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The special session is organized by Prof. Ilangko Balasingham of Oslo University Hospital and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Prof. Wout Joseph of Ghent University, Belgium, Prof. Massimiliano Pierobon of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, Prof. Masahiko Yoshimoto of Kobe University, Japan, and Dr. Hidetoshi Ohta of Sapporo Orthopaedics and Cardiovascular Hospital, Japan.

We will have 11 papers from research groups from Australia, Japan, USA, Norway, Belgium, and South Korea.




WiBEC - new EU H2020- MARIE Sklodowska-CURIE ACTIONS project coordinated by The Intervention Centre, Oslo University Hospital.

The project is a spin-off of MELODY II and will run from January 2016 to December 2019.



MELODY project co-organizes special session on "Latest Advances in Radio Frequency Technology for Medical Implants" at the IEEE EMBC, Milan, Italy,  Aug. 2015

The special session was organized by Prof. Ilangko Balasingham and Dr. Raul Chavez-Santiago of Oslo University Hospital and Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  We had 12 papers from Research groups from Australia, Japan, USA, Norway, Spain, Germany, and France.



The Final International Workshop onboard the Hurtigruta Cruiseliner from Bergen to Trondheim

June 14-16, 2015

The final MELODY workshop took place on the Hurtigruta cruiseliner from Bergen to Trondheim in June. We had a two-day program with invited talks given by Prof. Ian Akyildiz and PhD-student Youssef Chahibi of Georgia Institute of Technology, Prof. Ram  Narayaranan  of Penn State University, and Dr. Huan-Bang Li from the National Institute of ICT, Japan. The event was attended by all partners. The workshop ended with a panel discussion on "Communication and Sensing Technologies for Future Healthcare – Challenges and Opportunities", which gave ideas for new lines of research.



ERCIM Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dr. Miloud Bagaa

Dr. Miloud Bagaa has been awarded the ERCIM Postdoctoral Fellowship and will be located at NTNU in Trondheim from Feb. 2015.


MELODY project co-organizes  workshop on "The Convergence of Wireless Technologies for Personalized Healthcare" at the IEEE PIMRC, Washington, USA, Aug. 2014

The workshop is organized by Dr. Raul Chavez-Santiago and Professor Ilangko Balasingham of Oslo University Hospital and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, and Professor Narcis Cardona of Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.

The half day workshop will feature invited talks and paper presenations on the following research topics but not limited to:

- Body area network (BAN) technology
- BAN to BAN (BAN2BAN) cooperative communications
- BAN2BAN propagation and interference
- Advanced cellular communication systems (5G) for healthcare
- Ambient assisted living (AAL) using wireless technology
- Internet of Things (IoT) for AAL and healthcare applications
- Cloud computing for BAN and wearable devices
- Big data processing for BAN and mobile healthcare (m-health)
- Security and privacy of medical data in m-health
- Medical radar and its applications
-Therapeutic use of radio waves
- Medical wireless implants and electronic pills
- Regulation and standardization


MELODY project co-organizes  mini symposium on "Nanoscale and Molecular Communciation Technologies for Future Healthcare" at the IEEE EMBC, Chicago, USA, Aug. 2014


The mini symposium is organized by Prof. Ilangko Balasingham, Oslo University Hospital and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway and Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Here is a tentative program:


Prof. Ian Akyildiz, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Title of presentation - "Frontier Research on Nanoscale Communications for Future Healthcare ".

Prof. Nitish Thakor, Johns Hopkins University, USA. Title of presentation - "Nanoscale interfaces to Neuron: in vitro and in vivo for recording to delivery/stimulation/function".

Prof. Ilangko Balasingham, Oslo University Hospital and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Title of presentation - "Electromagnetic Induced Nanonetworks for Alzheimer’s Disease Control".

Panel members and discussion topics:

Prof. Massimiliano Pierobon, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA.– "Fundamentals of Molecular Communications and their applications for drug delivery".

Prof. Josep Jornet Miguel, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA – "Applying graphene-based nanonetworks for biomedical applications".

Prof. Nitish Thakor – "Implementations and validation at the nanoscale".

Prof. Ian Akyildiz – "Industry collaborations in nano communications".




MELODY project co-organizes special session on "Wireless Capsule Endoscopy" at the IEEE EMBC, Chicago, USA, Aug. 2014


The special session is organized by Prof. Ilangko Balasingham, Oslo University Hospital and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Prof. J. Wang, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan,  Prof. Dirk Plettemeier, Technical University of Dresden, Germany, Prof. Jari Iinatti, University of Oulu, Finland, and Prof. Mehmet Yuce, Monash University, Australia.

The special topics will be but on the following not limited to:

  • Wireless endoscopy device design
  • Wireless telemetry designs
  • Wireless energy transfer and scavenging
  • Sensor design
  • Use of MEMS technology for wireless capsules
  • Optimization and modeling of wireless links
  • In-body propagation issues
  • Electromagnetics effects of wireless links
  • Antenna design
  • Low-power circuit building Blocks
  • Microwave and electromagnetic studies related to wireless capsule Technology
  • Automatic video analysis for anomaly detection


ERCIM Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dr. Rohit Chandra


Dr. Rohit Chandra, a recent graduate from the Lund University in Sweden, has been awarded the ERCIM Postdoctoral Fellowship and will be located at NTNU in Trondheim from May 2014.

DAAD Mobility Scholarships awarded for German and Norwegian Scientists to work on implantable antennas for communication


Dr. Raul Chavez-Santiago and Prof. Ilangko Balasingham of the MELODY have received a DAAD Norway-Germany Mobility Grant for 2 years starting from 2014. The group will work closely with Prof. Dirk Plettemeier's group at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, where each group will spend approximately 2 months at each others lab.



MELODY project co-organized workshop on "Future Trends" in Body Area Networks at the BODYNETS 2013, Boston, USA


The workshop had paper presentations and discussion osn the following issues on:

New Standards and Regulations (New frequency band regulations for BodyNets; New standardization efforts for BodyNets; Ultra low power PHY and MAC; BodyNets in 60 GHz and higher frequencies)

Future Implant Communications (Radio propagation models for new implant communication systems; Networks of implantable sensors; Localization and tracking of mobile in-body devices; Wireless power transmission (WPT) for implantable Devices)

Innovative Implantable Devices (Capsule endoscopes, electronic pills, and micro-robots for in-body therapeutic procedures; Bionic eye and visual prosthesis; Cortical implant devices; Implant cardiac monitoring Devices)

Miniaturization of Sensing Devices (Miniaturized flexible antennas; Microelectronics integrated with textiles; Nano communication Networks; Graphene-enabled wireless Communications)

Novel Radio Technology for BodyNets (Cognitive radio (CR); Software defined radio (SDR); New energy harvesting paradigms)

Telemedicine Perspectives (Interoperability of medical Devices; Innovative healthcare applications for mobile phones; Integration of BodyNets with 4G and 5G mobile communication Networks; Microcells and femtocells in healthcare premises; Novel applications of radio waves in the treatment of chronic diseases)



JSPS Fellowship awarded to Dr. Raul Chavez-Santigo


Our postdoc Raul Chavez-Santiago was awarded the prestigious JSPS Fellowship for Short-Term Scientific Research in Japan and visited Prof. Jianqing Wang’s lab at the Nagoya Institute of Technology for 40 days in May/June 2013.

Phase II kickoff meeting held at the Oslo University Hospital


The kickoff Meeting took place on April 3, 2013, where Prof. Erik Fosse of Oslo University Hospital gave an introductory Speech followed by Ms. Olaug Råd, Program Coodinator for VERDIKT at the Research Council of Norway.  Prof. Lars Aabakken gave a talk on capsule endoscopy from a clinical viewpoint and Dr. Johannes Solhusvik of OmniVision AS, Norway presented the latest technology on optical CMOS imaging sensors. Each WP leader gave presentations on status and plans for phase II. The group was invited for dinner hosted by Prof. Torleiv Maseng at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.



MELODY project received phase II funding for three more years

The VERDIK program at the Research Council of Norway has selected the MELODY Project as the only project for continuous funding for three more years starting from January 2013. The summary from the expert evaluation is given below:

"The new proposal is an excellent proposal that is based on the foundations of MELODY I, which led to several research and development advances in the field of the application of UWB communications to medical scopes. MELODY I project has been very successful in terms of scientific achievements and practical exploitation of results. The topics proposed for the future are a good mix between continuation of existing activities and new approaches. They have a high level of innovation. The proposal is well structured, has a very good consortium, and has a good exploitation potential. It is also at a high international level and foresees the active collaboration with international partners in Japan and in Germany. Publications in leading journals are expected. The researchers are leading experts in the field of UWB medical applications."

MELODY project co-organizer of the BODYNETS 2012 in Oslo, Norway


The 2012 Bodynets (http://bodynets.org/2012/show/home) conference featured with 6 symposia, 5 plenary keynotes, 1 special session, panel discussion, and 3 workshops. The main conference and the workshops accepted 49 papers with 63 presentations with an acceptance rate of 36% and attracted in total 126 participants. This made the 2012 year conference the largest conference ever held in the history of Bodynets!

Six student travel grants each worth of NOK 3000 (US$ 500) were given. The best student paper and the best paper awards were given at the banquet which took place at the fabulous restaurant Gamle Raadhuset in downtown Oslo, and the reception took place at the Edvard Munch museum in Tøyen, Oslo. Selected papers from the main conference have been invited to submit extended version of their papers to "special issue" in the IEEE Trans Information Technology in Biomedicine (TITB), ACM/Springer Mobile Networks & Applications (MONET), and Springer J. of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (JAIHC).


Best presentation award to Dr. Raul Chavez-Santiago



At the COST-TERRA workshop on Nov. 15-17, 2011, Dr. Raul Chavez-Santiago received the best presentation award for his work on "Cognitive radio for wireless area networks in hospital environments". Congratulations to Raul!

Wireless transmission of a full HD video from an in-body transmitter to a on-body receiver


On October 13, the researchers from the Oslo University Hospital, Norway and the National Institute of ICT (NICT), Japan demonstrated that a full HD video transmission from a in-body transmitter to a on-body receiver using the ultra wideband (UWB) technology. The demonstration is part of the research on the design and development of the next generation SmartPill system.

The video shows the experiment performed in an animal at the Oslo Univeristy Hospital.

News articles can be found at the Research Council of Norway and the State Television NRK. The articles are in Norwegian.

Official English version can be found at the Research Council of Norway.


The 2nd International Workshop at the Oslo University Hospital, Oct. 17-18, 2011


We have the pleasure of informing you about an exciting workshop program with three invited talks.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Ian F. Akyildiz of Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He will give two talks.

Talk 1: Molecular Communications in Nano Networks

Talk 2: Internet of Nanothings

The first invited talk will be delivered by Associate Professor Jan Østergaard of Aalborg University Denmark on Joint Source-Channel Coding and Power Control for State-estimation with Wireless Sensors.

The second invited speaker is Dr. Erik Lier of Lockheed Martin Inc. USA, and he will give a talk on Metamaterial antennas.

Full program with abstract can be found here


Oct. 17 - day 1:

10:15 - 10:45  Welcome speech.

Professor Erik Fosse, MD,

Chairman of the Steering Board, Director, Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital,


10:45 – 11:00 Research Council’s evaluation of the large scale ICT project MELODY

Olaug Råd

VERDIKT Program Coordinator

Research Council of Norway

11:00 – 12:00 Keynote talk 1:  Molecular Communication in NanoNetworks

Professor Ian Akyildiz

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

12:00 – 13:00 Break

13:00 – 13:20 RF-impact on Neuronal Activity and Novel Treatment Strategies for

Neurodegenerative Diseases based on RF exposure

Dr. Fabio Mesiti

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

13:20 – 13:40 Application of Neurocomputing to Model Nano-Communication Networks

Dr. Amir Jabbari

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

13:40 – 14:00 Industrial talk 1:   10 years of UWB:  limitations – possibilities:  lessons


Terje Hauan, CEO, MicroImpulse AS (Norway)

14:00 – 15:15  WP3: Short range sensing and imaging with demo

Professor Svein-Erik Hamran, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment , Norway

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 15:50 Industrial talk 2: Radar for sensing and imaging: a medical case study

Stig Støa, R&D Engineer, Novelda AS, Norway

16:50 - 17:05 WP4: Improved sensitivity for short range localization and tracking with demo

Professor Tor Sverre Lande, University of Oslo, Norway

Oct. 18 - day 2:

09:30 – 10:30 Keynote talk 2:   Internet of Nanothings

Professor Ian Akyildiz

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

10:30 – 11:30 Invited talk 1:  Joint source-channel coding and power control for state-

estimation with wireless sensors

Associate Professor Jan Østergaard

Aalborg University, Denmark

11:30– 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00 WP5:  Signal processing in communications with demo

Professor Tor Ramstad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

13:00– 14:00 Break

14:00 – 14:20 Industrial talk 3:

Flemming Hegerstrøm, CEO, Hospital IT AS, Norway

14:20 – 15:35 WP6: Dynamic autonomous networks with demo

Professor Ilangko Balasingham, Oslo University Hospital, Norway

15:35 – 16:35 Invited talk 2: Metamaterial antennas

Dr. Erik Lier

Lockheed Martin Inc., USA

16:35-17:00 Final discussion




Smart sensors and wireless communication technologies for medical and healthcare applications


The Oslo University Hospital (OUS) of Norway and the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) of Japan have joined forces to work closely to develop novel medical and healthcare technologies. The ongoing collaboration has been initiated by the Wireless Network Research Institute of NICT and the Intervention Center of OUS as part of the MELODY (http://www.melody-project.info), a large scale ICT research project funded by the Research Council of Norway.


The memorandum of understanding, which was signed by Head of Research Support Department Dr. Gogstad on behalf of OUS and General Director Dr. Kadowaki on behalf of NICT, will strengthen and formalize the ongoing collaboration and provide support for new joint initiatives based on the principle of equal rights and mutual benefits for both parties for next three years.

The signature ceremony took place at the NICT’s Yokosuka facility in Tokyo on June 16 and was attended by Professor Balasingham and Dr. Chavez-Santiago of OUS, Dr. Lund of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, and Dr. Kadowaki, Dr. Koyama, Mr. Minami, Dr. Miura, and Dr. Li of NICT.



First International MELODY Project Workshop

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Monday and Tuesday, October 4-5, 2010


Agenda (First Day)

10:50 KEYNOTE TALK, Prof. Huan-Bang Li, NICT and University of Electrocommunications (Japan)


12:00 Lunch


13:00 INDUSTRIAL TALK, M.Sc. Stig Støa, Novelda AS (Norway)



14:20 Break




15:30 INVITED TALK, Prof. Xianqing Wang, Nagoya Institute of Technology (Japan)


19:00 Dinner

Agenda (Second Day)

09:00 INVITED TALK, Prof. Mikael Skoglund, Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)


10:50 Break

11:10 INVITED TALK, Dr. Qiong Wang and Prof. Dirk Plettemeier, Technical University of Dresden (Germany)

12:20 Lunch

13:20 WP6: DYNAMIC AUTONOMOUS NETWORKS, Oslo University Hospital (Norway)


14:10 INDUSTRIAL TALK, Dr. Niels Aakvaag, Multi-hop Communications (Norway)


14:40 INDUSTRIAL TALK, Asoc. Prof. Pål Orten, ABB Research and University of Oslo (Norway)


MELODY Project Meeting

Seminarrom 3, B1.1017, Rikshospitalet

Wednesday, 25.02.2009



1400 VERDIKT, Olaug Råd, Research Council of Norway

1415 MELODY, Ilangko Balasingham, RH

1430 WP3: Short range sensing, Svein-Erik Hamran, FFI

5 min Q&A

1450 WP4: Short range tracking, Tor Sverre Lande, UiO

5 min Q&A

1510 WP5: Robust communications, Pål Anders Floor, NTNU

5 min Q&A

1530 Break

1550 WP6: Sensor networks, Raul Chavez Santiago, RH/NTNU

5 min Q&A

1610 Non invasive blood pressure measurements, Lars Erik Solberg, RH

1625 Invivo communication and hypothermia, Ali Khalegi, RH/NTNU

1640 Protocols for sensor networks, Djamel Djenouri, NTNU

1655 Frode Tveit, IBM

1705 Dag Wisland, Novelda

1715 Bengt A. Akselsen, Lifecare

1725 Niels Aakvaag, Multi-Hop Communication

1735 Closing remarks, Jacob Bergsland, RH

1900 Dinner at Holmenkollen Park Hotel.


Official opening ceremony



From left: Arvid Hallén, CEO, Research Council of Norway, Ilangko Balasingham, Project Manager, Erik Fosse, Professor, Morten Reymert, CEO, Rikshospitalet. A celebration was held on September 8th 2008 celebrating the official kickoff of the Melody Project. Arvid Hallén, CEO, Research Council of Norway, and Morten Reymert, CEO Rikshospitalet University Hospital paricipated. A common thread in the project is ultra wide band technology (UWB). The focus of the project is network communication and handling of multiple sensors, positioning systems, tracking systems and guidance of small robots inside the body.

Melody Project



The Research Council of Norway's VERDIKT program has selected for funding a large scale ICT project, MELODY (Medical Sensing, Localization, and Communications using Ultra Wideband Technology) in April 2008 for 4 years. A possible extension of 3 additional years can be considered by the Research Council of Norway after the mid term evaluation.


The project will develop ultra wideband (UWB) technology for improved wireless health technology, for both improved network communication and improved and possibly novel medical applications. Three major research directions are pursued, namely short range sensing and imaging of human body, improved sensitivity for short range localization and tracking, and distributed signal and communications for dynamic autonomous resilient networks for both in-vivo and ex-vivo medical applications.

The consortium consists of Prof. Ilangko Balasingham (The Interventional Centre, Rikshospitalet/NTNU), Prof. Tor Ramstad (NTNU), Prof. Svein-Erik Hamran (FFI) and Prof. Tor Sverre Lande (University of Oslo). Budget is 33 mill NOK, where the Research Council of Norway funds with 28 mill NOK.



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