Call for Papers for the Special Issue on

Cardiovascular System Monitoring and Therapy:

Innovative Technologies and Internet of Things


The number of devices for the measurement and interpretation of biological systems that describe performance of the cardiovascular system is growing. Among others, this is due to the improvement of circuit and system design that renders the devices wearable and easy to use. Moreover, internetworking enables these devices to exchange data. Their true impact on patient care is highly dependent on the quality and relevancy of the data acquired. The design of circuits and systems to answer the growing demand and the necessity to have portable and connected devices lead to a focus on designing ultra-low power apparatus, mixed-signal devices, using nanoscale electronics. Microelectronic issues are therefore at the heart of the demand. All this requires inter-disciplinary collaborations between scientists, engineers, medical researchers, and practitioners. The interconnection of these embedded devices, known as Internet of Things (IoT), is expected to usher in the medical field, among others to study the cardiovascular system of patients. IoT is also expected to generate large amounts of data from diverse locations. Data processing and storage will also take place in the healthcare information technology. Furthermore, key issues such as data security and privacy will be determinants of the utility of these systems and impact in healthcare monitoring and management.

This special issue aims to provide a forum for both established experts and new investigators to share their developments, knowledge, and insights for the further design of circuits and systems aiming at being integrated in sensors to monitor or treat the cardiovascular system.  Contributions for this special issue are sought on general, theoretical, and application-oriented papers in the above-mentioned technical areas with a Circuits and Systems perspective and an application related to the cardiovascular system. We thus invite contributions in the following main topics:

–      Digital Signal Processing

–      Visual Signal Processing and Communications

–      Internet of (Video) Things

–      Analog and Mixed Signal Circuits and Systems

–      Digital Integrated Circuits and Systems

–      Communications Circuits and Systems

–      Nonlinear Systems and Circuit Theory

–      Power and Energy Circuits and Systems

–      Beyond CMOS: Nanoelectronics and Hybrid Systems Integration

–      Sensory Circuits and Systems

–      Multimedia Systems and Applications.

The manuscript for TBioCAS must be submitted on-line using the IEEE TBioCAS manuscript template and “Information for Authors”, via the IEEE Manuscript Central found at the following Website address: Authors should select the Special Issue manuscript titled “Cardiosys” instead of “Regular Paper”.  The length of a manuscript must be minimum 8 pages in IEEE format. For any information, please contact Dr. Anne Humeau-Heurtier at the following Email address:


Submission of manuscript deadline: November 16, 2017

Acceptance / major-revision-resubmission / rejection notifications: January 18, 2017

Revised manuscripts due: March 26, 2018

Final acceptance: April 26, 2018

Publication: August 1st, 2018

Guest Editors:

Anne Humeau-Heurtier,  (

Luiz Eduardo Virgilio Silva,  (

Yi-Hung Liu,  (

Mariofanna Milanova,  (



The world of biomedical devices is certainly one industrial sector that could benefit the most from microfluidics point-of-care (POC) based diagnostics. The idea behind POC devices is to perform a diagnostic test near the patient without the need of any infrastructure and trained personnel. That entails the miniaturization of complex fluids handling, from the single cell to the multi-phase flow, integrated detection and samples manipulation. The integration in an embedded micro-device of the technologies related to the mechanics, optics, electronics, fluidics and computer engineering together with a low cost micro-fabrication technology are fundamental requirements in POC device realization.

The scope of this special issue is to bring together contributions focusing on new concepts in POC devices realization, including, but not limited to:

  • Micro-fabrication, interface between fluids and electronics and advanced materials
  • Lab-on-Chip and Lab-on-CMOS-Chip based devices
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based structures
  • Detection, separation and manipulation of bio-chemical agents
  • Paper-based microfluidics
  • Image and signal processing in bio-chip
  • Applications in micro-acousto-fluidics
  • Applications in micro-opto-fluidics
  • Complex flow in bio-microfluidics

The manuscript for TBioCAS must be submitted on-line using the IEEE TBioCAS manuscript template and “Information for Authors”, via the IEEE Manuscript Central found at the following Website address: Authors should select the Special Issue manuscript titled “Microfluidics” instead of “Regular Paper”.  The length of a manuscript must be minimum 8 and maximum 10 pages in IEEE format. For any information, please contact Dr. Maide Bucolo (

Important Dates

Manuscript submission May 1, 2017
First decision to Authors June 30, 2017
Revision due (if necessary) July 30, 2017
Final notification September 1, 2017
Final manuscripts due September 15, 2017
Special Issue publication November 1, 2017

Guest Editors

IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBioCAS) will be dedicating a Special Issue each year to cover the emerging BioCAS areas. Any topic within the scope of the TBioCAS is appropriate and preference is given to new and/or emerging areas, especially those multidisciplinary in nature while traditionally not strictly in CAS fields.

A Special Issue (SI) consists of a maximum of 15 manuscripts. An emerging topic must be broad enough to capture a sufficient number of submissions to support this size of a SI, but not so broad that the acceptance rate is unacceptably low. Recognizing that such things are difficult to predict, a target acceptance rate would be in the 30-35% range, which suggests that 30-45 submissions is optimal. The length of a regular manuscript must be 9 pages maximum (incl. references and biographies).

Proposers must assemble a team of 2-4 Guest Editors (GEs), with one individual identified as the contact point (called the Corresponding Guest Editor, CGE). The GEs should be established researchers in the focus area of the special issue, or a closely allied discipline. It is also desirable for the Guest Editing team to be technically and geographically balanced with industry and academia represented.

Guest editors may not submit original technical papers for the special issue. However, they are highly encouraged to provide a single overview tutorial-like paper (8-14 pages long). The goal is to help readers understand the topic better and potentially stimulate new researchers to work in the area.

The main responsibilities of the Guest Editing team are:

  • Informal Publicity: The Editor-in-Chief will ensure that the Call-for-Papers is sent to all CASS and EMBS members (IEEE-notice), newsletter, and Magazine, and to the various other IEEE Societies Transactions. The GEs are responsible for other more informal means of publicity, such as distributing the Call-for-Papers at conferences they attend, personally contacting delegates working in the area to solicit submissions, announcing the call for SI on their personal websites, etc.
  • Paper Review: As submissions are received, the GEs will assume the responsibility of its review process, that is, for finding reviewers to assess the quality of the submissions. It is desirable for each paper to receive five high-quality reviews, although three can suffice if all are consistent in their opinions. All reviewer invitations and feedback must be conducted through the TBioCAS Website
  • Accept/Reject Decisions: Keeping in mind the page limitations for TBioCAS issues, GEs work together to determine the manuscripts to be included in the special issue.
  • Special Issue Editorial/Organization: GEs select the order in which the papers will appear in the special issue, and prepare a 1-1.25 page editorial for introducing the special issue (topic, general contributions of the accepted manuscripts, and open areas for future research). The editorial and GE bios should occupy no more than 3 total printed pages.

Special issue proposals are submitted to the Editor-in-Chief and considered by the TBioCAS Steering Committee. To submit a special issue proposal, Authors need to email their proposal to

The targeting date of this special issue publication will be November 1st, 2017 and the deadline for submitting the proposal is Monday December 19th, 2016. A proposal shall include the following:

  1. Rationale and motivation, including an explanation of why this is an emerging research topic, and the scope of the targeted special issue.
  2. Targeted community.
  3. A list of potential contributors.
  4. Brief (300 words) bio-sketches of the Corresponding Guest Editor (CGE) and Guest Editors (GE) including experience on editing technical publications.
  5. Relationship among guest editors, and track records of collaboration together.
  6. A proposed timeline of key milestones for the special issue.
  7. Draft Call for Papers for the special issue.

Mohamad Sawan, EiC, IEEE-TBioCAS
Guoxing Wang, DEiC, IEEE-TBioCAS


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