Special Issue "Sensors and Nano-sensors Technologies for Health-Care Applications"

Submission Deadline: 01 March 2021 (closed)
Guest Editors
Dr. Ahmed Alkhayyat, The Islamic University, Iraq
Dr. Qammer H. Abbasi, University of Glasgow, UK
Dr. Akram Alomainy, University of London, UK


Millions of people die from cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s, asthma, obesity, diabetes and many more chronic or fatal diseases every year. The common problem with all current fatal diseases is that many people experience the symptoms and have disease diagnosed when it is too late Research has shown that most diseases can be prevented if they are detected in their early stages. Therefore, future health care systems should provide proactive wellness management and concentrate on early detection and prevention of diseases. One key solution to more affordable and proactive health care systems is through wearable or implantable sensors capable of early detection of abnormal conditions resulting in major improvements in the quality of life. In addition, the advances in the fields of smart materials, sensors, low power electronics and power harvesting, as with in information and communication technology has stimulated the application of these technologies in medical and healthcare domains. Sensors and Nano-sensors are speedily becoming technologies of choice across diverse areas. They offer effective and affordable options for detecting and measuring vital signs, chemical and physical properties on the human bodies and in difficult-to-reach biological and industrial systems operating at the nanoscale.


In this Special Issue, we seek original research papers or review papers about recent results in designing and evaluating protocols as well as techniques for Sensors and Nano-sensors technologies for Health-Care Applications. In particular, we look for contributions on body area sensors and nano-sensor networks.

• Remote body monitoring (in/out hospital)
• Intelligent sensing technologies in IoT heath-based systems
• Cloud and Fog Computing in IoT heath-based systems
• Soft-ware define network (SDN) in IoT heath-based systems
• MAC protocol design for sensors and nano-sensors networks
• Routing protocol design aspect for sensors and nano-sensors networks
• Efficient power and modulation technique for sensors and nano-sensors networks
• Smart, Secure and Sustainable for the health-care system
• RF Antenna Design for nano-scale sensors and traditional scale sensors in health-care based system
• State of art on IoT heath-based systems, nano-sensors network, and sensor network of health-care based system

Published Papers
  • An IoT-Aware System for Managing Patients’ Waiting Time Using Bluetooth Low-Energy Technology
  • Abstract It is a common observation that whenever patients arrives at the front desk of a hospital, outpatient clinic, or other health-associated centers, they have to first queue up in a line and wait to fill in their registration form to get admitted. The long waiting time without any status updates is the most common complaint, concerning health officials. In this paper, UrNext, a location-aware mobile-based solution using Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) technology is presented to solve the problem. Recently, a technology-oriented method, the Internet of Things (IoT), has been gaining popularity in helping to solve some of the healthcare sector’s problems.… More
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  • Recent Techniques for Harvesting Energy from the Human Body
  • Abstract The human body contains a near-infinite supply of energy in chemical, thermal, and mechanical forms. However, the majority of implantable and wearable devices are still operated by batteries, whose insufficient capacity and large size limit their lifespan and increase the risk of hazardous material leakage. Such energy can be used to exceed the battery power limits of implantable and wearable devices. Moreover, novel materials and fabrication methods can be used to create various medical therapies and life-enhancing technologies. This review paper focuses on energy-harvesting technologies used in medical and health applications, primarily power collectors from the human body. Current approaches… More
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  • Optimization of Bio-Implantable Power Transmission Efficiency Based on Input Impedance
  • Abstract Recently, the inductive coupling link is the most robust method for powering implanted biomedical devices, such as micro-system stimulators, cochlear implants, and retinal implants. This research provides a novel theoretical and mathematical analysis to optimize the inductive coupling link efficiency driven by efficient proposed class-E power amplifiers using high and optimum input impedance. The design of the coupling link is based on two pairs of aligned, single-layer, planar spiral circular coils with a proposed geometric dimension, operating at a resonant frequency of 13.56 MHz. Both transmitter and receiver coils are small in size. Implanted device resistance varies from 200 Ω… More
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  • A Novel IoT Application Recommendation System Using Metaheuristic Multi-Criteria Analysis
  • Abstract There are a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) applications that cover different aspects of daily life. Each of these applications has different criteria and sub-criteria, making it difficult for the user to choose. This requires an automated approach to select IoT applications by considering criteria. This paper presents a novel recommendation system for presenting applications on the IoT. First, using the analytic hierarchy process (AHP), a multi-layer architecture of the criteria and sub-criteria in IoT applications is presented. This architecture is used to evaluate and rank IoT applications. As a result, finding the weight of the criteria and sub-criteria… More
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  • Comparative Design and Study of A 60 GHz Antenna for Body-Centric Wireless Communications
  • Abstract In this paper performance of three different designs of a 60 GHz high gain antenna for body-centric communication has been evaluated. The basic structure of the antenna is a slotted patch consisting of a rectangular ring radiator with passive radiators inside. The variation of the design was done by changing the shape of these passive radiators. For free space performance, two types of excitations were used—waveguide port and a coaxial probe. The coaxial probe significantly improved both the bandwidth and radiation efficiency. The center frequency of all the designs was close to 60 GHz with a bandwidth of more than… More
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