless Frontier - In Vivo Communications and Networking

April 17, 2015
Speaker: Richard D. Gitlin, Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida


In vivo wireless communications and networking of biomedical devices has the potential of being a critical component in advancing health care delivery. Such systems offer the promise of improving the effectiveness of sophisticated cyberphysical biomedical systems. This presentation provides an overview of our research on characterizing the in vivo wireless channel and contrasting this channel with the familiar cellular and WLAN channels. Characterization of the in vivo channel is still in its infancy, but the importance of obtaining accurate channel models is essential to the design of efficient communication systems and network protocols to support advanced bio-medical applications. We describe our initial research on signal processing matched to the in vivo channel including "MIMO in vivo" and Cooperative Network Coding systems. We will also describe two of our experimental biomedical systems that focus on minimally invasive surgery and cardiology.

Speaker Bio

Richard D. Gitlin is a State of Florida World Class Scholar, Distinguished University Professor, and Agere Chair of EE at USF, NAE member, IEEE Life Fellow, Bell Labs Fellow, Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and co-recipient of the Thomas Edison Patent Award and the S.O. Rice Prize.

He was with Bell Labs for 32 years and retired as SVP for Communications and Networking Research and led R&D that resulted in many innovative products, including: co-invention of DSL, multimode CDMA, and wireless smart antennas ("MIMO").

Hosted by Xiaodong Wang.

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