Wireless Sensor Networks in Medicine

Wireless Sensor Networks in Medicine

Responsible :

  • Tony O'Donovan

Wireless sensor networks are collections of autonomous devices (nodes) with computational, sensing and wireless communication capabilities. This research focuses on the use of wireless sensor networks in the area of medical informatics. Most wireless sensor network research involves networks of hundreds or thousands of nodes and the difficulties entailed with networks of this scale. This project on the other hand, is concerned with the issue of coordinating a small number of sensors to detect medical emergencies in a low latency manner, possibly coupled with actuators to mitigate the effects of the emergency condition. The main challenge is achieving close to 100% reliable communication and ensuring the system is robust enough for use as a medical device.

Mobile and Internet Systems Laboratory

Department of Computer Science, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork, Ireland.