Director's Note

Wireless communication has been the fastest growing technology in history and may be more disruptive than the Internet. After experiencing four generations of wireless evolution that reaches a large percentage of the world's population, we are now immersed in the Wireless Century that will be characterized by pervasive broadband wireless networking ---including communication with and among intelligent devices ("things") leading to the Wireless Internet of Things [WIoT].

Taking the WIoT to new level of in-the-body [in vivo] applications, the mission of the innovations in Wireless Information Networking Laboratory, or iWINLAB, is to create a new suite of wireless technologies across a broad set of novel application domains. Our major focus to date has been on the application of novel in vivo wireless communications and networking technologies to advance telemedicine and bio-medical systems, with a focus on creating a paradigm shift in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), and most recently on innovative Cardiac Rhythm Management Systems [iCRM].

Our research involves collaboration and synergistic activities with many like-minded members of our department, college, university, industry, and colleagues throughout the world.

The iWINLAB has three main thrusts:

  • The In vivo Wireless Information Networking research focuses on studying and creating novel in vivo channel models and wireless signal processing, communications and networking that will match the requirements and limitations of implanted bio-medical devices, which are more restricted, from a communication and computing standpoint, than any devices that have ever been networked by human-created means. A current focus is the advancement of telemedicine and bio-medical systems, with a focus on the MARVEL system for creating a paradigm shift in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS).
  • The Biomedical Wireless Information Networking research is directed towards using wireless and learning systems technologies to advance the state-of-the art in biomedical devices. The current focus is on cardiac rhythm devices, such as the iCRM and the vectorcardiogram (VCG).
  • The Advanced Wireless Networking group is investigating new technologies that address the critical shortage of wireless capacity by increasing the ability of wireless systems to better match the application and user demand to the available resources. Current research is on advanced application-aware wireless technology using cross layer design.
  • Sincerely,

    Rich Gitlin