Aims and scope
Modern technologies of microelectronics promise a tremendous impact in the field of healthcare. Miniaturization of electronic devices, together with progress in computer science, data science, and telecommunications, trigger new biomedical applications leading to a revolution in human medicine. Specific features of the upcoming progress are:
Personalization in the medical care with the individual needs and with the time evolving pathological configuration.
Unprecedented precision in the diagnostic. Continuous health monitoring can provide long-term information about the evolution of physiological indicators (e.g. blood pressure, pulse, insulin level, EKG, etc.). At the same time, minimally invasive diagnosis is getting more precise (e.g. oncology, etc.).
In-vivo implantable devices become a reality: not only they allow a permanent monitoring eventually associated with the necessary treatment (as, for example, a leadless pacemaker), but in the near future they can also accomplish a function of a missing or ill organ, such as eye, kidney, or even heart.
These progresses, usually designated by the term “e-medicine” or “e-health”, are mainly due to the evolution in the microelectronics and in the microtechnologies. The miniaturization of size of the devices and a reduction in the required power for operation are the key enablers for implantable and wearable biomedical devices. In addition, progress in the “internet of things” technologies and in the data processing allows a “big-data” assisted approach to the diagnosis and health monitoring, as well as a remote assistance to the persons having limited autonomy.
In connection with the first workshop of the Fédération d’Electronique of UPMC-Sorbonne/ISEP on the topic “Internet of things for biomedical applications” held the 10th of November 2016 in Paris (France), we invite a submission for a Special Issue of Microelectronics Journal on the topic with the same title. The Special Issue addresses today’s technical advances and challenges in the field of biomedical electronics enabled by the progress in miniaturization and microelectronic technologies. We invite papers presenting the latest examples of successful design, implementation and use of miniature electronic devices and systems in health care applications, and papers addressing technical challenges for future and futuristic applications of the e-health. We particularly welcome papers addressing different technical questions specific to implantable electronic: biocompatibility of the integrated circuits and systems, in-vivo sensoring integrated electronics, techniques for miniaturization and integration, autonomy (micro energy sources), security, privacy protection, etc.
Tentative authors are invited to submit unpublished works on topic from a wide range of applications and techniques of e-medicine, where electronics and microelectronics play a key role. This includes (but not limited):
Implantable electronics: integration of bio-interfaces, devices and sensors
Electronic devices, circuits and systems for non-invasive diagnosis
Radiofrequency devices, circuits and systems for e-medicine: data communications, diagnosis, monitoring
Energy autonomy of implantable biomedical devices
Internet of things for remote healthcare and health monitoring
Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication in Microelectronics Journal must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference/workshop papers must contain at least 40% new material to be considered for the special issue. All papers are to be submitted by referring to http://ees.elsevier.com/mej. During submission please select paper type “IoT-biomedical applications” under Manuscript Category. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines which can also be found on the website provided above. Papers will be reviewed following the journal standard review process.
First submission expected date: March 20 2017
Submission deadline: August 15, 2017
Acceptance deadline: March 15, 2018
Dimitri Galayko, Laboratory of Computer Science (LIP6), univ. UPMC-Sorbonne
Julien Sarrazin, Laboratory of Electronics and Electromagnetism L2E, univ. UPMC-Sorbonne