Healthcare Monitoring Using Wireless Sensor Networks: A Comprehensive Study
- Suraiya Tarannum, HKBK College of Engineering
A Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) consists of a large number of randomly deployed sensor nodes which organize themselves into a co-operative network performing the three basic functions of sensing, computations and communications. Research in the area of WSN has become an extensive explorative area during the last few years, especially due to the challenges offered, Healthcare monitoring being one of them. In this tutorial, a thorough, comprehensive study of current technologies and future trends on wearable and implantable Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN), a sub-class of WSN, to provide un-interrupted health monitoring of patients. The importance of WBANs in the medical field is gaining importance in the present area of nuclear families, mainly to assist and take on the role of caretakers. These networks especially play an important role for chronically and terminally ill patients, by providing a ‘shoulder’ to lead a life independently without the constant need of an attendant, besides providing patients the quality care which is of utmost importance, especially for the old and needy.
is currently serving as Professor and Research Co-ordinator, Dept, of Electronics and Communication Engineering, HKBK College of Engineering, Bangalore, INDIA. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University, Bangalore, INDIA, Master of Engineering (M.E) in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University, Bangalore, INDIA and Ph.D in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Dr.M.G.R. University, Chennai, INDIA.
She has a rich research experience of more than 15 years especially in the field of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) with the title of her Ph.D thesis being, ‘Algorithms for Efficient Energy Management in Wireless Sensor Networks.’ She is currently guiding 6 students for their doctoral programme in the area of ‘Wireless Communications,’ under Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum, INDIA. She has 15 publications in refeered International Journals of high repute and 18 presentations in International Conferences. She is a member of IEEE and ISTE. She has a number of awards and recognitions to her credit.