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Mar 8 2024

Revolutionizing healthcare: the rise of wearable devices and advanced technologies for personal medicine

March 8, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Lecture Center C3


801 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

Revolutionizing healthcare: the rise of wearable devices and advanced technologies for personal medicine

Presenter: Dieff Vital, UIC

Abstract: The global wearable healthcare devices market, projected to hit $168.29 billion by 2030, leads a healthcare revolution driven by rising fitness, lifestyle, and home healthcare interests. Enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, and virtual reality (VR), this market aims to redefine health monitoring and diagnostics. Central to this transformation are self-powered hubs embedded in clothing, enabling real-time health tracking without the need for direct healthcare professional contact. Beneficial for those with limited access or without insurance, these devices have textile-based antennas and sensors to monitor vital signs through radio frequency conversion, acting as wearable mini-lab.

Two innovative hubs will be showcased during the seminar: near-field misalignment-insensitive wireless charging hub for efficient power transmission and a lab-on-a-bandage (hub-on-a-skin) monitoring wound health by analyzing uric acid and pH levels. These developments, along with AI, robotics, and computational biomedicine, are poised to elevate healthcare experiences. A virtual reality clinic and a personalized robotic nurse will also be demonstrated to exemplify the advancements in immersive health management and at-home diagnostics. These technologies foster natural patient interactions and precise preliminary diagnoses, leveraging a database constantly updated by authoritative sources for reliable health information. The integration of machine learning refines diagnostic accuracy, underscoring the potential of these innovations in making expert healthcare more accessible.
In summary, the fusion of wearable technologies with advanced healthcare solutions heralds a future of personalized and connected healthcare. Continuous health monitoring, immersive tech, and intelligent virtual assistance signify a leap toward improved health surveillance and patient care. This shift promises democratized access to precise healthcare information, marking a significant advancement in offering holistic, patient-centered medical experiences.

Speaker bio: Dieff Vital completed his PhD at Florida International University in 2021. His interests include RF systems on-textile, wireless power transfer and harvesting for Internet of Things and smart dressing solutions for personalized health. He is the co-inventor of 5 awarded/pending patents. He was a recipient of the McKnight Dissertation Fellowship, the FIU Fall 2018 Student Conference Award, the International Microwave Symposium (IMS2019)/RFIC2019 Ph.D. Student Sponsorship (travel award), the Florida Academy of Sciences Al Hall Memorial Award for Best Poster and Excellent Academic Achievement, the 2019 U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science (USNC-URSI) Travel Fellowship, one of the 2021 IEEE URSI-GASS Young Scientist Award, the National Science Foundation (NSF) student travel to attend the smart health workshop, the NSF IEEE RFIC’20 Student Conference Registration Award, and the McKnight Fellowship Travel Grant. He has also received Third Place from the IMS2019 Student Design Competition and honorable mentions in IMS2019 and IMS2020 3MT Competitions. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIC. His research includes textile-based wireless power transfer and harvesting, smart solutions for personalized health, and microwave sensing of gut microbiome.

Faculty host: Igor Paprotny,


ECE department

Date posted

Mar 7, 2024

Date updated

Mar 27, 2024