Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Call for Abstracts by the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association for the APHA 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition

Call for Abstracts by the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association for the APHA 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition

November 15-19, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana

Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 13, 2014

We invite all APHA members to be primary members of the Health Administration section and welcome all new, returning and continuing members to submit abstracts to our section! Health Administration is the right section for you if you have an interest in assuring the highest quality public health practice, identifying important issues in the advancement of quality and best practices in health administration, and seeking solutions that advance the health of the communities in which we live and work. The Health Administration section is also the right place for you if you value nurturing, supporting, training and exchanging information with public health and healthcare administrators of all disciplines and publicly advocating the highest quality practice based on sound administrative and scientific principles.

This section invites papers for presentation that address research, practice and policy issues as they relate to health administration and leadership in domestic and international governmental public health agencies, for profit and nonprofit health organizations, academia, business, industry and other settings.

Papers should identify specific administrative and leadership challenges in health administration practice. We encourage papers that focus on solutions including best practices, promising models for the future, and/or instructive failures that offer lessons learned for improvement. These papers should focus on how insights learned from research or practice can be applied in other settings.

Topics of interest include:

Administrative models for improving equity in access, quality, and outcomes

Administrative models for improving patient safety

Administrative models for public health preparedness

Challenges and benefits of social media for health administration

Collaborative improvement efforts in health administration

Core competencies in health administration

Cross-pollination between public health administration and healthcare administration

Emerging challenges in health administration

Ethics and accountability in health administration

Evidence-based health administration

Healthography: Administrative models for overcoming geographical differences in health outcomes

Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

Improving population health through healthcare administration

International perspectives on health administration

Managing risk in health administration

Model practices for mentoring and succession planning in health administration

Model practices in program evaluation

Models for coalition building and policy influence in local health departments

Models for effective management of public health advocacy campaigns

Models for user-centered design of public health interventions

Models of academic / practice partnerships

Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR)

Quality Improvement in Public Health Administration

Successful models for communicating with policymakers

Successful models for meeting PHAB accreditation standards

Translation of health administration theory and research to health administration practice

Using technology to improve health administration practice

Workforce development, professional development, and human resources management in health administration

Workforce diversity in health administration

Program Planner Contact Information:

Alan Card, PhD, MPH, CPH, CPHQ

Evidence-Based Health Solutions

PO Box 62

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (863) 877-0122



Akilah Cadet, MPH

Quality Management--Department of Education and Training

San Francisco Department of Public Health--San Francisco General Hospital

1001 Potrero, Bldg 30, Suite 3200

San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: 415-206-4013

Fax: 415-206-4450


Monday, December 23, 2013

Call for Papers: First International Death Online Research Symposium

Call for Papers: First International Death Online Research Symposium

April 9th - 10th, 2014 University of Durham, United Kingdom

The First Death Online Research Symposium will be held at the University of Durham, England, April 9th – 10th, 2014.

We invite contributions presenting ongoing or recently completed research within the following areas: memorial sites online; explorations of new ways of grieving though social media; the use of mobile technologies in graveyards; and the discussion of pertinent problems related to the digital afterlife and people’s digital inheritance. In addition, we welcome other relevant perspectives on the impact digital technology has on everyday practices in the context of death in the 21st century.

Abstract submission deadline: January 5th, 2014.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Progress of the Grand Coalition pledges

Launched in March 2013, the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs attracted more than 40 pledges from industry, NGOs, governments. These pledges are already delivering their results.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology: Collaboration Technologies and Systems for Disaster Management

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology: Collaboration Technologies and Systems for Disaster Management

Guest Editors:

Nadia Nouali-Taboudjemat, Nadjib Badache and Omar Nouali, CERIST, Algeria

Aris M. Ouksel, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University, UAE

Although disasters differ depending on the nature and context in which they occur, their management faces almost the same and repetitive set of challenges. These challenges are mainly related to inter-organisational relationships and the commitments of multiple stakeholders collaborating under severe time and resource constraints.

For this special Issue we are particularly interested in original work on the current state of research and development in collaboration technologies and systems for disaster management. This includes the whole cycle of detection, prevention, readiness, response, and recovery from disasters.

Typically, responding to a disaster or crisis requires multiple distributed agencies, task groups and individuals to be involved in making collaborative decisions and taking coordinated actions. Thus, contributions that improve information technology support for collaboration in disaster management and emergency responses are solicited.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM'2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Collaborative information system architectures, frameworks and technologies

Human-computer intelligent interaction

Pervasive middleware/systems for emergency management

Emergency communication systems

Wireless networks and sensors networks for emergency management

Wireless protocols for emergency management

QoS in critical communications

Interactive communication media/content

Distributed/cooperative media

Collaborative decision making under stress, time pressure and limited resources

Internet/web-based systems/products

Service-oriented architectures for collaboration

Cloud computing for disaster management

Ontology-based approaches for collaboration

Contextual and situation-based collaboration

Security and privacy concerns in information sharing

Social media and networks for participation and collaboration

Modelling and simulation of collaboration

Information infrastructure and electronic governance

Public transportation and traffic management

Geospatial information technology and geo-collaboration

Web mapping and geographic information systems (GIS)

Visualisation and visual analytics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 16 July, 2014

Notification to authors: 16 September, 2014

Final versions due: 16 November, 2014

More than 60% of individuals in the EU28 use the internet daily

Internet access and use is widespread amongst the EU population. In the 28 EU Member States (EU28), 79% of households had access to the internet in 2013 and 76% had a broadband internet connection, compared with 55% and 42% respectively in 2007. For most individuals in the EU28, using the internet has become a regular activity, with 62% of individuals using it every day or almost every day and a further 10% at least once a week. On the other hand, 21% of

individuals reported in 2013 that they have never used the internet, compared with 37% in 2007.

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Video European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

Innovation for active and healthy ageing: What did the European partnership achieve so far? And what's next? Watch the video.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Smart Energy for Europe: strengthening utilities telecom synergies

EU needs to modernise its electricity grid system to reach the 2020 Energy targets.

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New job profiles and educational needs emerge with AAL technological developments

It is a well-known fact that the ageing of the European population has serious consequences on several sectors (health sector, education, ICT etc.). Thanks to the various research and technological developments, mainly as the result of European funded projects (FP7 and the AAL Joint Programme), the service palette offered to this segment of society is now very rich. Unfortunately the European education system has not kept up to this development and therefore the vocational training needs in relation to those new solutions are not fulfilled adequately yet which would be necessary in order to design, develop, operate and manage these systems and solutions.

The Leonardo da Vinci Programme co-funded CompAAL project has filled this gap and identified five AAL-related job profiles as the most important ones to be targeted. The profiles which have been elaborated by following the e-CF methodology clarify what competencies the five identified professionals shall possess. The five identified job roles cover the whole AAL technology development and maintenance chain starting from AAL system architect and AAL solution and system developer, through to AAL maintenance specialist, AAL community manager and AAL consultant.

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Bridging the gap between EU research results and service provision

How do we get European research results out of the lab? A new project called HAIVISIO will help EU-funded eHealth and active and healthy ageing projects to set a common strategy for joint dissemination and exploitation activities. The project will organise events and training courses and facilitate an online community. The European Commission has granted 399,000 euros for this.

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High level expert group validates achievements of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme

Monday, December 16, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Telemedicine in India

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Telemedicine in India

Guest Editors:

Prof. S. Raghavan, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India

Shri. L. S. Satyamoorthy, Telemedicine Society of India, India

Telemedicine in India has reached a remarkable level globally. Reaching the unreachable in India is made possible through telemedicine. In each and every medical specialty, there are centers which excel in telemedicine. It is the need of the hour.

The aim of this special issue is to consolidate the vast array of activities that are taking place in India in this field of service to mankind, including those in centres which have now gained worldwide recognition. The issue is our earnest attempt to consolidate these telemedicine activities and to also present an amalgamation of medicine, engineering and telecommunication.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Technology in telemedicine

• Microwaves in telemedicine

• Medical specialties in telemedicine

• Telemedicine standards

• Future perspective

• Recent advances

• Software for telemedicine

• Corporations in telemedicine

• Telemedicine education

• Telemedicine for paramedics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 15 March, 2014

Acceptance/rejection notification: 15 April, 2014

Final paper due: 15 May, 2014

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal for Nurse Practitioners: Technology That Transforms Health Care Practice and Education

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal for Nurse Practitioners: Technology That Transforms Health Care Practice and Education

JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners is planning a special issue on the use of technologies in transforming the delivery of health care and education. The use of digital tools and the creation of a digital infrastructure to underline a learning health system are imperative to provide better care, lower costs and improve health in the United States.

JNP wants to feature the technologies nurse practitioners (NPs) are using and help identify leaders in these areas.

If you are using technologies in your practice or your educational program that are transformative, we invite your submission of an article to this issue, which will publish in late 2014.

The guest editor is Diane Skiba, PhD, FAAN, FACMI.

We are interested in any of the following topics:

Federal initiatives to promote the use of electronic health care records (EHRs) and health information exchanges provide multiple opportunities for practices to transform health care through such technologies as mobile devices, computer provider order entry, decision support tools or nursing documentation systems. The use of technology to facilitate transitions in care, medical homes and collaborative interprofessional team care are also areas of interest.

Another area of interest is consumer/patient engagement. For example, The Institute of Medicine’s focus on patient engagement in care decisions to achieve better

outcomes, lower costs and improve health lends itself to using technologies with your patient populations. If you, your team or your organization are using patient portals, supporting the Blue Button campaign and personal health records, encouraging the use of mobile applications by patients/consumers to manage their health care or handling patient-generated data through innovative technology, send us an article.

As a result of the dynamic changes in the health care system, many educators are using a variety of technologies to transform the teaching-learning process in the preparation of

NPs, especially interprofessional education. If you are using new and exciting tools (eg, EHRs,virtual worlds, telehealth, massive online open courses [MOOCs], gaming) in the educational arena, please consider submitting an article.

We are seeking feature articles (4,000 to 5,000 words inclusive) and brief reports (2000-2500 words) that describe the technology that you, your patients or students are using and the experiences you are having in which others might be interested.

Authors can also include links to websites, applications or demonstrations; video demonstrations up to 3 minutes; audio files; and multiple photos, forms, documents or figures

that illustrate the text.

Manuscripts should be submitted to ees.elsevier.com/jnp by April 1, 2014.

Authors should consult the Guide for Authors there and use the Article Type “Special Issue—Technology” when uploading submissions.

Queries can be directed to Marilyn Edmunds, Editor in Chief, at jnpeditor@aol.com

European Cities two steps ahead with FUPOL

The pilot phase of the Future Policy Modeling Project (FUPOL) has started. FUPOL aims at a completely new approach to traditional politics. The system is able to automatically collect, analyze and interpret opinions expressed on a large scale from the Internet. Likewise the software has the capabilities to simulate the effects of policies and laws and to assist governments in the whole policy design process.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FP7 SEMANCO project - Semantic Tools for Carbon Reduction in Urban Planning

Check out the SEMANCO integrated platform that provides access to widely dispersed energy related data about cities stored by many different organisations.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The travel industry is increasingly engaged in raising awareness on 112

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Online consultation of the VALUE AGEING project on the ethics of ICT for ageing

The purpose of this online consultation process for The VALUE AGEING project (Incorporating European Fundamental Values into ICT for Ageing: A vital political, ethical, technological, and industrial challenge) Work Package 7: Governance Issues and Policy Options is to collect valuable and diverse feedback from various groups of stakeholders relevant to the ICT for ageing sector on issues related to different policy options and governance models.

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LINQ2014 - 3rd European Conference on Learning Innovations and Quality

The main goal of LINQ 2014 is to bring together a variety of academics and professionals active in the field of innovations and quality in lifelong learning (LLL). It will offer a platform for exchange on the latest developments in education and training innovations and quality on both a European and international level. Potential points of access to this field include new learning methods and design, technology-enhanced learning (TEL), quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities.

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Report on the 2nd Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, November 25 and 26 in Brussels

On Monday November 25 over 600 enthusiastic participants and other stakeholders of the Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing gathered in Brussels for the second Conference of Partners. They engaged in debates on the Innovation Partnership and its contribution to economic growth and job creation, and on scaling up its activities. Other sessions were devoted to the Action Groups' first year's results and next steps; and to horizontal issues.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Workshop: Managing AAL Complexity through Support for Interoperability

In 2011, 44 AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) projects with the involvement of ca. 200 organizations signed the Lecce Declaration, which caused the strategic and the operational plans of the EIP-AHA (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Living) to include the C2 action group on interoperable independent living solutions. After more than two and a half years, this event aims at bringing the demand and supply side together in order to evaluate the achievements so far and collect recommendations for the way forward. The workshop will include three plenary sessions and two parallel tracks, one specific to the demand side and the other to the supply side.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Guide to ICT-related activities in Horizon 2020 - WP 2014-15

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Special attention to SMEs working in eHealth

Nowadays the EU is paying even more attention to small and medium sized enterprizes - a lot of good ideas and much needed innovation originate from SMEs. To help them out, the EU has reserved 20% of its total Horizon 2020 budget. In the eHealth domain two projects are focussing on giving SMEs a helping hand: GET and iLINC.

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Clustering event on ambient technologies: the outcomes

Last September the Reaction consortium (FP7) brought together 25 European projects on ambient intelligence advanced technologies in support of healthcare and assisted living. The participants of the clustering event saw they had a lot in common and agreed to share their knowledge more often.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

eGovernment Lithuanian Presidency High Level Conference (14-15 November 2013)

Keep track of the results, discussions and topics of the Lithuanian Presidency High Level Conference on eGovernment Issues "Where We Are, Where We Are Going", held 14-15 November 2013 in Vilnius/Lithuania!

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Fast and curious: smart cars to reduce the dangers of driving

Carmakers have joined with research institutes and state regulators in a European project to speed up the deployment of “intelligent driving”.

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€400 000 in prizes in Europe’s biggest app challenge

In Europe’s biggest ever app challenge the EU is offering €400 000 in prizes to best new applications that help build smarter cities and smarter businesses.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Denmark: Digital mailboxes in all public institutions and companies

Lars Frelle-Petersen, Head of the Danish Agency for Digitisation and the Digital Champion of Denmark, is enthusiastically pursuing the development of a digitalized postal system both for public institutions and private companies.

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Quantifying the impacts of PCP procurement in Europe based on evidence from the ICT sector - SMART 2014-0009

Ex-ante publicity for low-value contracts between EUR 15 000 and EUR 60 000.

This publication is made pursuant to Article 124.1 (b) of the Rules of Application of the Financial Regulation that provides for an ex-ante publication on the Institutions' websites of contracts with a value up to 60.000 EUR.

Only the candidates invited by the contracting authority to participate in the procedure for awarding this low value contract will be admissible.

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Second Day Seminar

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First Day seminar

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EU initiative Puzzled by Policy provides a free, interactive platform for understanding public attitudes to key policy issues

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Innovating together, a great way for the EU to support its citizens - a blog post by Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes is writing in her blog post on how EU support is helping innovation help the lives of millions.

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New EU research project to develop new service model to address frailty in the elderly

A new EU research project, called PERSSILAA (PERsonalised ICT Supported Service for Independent Living and Active Ageing) with 8 international partners and a budget of 2.5 million Euros has now been launched and will run for the next three years.

PERSSILAA aims at the development and validation of a new service model that addresses frailty in community dwelling older adults. Validation will be performed in two regions; the Enschede region in the Netherlands and the Campania region in Italy. PERSSILAA builds on activities within the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging and on the results of various earlier European projects.

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ICT2013 - eGovernment in the spotlight

What happened at ICT2013 in Vilnius (6-8 November 2013) in the field of eGovernment/Public Services?

A summary of the exhibition, conference, H2020 work programme session, networking sessions, and much more...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Leading the way in making Europe's cities smarter – Frequently asked questions

Cities are the major source of European economic activity and innovation. But cities are also a major source of greenhouse gases and pollution. Concerted action is needed to make urban environments cleaner and healthier to live in and to make them use less energy. The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities and its "Strategic Implementation Plan" are leading the way in making the transformation of cities into "Smart Cities" a reality. Real impact could be made through investments in 'zero/plus' energy districts, increased use of alternative energies for cleaner transport, public transport and efficient logistics to reduce negative impacts of congestion, or green, widely available ICTs and multiple-use infrastructures.

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Making Europe's cities smarter

At a conference today hosted by the European Commission, city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders discussed the actions outlined in the "Smart Cities Strategic Implementation Plan" and how to put them into practice. The Commission announced that it will launch an 'Invitation for Smart City and Community Commitments' in spring 2014 to mobilise work on the action plan's priorities. The plan is part of Europe's fifth "Innovation Partnership".

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Walking again after spinal cord injury

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The Netherlands rolls out e-Invoicing with PEPPOL

SimplerInvoicing, the Dutch e-Invoicing community, is now connected to the open and secure PEPPOL network developed for public e-Procurement in Europe and is exchanging electronic invoices compliant with the PEPPOL requirements.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

CeDEM14 Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government

The international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age.

Submission deadline for fullpapers, workshop proposal, PhD submissions, Reflections coming up: 6 December 2013!

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OurSpace e-participation platform

One third of Austrian MEPs use the OurSpace e-participation platform to discuss with young people. Politicians from other European countries already joined the discussion forums. Provide feedback to decision makers and evaluate the platform. Join the debate now!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Computers in Biology and Medicine: Innovative ICT-based Products, Services and Systems for Elderly People

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Computers in Biology and Medicine: Innovative ICT-based Products, Services and Systems for Elderly People


Dr. Edward Ciaccio

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA


Guest Editor:

Athina Lazakidou, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Informatics

University of Peloponnese

Faculty of Human Movement and Quality of Life

Department of Nursing

Orthias Artemidos & Plateon

GR-23100, Sparti, GREECE

E-mail: lazakid@uop.gr

The proportion of elderly people in Western countries is increasing forcing governments to consider strategies to support independent elderly living. Due to this demographic change there has been growing interest in investigating the elderly themselves as active content providers for their own everyday life supporting services. Elderly can, instead of a burden, been seen as resource. The consequence of increasing life expectancy and decreasing birth rates is an EU population that is becoming increasingly older. On the social side of this issue, it is important for all these people having the need to be supported in their daily-life-activities to remain integrated in social life - despite of their age and existing disabilities. On the economical side, ageing has enormous implications, since not only the income side of social schemes is affected but also expenditures: health care systems for instance, are concerned. Facing these challenges of ageing societies there exist areas of opportunity, where technological and social-economic innovation can enhance the quality of life of older and impaired people, mitigate the economic problems of an ageing population and create new economic and business opportunities.

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) includes assistance to carry out daily activities, health and activity monitoring, enhancing safety and security, getting access to social, medical and emergency systems, and facilitating social contacts. Receiving social and/or medical support in various new intelligent ways consequently contributes to independent living and quality of life for many elderly and disabled people. Overall, AAL can improve the quality of life of elderly people at home and reduces the need of caretakers, personal nursing.

The proposed special issue focuses on Innovative ICT-based Products, Services and Systems for Elderly People

Overall Objectives and Mission

The proposed special issue will provide a compendium of terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms. Additionally, this issue will feature papers (each paper consists of 6,000-8,000 words) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of key terms and concepts related to different areas, issues and trends in Innovative Technologies and Systems for Ambient Assisted Living.

The specific aims are to:

Foster the emergence of innovative ICT-based products, services and systems for ageing well at home, in the community, and at work, thus increasing the quality of life, autonomy, participation in social life, skills and employability of elderly people, and reducing the costs of health and social care.

Create a critical mass of research, development and innovation in technologies and services for ageing well in the information society, including the establishment of a favorable environment for participation by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Improve conditions for industrial exploitation by providing a coherent European framework for developing common approaches and facilitating the localization and adaptation of common solutions which are compatible with varying social preferences and regulatory aspects at national or regional level.

The concept of Ambient Assisted Living is understood as:

to extend the time people can live in their preferred environment by increasing their autonomy, self-confidence and mobility;

to support maintaining health and functional capability of the elderly individuals,

to promote a better and healthier lifestyle for individuals at risk;

to enhance the security, to prevent social isolation and to support maintaining the multifunctional network around the individual;

to support caregivers, families and care organizations;

to increase the efficiency and productivity of used resources in the ageing societies.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Innovative E-Health and Telemedicine Services, Applications and Products

ICT for the Management and Prevention of Chronic Conditions of Elderly People

ICT based solutions for Advancement of Social Interaction of Elderly People

ICT-based Solutions for Advancement of Older Persons’ Independence and Participation in the “Self-Serve Society"

ICT based solutions for Advancement of Older Persons’ Mobility

ICT-based Solutions for (Self-) Management of Daily Life Activities of Elderly People at Home

RFID Technologies for Smart Living Space

Wireless Technologies and Architectures for Health Monitoring Systems

Wireless Communication and Sensor Networks in Smart Living Space

Important Dates

Manuscript Due: December 20, 2013

First Round of Reviews: January 20, 2014

Revised version submission: March 30, 2014

Second Round of Reviews: April 30, 2014

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: May 20, 2014

Final version submission: June 30, 2014

Data and Cloud Solutions for PA evolution

HOMER, Open-DAI and ONE joining efforts in improving the efficiency of their digital strategies.

The three EU projects Homer - Harmonising Open data in the Mediterranean through Better access and re-use of PSI, Open-DAI - Opening Data Architectures and Infrastructures of European Public Administration Cloud Infrastructure and ONE - Observatory Network to Enhance ICT Structural Funds Absorption organise a satellite workshop in Brussels to explore synergies, share their approaches and improve the efficiency of their digital strategies.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

ICT for water resources management - Experts Consultation of 31/01/2013

Read the outcome of the ICT for water resources management's experts consultation of 31/01/2013. Read also the presentations.

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Conference ICT support for Active and Healthy Ageing: Enablers for Success (E4S), 16 January 2013, Barcelona

The conference addresses the complete spectrum of stakeholders in AAL/AHA: technical experts, IT and device developers, service providers, care providers, end-users and policy makers. It provides an open and dynamic forum for exchange of news, views and ideas about the next steps in making ICT support for Active and Healthy Ageing a reality across Europe.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

ICT support for Active and Healthy Ageing: Enablers for Success (E4S): Paving the way from pilots to the market, Barcelona, January 16th 2014

The conference addresses the complete spectrum of stakeholders in AAL/AHA: technical experts, IT and device developers, service providers, care providers, end-users and policy makers. It provides an open and dynamic forum for exchange of news, views and ideas about the next steps in making ICT support for Active and Healthy Ageing a reality across Europe.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12818

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Infographic 'Medical apps, is certification required?'

Via an easy-to-read infographic, published on the website of the National IT Institute for Healthcare in the Netherlands, you can check whether your app or medical device requires CE marking. The infographic is based on a Commission document, which you can consult here for more detailed information.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12765

Monday, November 11, 2013

Big data: What is it and why is it important?

By analysing information on social media such as Twitter, big data could for example predict the outbreak of an epidemic.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12753

Friday, November 8, 2013

Implementation of the European emergency number 112 – Results of the fourth data-gathering round

This Report provides an analysis of the replies submitted by Member States to the Questionnaire on the Implementation of 112 in the context of the fourth data gathering exercise.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12751

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Video: Tool for diagnosis and treatment of COPD disease

The chronic lung disease COPD affects between 4-10% of Europeans, but about 70% of them are underdiagnosed: a major public health problem. By developing a simulation environment of the respiratory system and creating a decision-support system for clinicians, the European research project SYNERGY-COPD wants to improve diagnosis and management of the disease.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12669

Video: Games, virtual reality and telemonitoring for stroke patients

The EU-funded REWIRE project has developed an innovative rehabilitation platform for stroke patients based on virtual reality. This system will be a big help for hospitals being saturated by the large number of stroke victims each year.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12667

Kroes applauds launch of Lithuanian National Digital Coalition

Vice-President Neelie Kroes welcomed the commitment of the Lithuania's government educational, library and digital and ICT sectors to boost digital skills and jobs in Lithuania. Today, 11 partner organisations and associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding officially launching the Lithuanian National Digital Coalition in Vilnius at ICT 2013 , Europe's largest digital innovation event. The Lithuanian Coalition aims to reduce the shortage of IT professionals, to encourage training programmes via a life-long learning approach, and to augment awareness about the importance of digital literacy and ICT skills.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12657

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ICT 2013 conference this week - Watch the webstream of the plenary sessions

Web streaming of the plenary sessions will be accessible to all. Should you not be able to make it to Vilnius you can still follow online !

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12621

What future do you want? Commission invites votes on what Europe could look like in 2050 to help steer future policy and research planning

In 2050, will the economy be fundamentally altered because home 3D printers mean you can press a button to print your own clothes, a new sofa or kitchen table? Will cancer be a thing of the past thanks to nano-robots which can detect and destroy tumours? What will society look like when many live to over 100 years old?

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12632

Monday, November 4, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: Robotics – Technology and Computer Assistance

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: Robotics – Technology and Computer Assistance

Guest Editors: Frederick Shic, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut & Matthew Goodwin, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

Rapid advances in technology are changing the way we work, play, learn, and live. Consumer grade technologies are available today that were the privileged domain of elite research institutions only a decade ago. These same trends are also beginning to accelerate and enhance the ability to better understand and support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

This special issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (JADD) explores how advances in technology are changing, and will continue to transform, research and practice in individuals with ASD. This issue will provide an international forum for researchers to present new scientific findings and methodologies, with a specific focus on the impact of modern or cutting-edge technologies on the daily lives of individuals with ASD. Reviews of existing research that provide new perspectives or syntheses on the role of technology in the lives of individuals with ASD are also welcome.

Example topics include investigations of:

-- Modern augmentative and alternative communication applications, especially those with novel practical or theoretical contributions;

-- Automated digital teaching systems, including computer-aided instruction, video games, and robotic platforms;

-- Platforms providing alternative means for instruction or skill acquisition, including virtual reality systems and remote instruction;

-- Systems that facilitate communication and interaction among individuals with ASD and/or their support networks, e.g. studies of web-based social networks, forums, or blogs;

-- Systems that support the daily lives of individuals with ASD, including work on visual schedules, planning applications, prompting, calendaring, and reminder systems;

-- The ability of individuals with ASD to adapt to and leverage new technologies or to utilize existing technologies;

-- The adaptation of experimental methodologies (e.g. eye-tracking, electrodermal activity monitoring, EEG/ERP) to support monitoring of behaviors and/or states in general environments or progress in educational contexts; and

-- Advances in database creation and management and/or analytic methods for dealing with large, multivariate, time-varying data.

Manuscripts should be submitted by February 1, 2014 through JADD’s online editorial manager (http://www.editorialmanager.com/jadd/default.asp).

When submitting, please select the article type: “SI: Robotics – Technology and Computer Assistance.”

Submitted manuscripts should be prepared per JADD author guidelines for articles or brief reports only and should include a cover letter that: (1) states the article is intended for the special issue; (2) explains how the article is relevant for this call; and (3) recommends three reviewers. All manuscripts will undergo standard peer review.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How Digital Signature works?

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12578

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

AAL Award 2013: and the winner is…

Programme) which took place in Norrkoping (Sweden), was the 3rd edition of the AAL Award . This competition recognises the most promising project in terms of innovation, human-centric approaches to development and market potential. It brought three AAL JP projects to the final “dragon’s den”. The winner of this year is IWalkActive, an innovative “rollator” (wheeled walker) that improves mobility on various surfaces in an enjoyable way, while enabling physical activities that are impossible or very difficult with traditional systems. Next to the award and as part of the event, a "hackathon" was organized in which some 20 young scientists explored how the use of digital aids can increase older people’s ability to work after 65 years old.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12561

Amsterdam hosts the third GDC roadshow on 14-15 November 2013

The event will have a special focus on public-private cooperation on Green Digital Charter commitments.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12555

Friday, October 25, 2013

EU-funded FP7 iURBAN project. Kick-off press release "Going shopping with your energy company"

The iURBAN project aims to create an intelligent "brain" that helps households, businesses and public buildings make their energy shopping lists.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12526

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

An integrated approach to health and social care services: the Commonwell project

Across Europe, providing health and social care services is becoming increasingly complex and costly. An ageing population, a multitude of public, private and informal actors, together with a myriad of eHealth systems and technologies create numerous hurdles to offering efficient and cost-effective care. A team of EU-funded researchers and practitioners are helping to get these services off the ground.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12511

eHealth at ICT 2013

ICT 2013 promises to be huge: Already more than 5.000 people registered for this conference in Vilnius. Are you interested in ICT for health and wellbeing? To help you find your way through the hundreds of sessions and exhibition stands you can find all eHealth activities taking place in the attached document. And if you can't attend, you can follow many sessions via live web streaming.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12503

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Palante midterm Conference: Addressing eHealth innovation challenges - empowering patients

The Palante midterm conference will take place on November 6th 2013 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. Purpose: to share lessons around the implementation of eHealth pilots, including the active involvement and roles of patients and health professionals. In terms of its focus it will be a working conference aimed at learning through exchange.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12491

Friday, October 18, 2013

A connected continent for European competitiveness

BusinessEurope Executive Committee, Brussels, 17 October 2013

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12459

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Video: Meet Francesco, and see how EU research is making a difference to people's lives.

Francesco Lollini is 19 years old and just finished high school. He collaborates with the research team from Bologna that runs the TOBI project (TOols for Brain computer Interaction). With the input of potential users such as Francesco, this project aims to develop practical technology for brain-computer interaction (BCI) that will improve the quality of life of disabled people and the effectiveness of rehabilitation.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12314

FP7 EUROPTIMA project - Watch the Tickego video

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12396

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

eHealth and the Brain - ICT for Neuropsychiatric Health

Brain related illnesses are taking a big toll on society. Therefore the European Commission (DG Connect, Unit ICT for Health and Wellbeing) is organising, in cooperation with ePractice.eu, an event around eHealth and the brain. Brain related eHealth projects and other experts will share knowledge and there will be time for networking. For more info and registration, please visit this website.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12397

FIA Athens 2014 - Submit your working session proposals by 25 October 2013!

The 11th Future Internet Assembly (FIA) edition, FIA Athens 2014, will be a three-day EU Greek Presidency event, supported jointly with the European Commission. It will take place during 18 to 20 March in Athens and will focus on reshaping the Future Internet infrastructure for innovation.

FIA Athens 2014 will be the first FIA under Horizon 2020, allowing presenting a wider picture of Net Futures EU research activities. The programme is under preparation and the FIA Steering Committee has launched an open call to select up to nine forward-looking and inspiring working sessions. Submit your working session proposal by 25 October 2013!

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12415

Monday, October 14, 2013

European companies and regional leaders agree on Action Plan to make Europe's cities smarter

For more than 75% of EU citizens their city is their home – it is where they mostly live, work, and play. Cities are the major source of European economic activity and of innovation. But the global economy is developing and changing fast and European cities need to rise to new challenges and develop and improve. Our cities are also a major source of greenhouse gases and local pollution and we need concerted action to put this right. We can and we should make cities better places to live and to work in. Our cities can become cleaner and healthier and use less energy. They can be Smart Cities.

The European Commission is expected to invest around €200m to create Smart Cities in the next two years.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12417

epSOS achievements - now also in Portugal

Even though epSOS has been extended until 30/6/2014, this large-scale project dealing with cross-border health services is slowly coming to an end. Time has come to report and sum up its many outputs. Meanwhile, also Portuguese citizens can use Patient Summaries when going abroad.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12410

Workshop on Acceleration of the deployment of ICT based solutions for Health related challenges

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12409

European Innovation Platform on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC), High-Level Meeting, Brussels, 14/10/2013

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12403

Robert Madelin - Delivering the public goods in the 21st century

In his article at E!Sharp, Robert Madelin, Director-General of DG CONNECT, sets out his vision about the European Union's public service in the 21st century.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12283

Smart Cities And Communities - European Innovation Partnership - Communication from the Commission (C(2012) 4701 final, 10.7.2012)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

eHealth studies: an overview

These studies, financed by the ICT for Health and Wellbeing unit of the European Commission (DG Connect), are at the basis of our work in the field of eHealth. Their topics range from the impact of eHealth solutions on society to analyses of each Member State and case studies.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12388

Study: Best practises in Europe on “ICT enabled independent living for elderly”

People in the EU are growing older and older. That puts severe pressure on our healthcare systems, and because of that, this study (published 2008) examines if it is true that the use of ICT contributes significantly to keeping care related costs manageable, and also influences the economy through the creation of new market opportunities.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12389

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Visions from the heart

When the Cerqueglini family come 170 kilometres to Rome, they are not in the Italian capital just to see the sights. Their son Giordano has a disease called Bicuspid Aortic Valve which causes his ascending aorta to swell and expand.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12346

Friday, October 4, 2013

CIP 3e-HOUSES project video

The EU-funded 3e-HOUSES project aims to help council tenants reduce their energy consumption by 20 per cent in a year.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12289

Thursday, October 3, 2013

ICT for ageing well at ICT 2013 event, Vilnius, 6-8 November 2013

The ICT 2013 event is foremost the opportunity for you to get updated on the EU’s new programme for research and innovation, Horizon2020. But it is also a forum for you to exchange ideas (see for example the session "Citizens - Innovation for better living"), contribute to the development of the research and innovation agenda, network and find new partners (more than 3000 participants registered, see the list).

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12220

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Call for Proposals: 2014 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference

Call for Proposals: 2014 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2014 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Society of Pediatric Psychology invites submissions for posters, papers, symposia and workshops for the 2014 conference to be held in Philadelphia, March 27-29, 2014.

Nov 4: Submission deadline

SPPAC Objectives

The SPPAC aims to advance SPP's mission to promote the health and psychological well-being of children, youth and their families through science and an evidence-based approach to practice, education, training, advocacy and consultation by:

1. Advancing the science of pediatric psychology and related fields through dissemination of cutting edge research; promotion of research that is culturally, ethically and developmentally sensitive and includes diverse populations; and education on evidence-based assessment, intervention, and emerging areas of research, clinical care and policy.

2. Providing a forum for individuals at all levels, from students to established investigators and clinicians, to facilitate consultation, collaboration and mentorship.

3. Promoting the role and value of pediatric psychology in a changing healthcare environment nationally and internationally.

Conference Theme: Pediatric Psychology: From Infancy to Young Adulthood

Consistent with this theme, we are particularly looking for submissions that reflect:

A lifespan and developmental perspective, and that include samples in early childhood or adolescence/young adulthood and

The maturation of the science of pediatric psychology via innovative use of technology, advanced statistical or research designs, translational science, and team science.

Submissions are especially encouraged that reflect the conference theme.

Specific topic areas of interest include (but are not limited to)

New Insights into the Brain: Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Seeking submissions on topics such as brain development (normal or abnormal) and impact of environment, injury and disease. Inclusion of brain imaging and a focus on (or inclusion of) infants or adolescents/young adults is of particular interest.

Back to Basics: Early Childhood Problems

Seeking submissions that enhance understanding of or study the use of new, updated, or innovative approaches to treatment of common pediatric problems such as feeding, sleeping, toileting, behavioral, and developmental problems.

Coming of Age: Transition to Adulthood and Adult Care

Seeking submissions that highlight research on transitioning youth with chronic health conditions. Topics may include transition readiness and outcomes of transfer of care, disease self-management, transition program development and evaluation, and pursuit of or preparation for young adult developmental tasks.

Expanding our Tools and our Reach: Use of Technology

Seeking submissions that use technology to enhance innovation of research or clinical care; enhance acceptability, impact, or efficacy/effectiveness of interventions; and expand reach to participants or providers. These may include studies incorporating or developing apps or devices, and those using simulation, texting or web-based interventions.

Coming Full Circle to Clinical Care: Translational Science

Seeking submissions that focus on the application of research in clinical settings, highlighting "bench to bedside", with the dissemination of evidence-based practice into "real world" settings.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Poland announces PEPPOL as the pillar of their national e-Invoicing strategy

On September 23rd, 2013, at the opening of the OpenPEPPOL panel discussion during the EXPP Summit in Warsaw, Sebastian Christow, Director of Electronic Economy, Department of the Polish Ministry of Economy, announced the connection to the OpenPEPPOL network as a cornerstone of the Polish national e-Invoicing implementation strategy.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12253

Legally eHealth - study on legal and regulatory requirements of eHealth (2006-07)

The study addressed the need to establish greater legal certainly in Europe with respect to the practice of eHealth service delivery and the use of eHealth tools within the existing legal framework of relevant EU legislation. A report has been published. The overall objective of the report is to widen the audience of legal questions in eHealth since, until these issues are tackled head-on in real cases, we will not begin to change the legal landscape in order to provide fertile ground for new developments. eHealth is not just about technology, but about changing the everyday practice of healthcare for every healthcare professional and every patient.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12251

EU Commission Vice President Kroes gave her first digital signature in Tallinn

During her visit in Tallinn, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, acknowledged Estonia’s progress in the field of e-services. She said that Estonia is one of the spokesmen of the digital market. When presenting the development of e-services to Kroes, the Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, gave her a personalised test-ID card as a gift and the Commissioner could try giving a digital signature, while seeing its simplicity and performance. The goal of Estonia is to reach the recognition and use of digital signatures across Europe.

Related article published on the EE Gov web site http://valitsus.ee/en/government/76085/the-vice-president-of-the-european-commission-neelie-kroes-gave-her-first-digital-signature-when-meeting-the-estonian-prime-minister-andrus-ansip

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12246

Letter from President Barroso to the Members of the European Council

Boosting growth through the online economy, telecoms and innovation.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12245

Exoskeletons on the march

Nineteen-year-old Marius Ciustea suffers from paraplegia after a recent skiing accident. He is now paralysed from the waist down.

In recent times he has found some cause for optimism. It is in the form of a new exoskeleton, which helps him to get upright and hopefully walk.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12239

Video Puzzled by Policy

Puzzled by Policy 'Helping you to be part of the EU' aims to provide citizens with an engaging and easy-to-use platform, where they can learn about and give their voice to policy issues concerning immigration in the European Union.

PbP is an eParticipation project co-funded by the CIP ICT Policy Support Programme.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12236

Monday, September 30, 2013

Study on exchange of good practices in eHealth (2006-08)

The Good eHealth study aims to advance the implementation of a comprehensive and continuous approach to dissemination and transfer of learning experiences. The study team will seek to identify the benefits deriving from specific good practice examples, to develop stronger approaches to sharing good practices, and to stimulate faster uptake of new eHealth systems and services.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12235

FIA Athens 2014 - Submit your working session proposals by 15 October 2013!

The 11th Future Internet Assembly (FIA) edition, FIA Athens 2014, will be a three-day EU Greek Presidency event, supported jointly with the European Commission. It will take place during 18 to 20 March in Athens and will focus on reshaping the Future Internet infrastructure for innovation.

FIA Athens 2014 will be the first FIA under Horizon 2020, allowing presenting a wider picture of Net Futures EU research activities. The programme is under preparation and the FIA Steering Committee has launched an open call to select up to nine forward-looking and inspiring working sessions. Submit your working session proposal by 15 October 2013!

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12232

SEED project Videos

SEED is a EU Co-funded project about citizens engagement and transformation of public sector information into public sector advertising. A project towards a cloud of public services. 12 partners in 7 EU member states. Watch the videos!

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12221

Friday, September 27, 2013

Exploratory seminar on e-signatures for e-business transactions in the Southern Mediterranean region

The European Commission, in cooperation with the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, will hold a first exploratory seminar on e-signatures for e-business transactions in the Southern Mediterranean region on 11-12.11.2013 in Amman, Jordan.

While the overall goal is to formulate recommendations for actions enhancing cross-border e-transactions in the region, this first seminar aims at collecting inputs from the audience on best practices for the deployment of e-signatures, on common business needs for intra-regional and EU-South Mediterranean e-transactions, on existing local resources to secure e-transactions, on ways to leverage them at regional level, and on the feasibility of intra-regional cross-border e-signature interoperability.

The seminar will bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors of South Mediterranean countries and Europe.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12216

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Building tomorrow’s E-commerce: A workshop for SMEs and E-tailers to make their voice heard!

BearingPoint is organising a workshop: ‟Building tomorrow’s E-commerce”, on behalf of the DG CONNECT. It will take place in Brussels on October 14th 2013, from 10.00 am to 17.00 pm., Avenue de Beaulieu 33, 1049 Brussels.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12029

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

'Opening up Education' - Making the 21th century classroom a reality

Launch of 'Opening up Education', Brussels, 25 September 2013

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12182

'Opening up Education' – frequently asked questions

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12180

Commission launches 'Opening up Education' to boost innovation and digital skills in schools and universities

More than 60% of nine year olds in the EU are in schools which are still not digitally equipped. The European Commission today unveils 'Opening up Education', an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems which are hampering schools and universities from delivering high quality education and the digital skills which 90% of jobs will require by 2020. To help kick-off the initiative, the Commission today launches a new website, Open Education Europa , which will allow students, practitioners and educational institutions to share free-to-use open educational resources.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12179

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Survey on « Electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions »

The European Commission has contracted a study (SMART 2012/0001) to support the implementation of the new Regulation on “Electronic identification and trust services for electronic transaction in the internal market” (COM (2012) 238). In this context, a survey has been launched targeting actors from supply and demand side with a view to gather information on eID and eTrust services market’s development and functioning.

The survey is available here

IAS Study link

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12169

Monday, September 23, 2013

ENISA Workshop on Security Aspects of Trust Service Providers - 24 september 2013

ENISA has been working on 2013 on a series of studies on the topics of risk assessment, security requirements and incident management for trust service providers issuing electronic certificates, as well as the security aspects of the new trust services foreseen in the Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions , which will supersede the current Directive 1999/93/EC on a Community framework for electronic signatures.

ENISA aims to validate the results of its studies with stakeholders, and for this purpose we have planned both a workshop and a survey on the topic of security aspects of trust services. The objective of the workshop is not just to present and discuss the results of ENISA studies, but also to promote an open exchange of ideas among the different stakeholders involved in the trust services sector.

The workshop has been structured to achieve the following targets:

  • To present the studies conducted by ENISA on the topics on security of trust services: risk assessment guidelines, security measures, trust breaches and security aspects of the new trust services defined in the Regulation.

  • To validate the results of the studies with participants’ feedback. We have selected a format for the sessions to contribute to open discussion.

  • To facilitate the dialog among the different stakeholders of the trust service sector: providers (for any type of trust services), regulators, supervisors, independent forums, etc.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12164

eHealth projects - Research and Innovation in the field of ICT for Health and Wellbeing: an overview

What have the best brains of Europe come up with to improve health care with the help of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)? This document offers an overview of the most current (ongoing or recently finished) European funded projects in the field of ICT for health and wellbeing ('eHealth').

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12138

FP7 e-SAVE project video

The EU-funded e-SAVE project aims at developping energy-efficient supply chains thanks to automated collaborative tools.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12132

Friday, September 20, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems: Advances of Robotics in Medical Applications and Healthcare

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems: Advances of Robotics in Medical Applications and Healthcare

Guest Editor:

Lidong Wang, Mississippi Valley State University, USA

Cheryl Ann Alexander, Capella University, USA

Robotics plays a growing role in medical applications and healthcare. Robots have already been used to assist humans in repetitive and physical work, such as dispensing medication to patients and moving medical inventory. Medical professionals have also used robots to monitor patient vitals and perform delicate surgical procedures. More and more medical robots will be expected to enter healthcare because they help minimise human work, improve the quality of patient care, and reduce costs.

Robotics has great potential in medical applications and healthcare; however, it is still fairly new to medicine and faces many challenges. In reality, multifunction robots are often a patient’s preference. Robots are expected to have a stronger ability to understand, interact with, and respond to their environments. Robots should be able to recognise danger signals and alert humans in time. Many medical applications of robots are still very expensive. Robotics in some healthcare sectors is still an emerging area, with successes and failures.

The objective of this issue is to examine the advances of robotics in medical applications and healthcare.

Subject Coverage

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Robotics for surgery

Robotics for stroke patients

Rehabilitation robotics

Robot assistive technologies

Robots for medication dispensing

Multi-robot systems

Multifunction robots

Human-robot interfaces and interaction

Human-computer interaction

Medical haptics

Sensory integration and robotics

Multi-sensory data fusion and robotics

Sensors and wireless sensor networks for robot navigation

Mobile robots

Mobile robots and m-health

Mobile robotic systems for telerehabilitation

Telerobotics in telemedicine and telehealth

Telerobots for telerehabilitation

Telerobotics and telementoring

Telerobotic surgery

Robotics and medical/healthcare informatics

Robotics and electronic health record (EHR) Systems

Robotics and electronic medical record (EMR) Systems

Robotics and health information technology (HIT)

Robotics and cloud computing

Robotics and digital hospitals

Barcodes and medical/healthcare robotics

Biometrics and medical/healthcare robotics

Radio frequency identification (RFID) in medical/healthcare robotics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. Please read our information on preparing and submitting articles.

You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an email to the following:

Dr. Lidong Wang

Mississippi Valley State University

Department of Applied Technology and Technology Management

MVSU Box 5195

Itta Bena, MS 38941


Email: lwang@mvsu.edu

Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 15 January, 2014

Notification to authors: 15 March, 2014

Final versions due: 25 April, 2014

Thursday, September 19, 2013

DemAAL Summer School: State-of-the-art technologies to monitor dementia

DemAAL Summer School has successfully taken place from 16 until 20 September in Chania, Crete (Greece). Not only many sessions on sensing technologies for monitoring human behaviour in relation to elderly and alzheimer's disease (the main topic of the Dem@Care FP7 project, organising the School), also practical sessions were on offer, providing opportunities for hands-on experience.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12056

Study on Business and Financing Models related to ICT for Ageing Well

The Study aims to show that ICT for ageing well is an area worth investing in, and that it is capable of generating a return on investment. The study has undertaken 20 detailed case studies of the most successful European solutions for sustainable business and financing models related to ICT and ageing well which support the active and independent living of older individuals. This has been supplemented by in-depth investigations of the financial strategies of 5 out of the 20 solutions, as well as by comprehensive desk research and consultation and validation activities with the main stakeholders and experts. The work has focused on the five identified geographic regions of Europe (Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Continental, Mediterranean and Eastern European), all with their own characteristic eldercare regimes, but has also examined both the contrasts within each as well as their similarities across Europe.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11812

And the winners are… SILVER proposals going for gold

SILVER is a pre commercial procurement competition, funded by the European Commission. Its aim is the procurement of new technologies to assist elderly people in their everyday lives. With new robotics technologies, the elderly can continue independent living at home even if they have physical or cognitive disabilities. Companies of all sizes and from all European countries are challenged to come up with innovative ideas that can help tackle the ageing challenge. In total seven proposals have been selected during the assessment procedure.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12047

"Feasibility Study on an Electronic Identification, Authentication and Signature Policy (IAS)"

The purpose of this project is to study the feasibility of a comprehensive EU legal framework that would apply to all electronic credentials needed to secure electronic transactions as well as the ancillary services needed to use them: electronic identification, authentication, signature, seals, certified delivery and a voluntary official email address.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12030

Final Report "Feasability study on an electronic identification, authentication and signature policy (IAS)"

The Commission adopted on 04 June 2012 a proposal for a Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market. Building upon Directive 1999/93/EC on a community framework for electronic signatures (“e-signature Directive”), the proposal seeks to enhance existing legislation and to expand it to cover the mutual recognition and acceptance at EU level of notified electronic identification schemes and other essential electronic trust services. The objective of the legislation is to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities, thereby increasing the effectiveness of public and private online services in the EU.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12027

Building a connected continent for the next generation

FT – Telefonica Millennials Summit, Brussels, 19 September 2013

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=12026

Monday, September 16, 2013

Workshop on "Making eGovernment work: Improving Organisational Processes"

The European Commission (DG Connect unit H3 Public Services) in collaboration with ePractice.eu is organising the "Improving Organisational Processes" event which aims to facilitate the exchange of experience, encouraging re-use of successful solutions and applications and exploring new approaches to support the Member States in improving organisational processes in the public sector and in their interaction with citizens and businesses.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11974

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs Pledges Workshop

This Workshop will allow discussions with pledging stakeholders on barriers and success factors, on the main possible impacts of their initiatives, on the use of networks and on further actions needed to maximise the impact of the Grand Coalition.

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda, will participate in the workshop.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11959

Commission proposes major step forward for telecoms single market

The European Commission today adopted its most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11953

Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures concerning the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent - COM(2013) 627

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11950

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the Telecommunications Single Market - COM(2013) 634

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11949

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ideal-ist face2face brokerage event at ICT 2013

Ideal-ist, the ICT National Contact Point Network, is organising in cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), a brokerage event with pre-arranged face2face meetings. It offers an additional way of meeting potential cooperation partners at the event.

The face2face brokerage event uses a matchmaking tool that is hosted outside the ICT 2013 website.

If you are an ICT2013 event partivcipant, you have until 14 October to register and submit your cooperation profile.

Then you can search through other people’s cooperation profiles that are published on the website and select who to meet personally. A few days before the event you will receive your personal meeting schedule.

The meetings are pre-arranged and strictly limited to 20 minutes. They will take place in a dedicated area of the venue.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11915

Friday, September 6, 2013

Smarter cities in a connected continent

Mobile 360 Connected Europe conference (GSMA), Brussels

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11901

Mobile for Good Europe Awards 2013

The Vodafone Foundation has launched the first Mobile for Good Europe Awards to search for IOS and Android apps designed to improve people's lives and deliver substantial public benefit.

Creators of the winning apps, in categories including accessibility, mobilising public services, health and education, will receive a shared prize fund of €200,000 to be used for the development of their innovations.

The awards build on the success of the Vodafone Foundation's Smart Accessibility Awards, held in 2011 and 2012, which was a competition to find Android apps, which improve the lives of those disabilities and the elderly.

The Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards are a joint initiative between the Vodafone Foundation, AGE Platform Europe (AGE) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).

Detailed criteria including eligibility and information on how to apply for the Mobile for Good Europe Awards can be found on the competition website.

All entries must be received by 12:00 GMT on 15 October 2013.

via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11895

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Call for Papers: 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Call for Papers: 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

May 20–23, 2014 Oldenburg, Germany

Conference Aims

PervasiveHealth is a premier international forum with specific focus on technologies and human factors related to the use of ubiquitous computing in healthcare and wellbeing. The overall goal of the Pervasive Health Conference is to take a multidisciplinary approach to Pervasive Healthcare Technology research and development. The Pervasive Healthcare Community is addressing a broad scope of research topics and concerns:

identify and understand problems from a technological, social, and medical perspective (with a particular emphasis on understanding and supporting patient needs);

design, implementation, and evaluation of supporting hardware and software infrastructures, algorithms, and applications; and

organisational strategies that facilitate integration of Pervasive Healthcare Technology into the healthcare enterprise.

Traditional healthcare environments are extremely complex and challenging to manage, as they are required to cope with an assortment of patient conditions under various circumstances with a number of resource constraints. Pervasive healthcare technologies seek to respond to a variety of these pressures by successfully integrating them within existing health care environments. Technologies, standards and procedures on their own provide little and or no meaningful service. It is essential that pervasive healthcare environments, through a combined approach of data collection, data correlation and data presentation, assist health care professionals in delivering high levels of patient care, and empower individuals and their families for self-care and health management.

The Pervasive Healthcare conference in Oldenburg aims to gather technology experts, practitioners, industry and international authorities contributing towards the assessment, development and deployment of pervasive medical based technologies, standards and procedures.

We welcome contributions from the following fields:

Sensing Technologies and Pervasive Computing

Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

Hardware and Software Infrastructures

We seek novel, innovative, and exciting work in areas including but not limited to:

Pervasive Healthcare Management

Challenges surrounding data quality

Standards and interoperability in pervasive healthcare

Business cases and cost issues

Security and privacy issues

Training of healthcare professional for pervasive healthcare

Legal and regulatory issues

Staffing and resource management

Understanding Users

Identifying and addressing stakeholder needs

Usability and acceptability

Barriers to adoption, and enablers

Social implications of pervasive health technology, and social inclusion

Coverage and delivery of pervasive healthcare services

Patient empowerment

Diversity: population and condition-specific requirements

Inclusive research and design: engaging underrepresented populations

Digital interventions and health behavior change

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

Physiological models for interpreting medical sensor data

Activity recognition and fall detection

User modelling and personalization

Modelling of Pervasive Healthcare environments

Sensor-based decision support systems

Design and evaluation of patient and ambient-related sensors

Wearable and implantable sensor integration

Data fusion in pervasive healthcare environments

Data mining medical patient records

Software architectures e.g. Agent, SOA, distributed middleware

Electronic Health Records (EHR)


Autonomous systems to support independent living

Clinical applications, validation and evaluation studies


Chronic disease and health risk management applications

Health/Wellbeing promotion and disease prevention

Home based health and wellness measurement and monitoring

Continuous vs event-driven monitoring of patients

Smart homes and hospitals

Using mobile devices in the storage, update, and transmission of patient data

Wellbeing and lifestyle support

Systems to support individuals with auditory, cognitive, or vision impairments

Systems to support caregivers


The conference invites the submission of original work through the Confy paper submission system in one or more of the following formats: full and short papers, workshops, posters, interactive demonstrations. Pervasive Health 2014 will accept submissions in the following categories:

Full papers (up to 8 pages submissions)

Full papers are submissions describing results and original research work not submitted or published elsewhere in one of the four main categories listed below. Full papers should properly place the work within the field, cite related work, and clearly indicate the innovative aspects of the work and its contribution to the field.

Short Papers and Posters (up to 4 pages submissions)

Short papers are envisioned as submissions describing original research that is much more focused and smaller in scope than full research papers. Short papers are not expected to provide all the details on the research, but rather focus on the most innovative and salient aspects. In addition, short papers are not expected to include a comprehensive review of related work. Short papers will be presented during the main track of the conference. Poster category combines submissions reporting on the progress of ongoing research and insights into the lessons learned from current (industrial, practitioners, government, etc.) pervasive healthcare practice.

Medical Perspective Abstracts (1-2 pages submissions)

Authors are invited to submit work in traditional medicine whose results are interesting to Pervasive Health audience. This track will give Pervasive Health attendees a way to learn about ongoing research initiatives, both in medicine and technology, and will provide presenters with an excellent opportunity to receive invaluable direct feedback from experts.

Demos (2 pages submissions)

The demos track will showcase the latest developments and prototypes related to the topics of interest of the conference. The expected demo submissions should describe the technical details of the demo alongside its contribution to the healthcare domain. Workshop proposals (2 pages submissions) - Several workshops will be run in conjunction with the conference. The purpose of these workshops is to discuss work in progress and explore opportunities for new research related to pervasive healthcare.

Doctoral Colloquium (4 pages)

This event will enable doctoral students to present and reflect on their work alongside other doctoral students and a panel of experts. Submissions should include a description of work done, intended future work, alongside a specific research question or challenge that you would like to be discussed at the colloquium.

Each paper will be blind, peer-reviewed by members of the Pervasive Health 2014 program committee with additional expert reviewers drawn from relevant research domains. Submissions will be evaluated based on their originality, significance of the contribution to the field, technical correctness and presentation. The paper should make explicit how the work offers unique and substantial contribution beyond what has already been published or submitted. All accepted submissions will be published in IEEE Xplore Digital Library (pending). Authors will also be invited to submit their camera-ready papers in ACM format, to be published in ACM Digital Library (pending). The acceptance rate was around 30% for Pervasive Health 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Important Dates

Workshop Proposals: 4 November 2013

Full Paper Submission: 2 December 2013

Short Papers and Posters: TBA

Medical Perspective Abstracts: TBA

Notification of Acceptance: 14 February 2014

Camera Ready: 14 March 2014

Conference Dates: 20-23 May, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition: Implementation Research

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition: Implementation Research

The editorial board of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition has decided to publish a special issue on implementation research in 2014, which is expected to be launched in the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research to be held in South Africa in September 2014. Authors will be encouraged to submit their papers for presentation in the icddr,b scientific conference to be held in Dhaka in March 2014 and also in the health system symposium in South Africa.

As you are aware, progress in health gains in low-income countries is less than optimum given the existing biomedical and public health knowledge. One reason is that there are distinctive challenges in taking effective interventions to scale. In addition, there is a lack of systematic evidence on the essential ingredients for making large-scale interventions successful in different settings.

While implementation research (the multidisciplinary endeavour to facilitate the successful scale-up of interventions) is still in its infancy in global public health, there is widespread recognition of its importance and increasing efforts and funding to develop this field. It is therefore timely for JHPN to devote a special issue to important theoretical and applied work currently being undertaken in implementation research.

For this forthcoming special issue of JHPN, we are interested in receiving articles on implementation research addressing the development and scale up of interventions for public health problems in low- and middle-income countries from around the world. We hope to receive papers focusing on concepts, framework, approach and methods that underpin this field. We also hope to receive papers that provide applied learning through practical work in the field, including papers on interventions for HIV, AIDS and other communicable diseases, family planning and maternal-child health, childhood and adult nutrition, healthcare financing and papers devoted to the use of new technologies for health, including eHealth/mHealth.

Potential authors are requested to express their interest to contribute by writing a note with tentative title of the paper to jhpn@icddrb.org by 15 October 2013 with a copy to Dr. Abbas Bhuiya, Guest Editor (abbas@icddrb.org) of the issue. The final manuscript should be submitted online (http://www.jhpn.net) by end- February 2014 for regular review. Information for Contributors can be seen at or downloaded from the website of the Journal (http://www.jhpn.net).

For any further information or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Abbas Bhuiya (abbas@icddrb.org) with copy to jhpn@icddrb.org.

While preparing the manuscript, please follow the Vancouver Style. Information for Contributors can be seen at or downloaded from the website of the Journal (http://www.jhpn.net).

JHPN is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal and is indexed by the major international indexing systems. The Journal is freely available through the Internet (http://www.jhpn.net; http://www.icddrb.org/jhpn).

Call for Presentations: 2014 National Service Coordinator Conference

Call for Presentations: 2014 National Service Coordinator Conference

Aug. 17-20, 2014 Dallas, Texas

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2013

The American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) is the industry leader in education and advocacy for service coordination and affordable housing. The 2014 National Service Coordinator Conference is the premiere educational event for service coordinators, and will feature 85+ educational workshops, including; 3-hour intensive workshops, hot topic and advanced practice sessions, multidisciplinary sessions and networking panels. The diverse workshop agenda is designed to cultivate the knowledge, encourage new skill application, and promote professional empowerment to affordable housing professionals from across the country.

Our Audience

The 2014 National Service Coordinator Conference will provide multidisciplinary education to over 1,000 service coordinators, family self-sufficiency program coordinators, property managers, quality assurance managers and other affordable housing administrators and professionals. These professionals connect low income seniors, families, and individuals with disabilities to benefit programs, resources and information they need to gain and maintain self-sufficiency. A majority of participants have considerable experience in their field and possess a college level education in a social science-related field.

Presentation Structure & Content

Our goal is to provide all attendees with a top-tier educational experience. We are seeking innovative programs that blend lecture, interaction, application and peer-to-peer education. We want our workshops to provide a unique, relevant and solution-oriented approach that fosters learning, integration, practical application and empowerment for our attendees; so they are able to produce effective and measurable results as affordable housing professionals.

Our educational programs follow three main structure formats:

Advanced Level Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops: 3-hour intensives that provide in-depth education on core topics, implement skill development activities, and promote group interactions in the review of tools, models and resources that encourage professional application for improved measurable results.

Multidisciplinary Sessions: 90-minute concurrent sessions that blend lecture with case studies, interactive activities, and resource reviews; to provide attendees with both applicable knowledge and skill development.

Hot Topics & Advanced Practice Networking Panels: 90-minute sessions that combine a 30-minute topical presentation with facilitated group discussions that encourage professional networking and team building. Through the identification of issues and discussion of potential solutions by application of professional experiences and best practices, attendees will gain an advanced understanding of how knowledge evolves into application.

Content for the 2014 National Service Coordinator Conference will be aligned under four (4) primary educational focus categories. Each category contains applicable topics that will enhance the education of the attendee. Below is an abbreviated list of appropriate educational topics for the 2014 National Conference.

Aging, Health & Wellness Focus: Aging Process and Aging Issues, Cognitive/Chronic/Common Diseases, Death and Dying Issues, Environmental/Personal Safety, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Government Regulations & Programs Focus: Advocacy, Disability Services, Elder Services, Federal, State and Local Programs, MOR/REAC, Medicare/Medicaid Programs, Property and Housing Management, Programs for Veterans

Community & Environment Focus: Bullying and Gossip, Community Building, Community Resources, Conflict Resolution, Cultural/Diversity Issues, Environmental/Personal Safety, Family Issues, Legal Issues, Pest Control

Connection & Delivery Focus: Communication Skills and Relationship/Team Building, Cultural/Diversity Issues, Ethics and Ethical Issues, Legal Issues, Networking and Social Media, Quality Assurance Personal/Professional Development, Technology Advancements

Proposal Evaluation Process & Criteria

AASC’s Conference Committee and peer reviewers evaluate all proposals and select presentations that provide a variety of comprehensive, high-quality, and engaging programs that support the multidisciplinary needs of our audience. Our reviewers will specifically target proposals that focus on; skill development for practical implementation, demonstrate the “how to” component of a topic, provide new strategies for skill application, and empower attendees. In addition, the following criteria will be considered when evaluating proposals:

Originality and relevance of a topic to affordable housing professionals

Overall quality of presentation content, delivery method, and format

Alignment of learning objectives, content summary and teaching method

Qualifications, expertise and experience level of presenter(s)

Practical application of education, skills and resources