IEEE Iowa-Illinois Section Tech Talk -- History and Future of Implantable Antennas

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Implantable antennas have been used for communication with medical implants for decades. Since then, wireless medical telemetry systems and their associated implantable antennas have expanded rapidly.  Implantable medical devices now touch virtually every major function in the human body. Cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, neural recording and stimulation devices, cochlear and retinal implants are just a few of the many implantable medical devices available today.  Wireless telemetry for these devices is necessary to monitor battery level and device health, upload reprogramming for device function, and download data for patient monitoring. 

Emerging medical telemetry devices have led to recent advances in the design of small, biocompatible antennas that can be implanted in the human body.  This paper will track the types of antennas seen in the past, the technologies that enabled these changes, and prospects for future implantable antennas for medical applications.

(IEEE APS Distinguished Lecture)

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  • Date: 18 May 2022
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • Starts 07 April 2022 07:04 AM
  • Ends 13 May 2022 11:59 PM
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Dr. Cynthia Furse Dr. Cynthia Furse


Dr. Cynthia Furse is Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Utah.  Dr. Furse is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors.  Her technological innovations and patents include development of a system to locate intermittent electrical faults on aging aircraft wiring, with which she founded a successful spin off company, LiveWire Innovation.  She is also a pioneering researcher in the development of telemetry antennas for medical implants, and fast methods for predicting the statistical variation in bioelectromagnetic applications. 

Dr. Furse teaches freshman circuit design, and has prevoiusly taught electromagnetics, wireless communication, computational electromagnetics, microwave engineering, and antenna design. She is a leader in the flipped classroom teaching method.  She has received numerous teaching and research awards including the 2009 IEEE Harriett B. Rigas Medal for Excellence in Teaching. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors. She was the Associate VP for Research at the University of Utah from 2009-2019.


5:30pm - 6:30pm  Presentation, Q&A

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Discussion/Virtual Dinner

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