Energy Harvesting Technologies for Wearable and Implantable Devices

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Energy Harvesting Technologies for Wearable and Implantable Devices.

Implantable and wearable electronic devices can improve the quality of life as well as the life expectancy of many chronically ill patients, provided that certain biological signs can be accurately monitored. Thanks to advances in packaging and nanofabrication, it is now possible to embed various microelectronic and micromechanical sensors (such as gyroscopes, accelerometers and image sensors) into a small area on a flexible substrate and at a relatively low cost. Furthermore, these devices have been integrated with wireless communication technologies to enable the transmission of both signals and energy.  However, to ensure that these devices can truly improve a patient’s quality of life, new preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic devices that can provide hassle-free, long-term, continuous monitoring will need to be developed, which must rely on novel energy harvesting solutions that are non-obstructive to their wearer.  So far, research in the field has focussed on materials, new processing techniques and one-off devices. However, existing progress is not sufficient for future electronic devices to be useful in any new application and a great demand exists towards scaling up the research towards circuits and systems. A few interesting developments in this direction indicate that special attention should be given towards the design, simulation and modeling of energy harvesting techniques while keeping system integration and power management in mind.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel piezoelectric, thermoelectric and photovoltaic energy harvesting technologies that lead to enhanced efficiency and controllability under standard or varying working conditions
  • Novel control strategies for achieving maximum or optimum energy harvesting
  • Power management circuits for energy harvesters
  • Novel data driven techniques for optimizing and forecasting the amount of energy that can be harvested
  • Low-Power circuits and sensors
  • Flexible sensors, circuits and energy harvesters for wearables
  • Implantable electronics
  • Novel wireless power transfer and delivery techniques
  • Numerical and computational modeling techniques

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Associate Editor: Hadi Heidari, University of Glasgow, UK

Guest Editors:

    1. Mehmet Ozturk, North Carolina State University, USA
    2. Rami Ghannam,University of Glasgow, UK
    3. Law Man Kay, University of Macau, China
    4. Hamideh Khanbareh, University of Bath, UK
    5.  Abdul Halim Miah, University of Florida, USA


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Smart Health Sensing and Computational Intelligence: From Big Data to Big Impacts
  2. Neural Engineering Informatics
  3. Wearable and Implantable Devices and Systems

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

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