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Prof. Emil Jovanov

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Director of Real-Time Physiological Monitoring Laboratory; Co-director of mHealth Laboratory (Laboratory for mobile health and wellness monitoring); The University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL, USA.


Dr. Emil Jovanov received his Dipl. Ing., MSc, and PhD from the University of Belgrade in Computer Engineering. He was Research Scientist at Institute Mihajlo Pupin in Belgrade from 1984 – 1998, and Assistant Professor at School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade from 1994-1998. Since 1998, Dr. Jovanov is with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Dr. Jovanov has more than 30 years of experience in the design of application specific hardware and software systems and biomedical signal processing. Dr. Jovanov is recognized as the originator of the concept of wireless body area networks for health monitoring and one of the leaders in the field of wearable health monitoring. Dr. Jovanov is a Senior Member of IEEE, and serves in IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems. He is a member of the Conference Editorial Board and Theme 7 Editor (Biomedical Sensors and Wearable Systems) of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and Editorial Board member of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Jovanov was the Guest Editor of two special issues of IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine: “Body Sensor Networks: From Theory to Emerging Applications” (2009) and “M-Health: Beyond Seamless Mobility and Global Wireless Health-Care Connectivity” (2004). Dr. Jovanov received 2017 IEEE Outstanding Educator Award, 2014 Innovator of the Year Award, and 2009 Outstanding Paper Award of IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine.  He published more than 200 papers and 16 book chapters.

Title and Abstract of the Keynote Speech

Do you know how I feel?
Sensing physiological signals from objects of everyday use

Recent technological advances of sensors and wearable health monitors, as well as emergence of smart homes and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies create new opportunities for integration of Body Sensor Networks and smart environments. Smart objects equipped with physiological sensors that we call Smart Stuff, can provide robust monitoring of activities of daily living and context for wearable physiological sensors. Synergy of information from wearable monitors and Smart Stuff generates completely new insights into the state of the user and supports personalized eHealth and mHealth services. We will present several new exciting applications and case studies of the recent projects.



Prof. William Scanlon

Director, Centre for Wireless Innovation, ECIT Institute, Queen’s University Belfast


Title and Abstract of the Keynote Speech: TBA

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