PhD students' day — CITI lab

Cooperative Communications for Body Area Networks

by Arturo Jimenez Guizar

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Socrate team
3rd year


Wireless Sensor Networks
Body Area Networks
Ultra Wide Band
IEEE 802.15.6
Cooperative Communications
Large Scale Individual Motion Capture
Coordinated Group Navigation


Jean Marie Gorce
Claire Goursaud


CEA Leti
University of Rennes 1
Telecom ParisTech
INSA Lyon - CITI Laboratory - INRIA

This work is related in the CORMORAN project which aims at designing new components and extended functionalities, adapted to the emerging Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) and thus fits to the " Thematic Line 1: The Networks of the Future " of the ANR 2011-2013 program. More precisely, CORMORAN is interested in bringing cooperative and location-oriented features into the WBAN context, alongside with low power consumption, which are mandatory features of the Internet of Things and future mobile heterogeneous networks.

Wireless Body Area Networks have already started fulfilling market needs in a variety of applications such as emergency and rescue, healthcare, entertainment, personal multimedia, clothing, etc. They rely in part on emerging radio technologies that claim Ultra Low Power (ULP) consumption and low complexity, e.g. Impulse Radio Ultra Wideband (IR-UWB), as put forward in the IEEE 802.15.6 standard under elaboration.

The purpose of this thesis will be to propose strategies to ensure transmission Quality of Service (reception rate of packets, latency) while minimizing the radiation level (for medical purposes) , and the level of interference. The challenge is to define how the sensors will be organized (roles, relay selection protocols and scheduling issues) and evaluate the impact of the proposed algorithms on the ranging estimation for the Motion Capture and Navigation purposes.


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