BSN 2006

International Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks: April 3-5 at MIT


Notice: All tutorials are now fully booked

April 3, all day: BSN Platform
Prof. Guang-Zhong Yang and Benny Lo (Visual Image Processing Group, Dept of Computing, Imperial College London)
BSN nodes specification.

Each fully registered attendee will receive a BSN development kit that consists of a programming board, a sensor board, and a pair of BSN nodes.

This tutorial comprises an introduction to Body Sensor Networks covering the current state-of-the-art in wireless sensor networks and its significance and future applications to sensing and monitoring devices for healthcare. It then goes into the major concepts required to program TinyOS applications, followed by an introduction to the basic architecture and extensibility of BSN Node for different sensing environments (both for healthcare applications and general wireless sensor networks). There will be a hands on session on TinyOS programming which will illustrate how to build, debug, and run TinyOS applications on the BSN node, how to send/receive data wirelessly, and a session on sensor data acquisition with the BSN node. Finally, there will be a session on wireless data path and sensor message hopping, introducing the concept and theory of packet broadcasting, how to form wireless sensor network, and issues related to message hopping. It will also illustrate a simple multi-hop data propagation method that allows data to be collected by a central location.

April 3, morning: Pervasive Healthcare Applications
Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz (Head, Institute for Computer Systems and Networks, UMIT—University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Tirol, Austria) and Oliver Amft, Wearable Computing Lab, ETH Zurich

The tutorial is aimed at researchers from the areas of sensor networks and ubiquitous computing who are interested in applications related to health care and wellness.

It will begin with a discussion of the requirements and of different types of health care related applications including core health monitoring, health related lifestyle monitoring/assistance, wellness and rehabilitation, cognitive aids, assisted living solutions for the elderly and the handicapped, process optimization in hospitals as well as information access solutions for the medical staff. It will then discuss key technologies and solution relevant to the individual fields. examples of specific topics are physiological monitoring, dietary monitoring, behavioural monitoring and motion analysis. Finally specific examples of projects, including large European Union sponsored projects (AMON, MyHeart, WearIT@Work) will be given.

April 3, afternoon: Making Wearable Sensors Based on Conducting Polymers (CPs)
Dermot Diamond (Professor of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University)

The tutorial will cover:

  1. Base materials (Lyrca, foam);
  2. Modifying base materials with CPs to confer sensing capabilities;
  3. Integrating sensing materials into fabrics/clothes;
  4. Acquring and transmitting signals wirelessly using MOTES;
  5. Examples including 'smart insole' to measure activity, and soft strain gauges to measure breathing;

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