[Special Issue onWBANs for Pervasive Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, and Entertainment Applications: Issues& Challenges]in KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems (http://WWW.ITIIS.ORG)A WBAN (Wireless Body Area Network) interconnects low-power, miniaturized, and intelligent sensor nodes in, on, or around a human body to serve a variety of healthcare, Consumer Electronics (CE), and entertainment applications. It provides unprecedented opportunities for long-term health monitoring of patients without additional interference with their normal activities. When integrated in hospitals and clinics, WBAN can support people with disabilities and chronic diseases and can treat or even predict life threatening diseases. Medical applications include supervised rehabilitation, early detection of abnormal condition, and treatment of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Non-medical applications include monitoring forgotten things, establishing social networks, monitoring of athletes, or assessing soldier fatigue and battle readiness. Numerous publications have focused on the design and development of novel technologies for WBAN (mostly for healthcare applications).However, many issues and challenges should be resolved to make this technology adaptable and ubiquitous for non-medical applications, such as CE and entertainment applications. This includes solutions to many technical issues and challenges such as interference, energy efficiency, reliability, network management, scalability and interoperability, and security issues. The interference and coexistence are among the most important topics to be addressed because they may degrade the performance of WBANs and can lead to loss of crucial health information. Other important topics are the interoperability, which may allow WBANs to work in heterogeneous wireless networks, and the integration of WBANs with cloud computing, which may allow to store and process huge amount of data collected by WBANs.This special issue is dedicated to recent advances in WBAN for medical and non-medical applications. It invites high quality unpublished research& review articles that disseminate the state-of-the-art research and development on fundamental WBAN technologies, articulate new perspectives, and highlight open issues and challenges. Topics of interest include, but not limited to:● Topics of Interest1-Coexistence and interferences issues2-System Scalability and interoperability3-End-to-End QoS management4-Energy-efficient protocols and algorithms5-Cross layer optimization6-Multi-hop WBANs7-Novel technologies for multimedia communication in WBANs8-Integration of WBANs with cloud computing/other networks9-Mobility management10-RFID-based WBANs11-Security and fault tolerance issues12-RF propagation13-WBAN security14-Wireless prototype, tested, and software with hospital trials15-Wireless Body Area Nano-network16-Survey and tutorial articles in the above areas are highly encouraged● Submission Guideline1. All of submissions should follow the TIIS journal's author guidelines on the web page (http://www.itiis.org)2. SELECT the "Special Issue Paper-WBANs for Pervasive Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, and Entertainment Applications: Issues& Challenges" in the manuscript type menu of the manuscript submission system. If you select other manuscript type, your submitted paper will NOT be considered for this special issue.● Important Dates.Paper submission deadline: 15 Oct 2012First notification of acceptance: 15 Jan 2013Second notification of acceptance: 25 Feb 2013Camera ready final manuscript due: 25 March 2013Publication: May/June 2013● Guest Editors:1.Sana Ullah (Corresponding Guest Editor)Chair of Pervasive and Mobile ComputingCollege of Computer and Information SciencesKing Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaEmail:sullahksu.edu.sa orsanajcshotmail.com2. Emil JovanovDepartment of Electrical and Computer EngineeringThe University of Alabama in Huntsville301 Sparkman drive, 213 EBHuntsville, AL 35899, U.S.A.Email:emil.jovanovuah.edu3. Waleed AlsalihComputer Science DepartmentVice Dean for Projects and e-Services,Deanship of e-Transactions and CommunicationsKing Saud University, Saudi ArabiaEmail:wsalihksu.edu.sa4.Abdelmajid KhelilDept. of Computer Science, TU-Darmstadt,Hochschulstr 10, 64289 Darmstadt, GermanyEmail:khelildeeds.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de5. Bin ShenKey Lab of Mobile Communication Technology,Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (CQUPT),Chongqing, 400-065, P. R. ChinaEmail:shenbincqupt.edu.cn orshenbinemgmail.com
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