Wireless Body Area Networks

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Wireless Body Area Networks.

This Special Section collects extended versions of the best-ranked papers presented in Bodynets 2018 Conference in Oulu, Finland. In addition, other researchers are encouraged to submit their recent research work for possible publication in the Special Section.

Wearable devices and wireless communications combined with a personalized health management are the future trends of healthcare practices and procedures. To make this progress happen, new technologies and methods are required to provide reliable measuring, end-to-end communications and data analysis mechanisms from the data source to medical health records. Wireless body area networks (WBAN) are one major element in this process. Not limited to only on-body WBAN devices but also benefiting technologies which can distribute vital information inside a human body, or allow control of implantable devices are also  the main focus of this Special Section. Dependable wireless communications combined with versatile application areas, such as accurate localization or behavior analysis techniques, remote monitoring, adoption of vital sensors and actuators, etc. can benefit the increased use of new WBAN technologies in various healthcare related studies. Eventually, this will make the healthcare processes more effective and user friendly, and simultaneously increase the safety of (out)patients.

This Special Section in IEEE Access focuses on various theoretical and experimental views on the WBAN applications, technologies, implementations and utilizations based on the extended versions of the best-evaluated papers from Bodynets 2018. Articles should be extended versions of the 2018 Bodynets Conference articles since only 35% overlap is allowed. Original and new research articles are also welcome.

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

  • In-, on- and off-body communications and networking
  • Wearable computing
  • Embedded devices
  • Medical applications
  • WBAN radio channel modeling
  • WBAN antennas
  • Security aspects of WBAN or security for medical ICT
  • Experimentations of WBAN technologies and services
  • Utilization of WBAN in general

We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.


Associate Editor: Matti Hämäläinen, University of Oulu, Finland.

Guest Editors:

  1. Daizuke Anzai, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  2. Giancarlo Fortino, University of Calabria, Italy
  3. Jari Iinatti, University of Oulu, Finland
  4. Lorenzo Mucchi, University of Florence, Italy
  5. Carlos Pomalaza-Raez, Purdue University, USA


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Wearable and Implantable Devices and Systems
  2. Advanced Information Sensing and Learning Technologies for Data-centric Smart Health Applications
  3. Trends, Perspectives and Prospects of Machine Learning Applied to Biomedical Systems in Internet of Medical Things

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

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact:  matti.hamalainen@oulu.fi