Antennas and propagation for body-centric wireless communications at millimeter-wave frequencies: A review

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  • A. Pellegrini
  • A. Brizzi
  • L. Zhang
  • K. Ali
  • Y. Hao
  • N. Chahat
  • M. Zhadobov
  • R. Sauleau

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Queen Mary University
  • School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Antennas and Electromagnetics Group
  • School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
  • Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes (IETR)
  • UMR CNRS 6164
  • University of Rennes 1
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • California Institute of Technology


Body-centric wireless communications represent a well-established field of research, with many studies and applications developed in a range of frequencies that extend from 400 MHz up to 10 GHz. However, many advantages can be found in operating such systems at millimeter-wave frequencies. For example, compact antennas suitable for body-centric applications can be obtained together with other benefits, such as higher data rates and reduced interference and "observability." Meanwhile, numerical modeling of antennas and propagation at millimeter-wave frequencies represents a major challenge in terms of efficiency and accuracy. The aim of this paper is to provide a review of recent progresses and outstanding challenges in the field of body-centric communication at frequencies of 60 GHz and 94 GHz.


Original languageEnglish
Article number6645205
Pages (from-to)262-287
Number of pages26
JournalIEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2013


  • Body-centric wireless communication, Millimeter waves, Numerical methods, On-body antennas, Phantoms