Prof. Dr. Akram Alomainy
Professor at Queen Mary University of London, UK
Title: Wearable Antennas and EM Solutions for Biomedical Applications from Body-centric to Nano-scale In-vivo Communications
Abstract: With the advent of commercial products, such as Google Glass, Samsung Galaxy Gear and the expected iWatch, body-centric communication has increasingly garnered the public attention and smoothly translated state-of-the-art research work into reality. With the development of nanotechnology, the idea of connecting nano-devices to conduct complicated tasks and communicate the information collected by these sesnors was a natural progression in order to complete the overall picture of a new generation of body-centric wireless networks. Connecting these nano-machines (or nano-devices) together in order for them to execute a useful function and deliver information between nano-nodes and ultimately interfacing to users or the outside world, the birth of nano-communication and networking was a necessity. Nano-scale communication is referred to the exchange of information at the nanoscale and it is the basis of any wired/wireless interconnection of nano-devices in a nano-network. The way the nano-devices communicate with each other has strong dependence on the way in which they are realised. In addition, the specific application of the nano-network determines the deployment of the nano-networks, thus constraining the choice on the particular type of nano-communication.
The talk will present development of reliable and comprehensive channel modelling, human tissue electric properties in the THz band and networking technologies to address the major challenges of the nano-scale electromagnetic channels needed for body-centric wireless nano-networks deployed in future healthcare applications. With the advancement of nano-scale machine fabrication and the deep understanding of molecular behaviour within the human body, future healthcare monitoring and feedback systems are expected to be comprehensive, efficient and ubiquitous hence coupling existing wireless wearable sensors and implantable units with nano-machines and networks.
Biography: Akram Alomainy received the M.Eng. degree in communication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering (specialized in antennas and radio propagation) from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), U.K., in July 2003 and July 2007, respectively. He joined the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, QMUL, in 2007, where he is an Associate Professor in the Antennas and Electromagnetics Research Group. He is a member of the Institute of Bioengineering and Centre for Intelligent Sensing at QMUL. His current research interests include small and compact antennas for wireless body area networks, radio propagation characterisation and modelling, antenna interactions with human body, computational electromagnetic, advanced antenna enhancement techniques for mobile and personal wireless communications, nano-scale networks and communications, THz material characterisation and communication links and advanced algorithm for smart and intelligent antenna and cognitive radio system. He has managed to secure various research projects funded by research councils, charities and industrial partners on projects ranging from fundamental electromagnetic to nano-scale wearable and in-vivo technologies. He is the lead of Wearable Creativity research at Queen Mary University of London and has been invited to participate at the Wearable Technology Show 2015, Innovate UK 2015 and also in the recent Wearable Challenge organised by Innovate UK IC Tomorrow as a leading challenge partner to support SMEs and industrial innovation. He has authored and co-authored two books, 6 book chapters and more than 250 technical papers (4100+ citations and H-index 32) in leading journals and peer-reviewed conferences.
Dr. Alomainy won the Isambard Brunel Kingdom Award, in 2011, for being an outstanding young science and engineering communicator. He was selected to deliver a TEDx talk about the science of electromagnetic and also participated in many public engagement initiatives and festivals. He is a Chartered Engineer, member of the IET, senior member of IEEE, fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and also a College Member for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research (EPSRC, UK) and its ICT prioritisation panels. He is also a reviewer for many funding agencies around the world including Expert Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Research, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), United Kingdom and the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK. He is an elected member of UK URSI (International Union of Radio Science) panel to represent the UK interests of URSI Commission B.