Adaptive Wearable Antennas for Medical Applications


  • Adaptive Wearable Antennas for Medical Applications

Adaptive Wearable Antennas for Medical Applications

Principal Supervisor: Dr. Gareth Conway

Second Supervisor: Prof. William Scanlon

+ Project Description

Personal communication systems are constantly evolving to enhance our functionality. Consumers want seamless connection every time, everywhere. As these devices become more integrated with the user, such as wearable technology, the performance gets degraded. Research in this area is in a growth phase, attracting research funding and huge commercial interest from global leaders such as, Samsung, Apple, Google etc. as well as government bodies. For these systems to meet application demands, much research resources are invested in generating new concepts and capabilities. Reliable communication between these wearable devices is heavily dependent on physical layer performance. Improving the communication channel through antenna development is one area requiring advancement. Having a single antenna that can adapt to different users, in different environments with varying channel conditions is highly advantageous. 

+ Aims

  • Investigate and evaluate wearable antenna technology and define a novel research area.
  • Define new measurement methodologies for analysing the performance of adaptive antennas.
  • Develop test-beds representative of human morphology for antennas with multiple propagation modes.
  • Develop an understanding of body-centric communications, with a focus on antennas and propagation.
  • Use numerical electromagnetic simulation analysis to investigate optimal wearable antenna concepts.
  • Wearable antenna design, prototyping and experimental measurements.
  • Disseminate research findings in leading national and international conference and journal publications.

+ How to Apply

Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen’s online application portal at:

+ Contact Details

Supervisor Name: Dr Gareth Conway            

Queens University of Belfast
School of EEECS
Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI)
NI Science Park
Queens Road,



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