Friday, March 8, 2013

My advice to young women

Women on Top seminar, Amsterdam, 8 March 2013


mHealth conference "MovingLife"

At the international stakeholder conference "MovingLife", a consolidated roadmap and an action plan for mHealth will be presented and discussed.


Neelie Kroes Startup Europe Tour

In order to promote the European entrepreneurs and startups community, Neelie Kroes is inviting aspiring or promising entrepreneurs to join The Startup Europe Tour: be connected, network, be inspired at the leading tech conferences. We want thought leaders and innovative entrepreneurs from many of the world's top technology companies to get together and share ideas, visions, dreams…


Internet Freedom

Video message delivered at Tech@State High Level conference, Washington, United States of America


Reminder: Help us improve DG CONNECT's performance as a public service! Deadline 15 March

You have only a few days left to help us in improving our performance as a public service and to have a say in what where we put emphasis in our future activities. The survey asks two sets of questions. You can answer just the few short general questions at the beginning, or go on to a more detailed set of questions about facts & figures related to activities of the Digital social platforms Unit, namely • 08021 Digital social platforms: active aging and independent living; • 08022 Digital social platforms: web-accessibility; • 08023 Digital social platforms for innovation and growth. We thank you in advance for the effort and your contribution that will help us to check the basis on which we set out our priority actions in 2013 and beyond.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"Tech All Stars" award for most innovative web start-up company

CogniCor Technologies, a Spanish start-up offering an automated complaint resolution service, is the winner of Europe's "Tech All Stars" prize, an EU-wide competition to find the best web start-up, awarded by European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes.


Consultation on directions for ICT-driven public sector innovation in the EU

The European Commission launched today an online public consultation on research and innovation in ICT-driven public sector innovation. The answers will help to prepare Horizon 2020 forthcoming Work Programmes. All the interested stakeholders: national administrations, businesses, researchers, innovators, academia and interested users can provide their ideas on research and innovation activities at EU level. The consultation will be open until 15 April 2013.


Conférence «m-santé»: Quel modèle économique ?

Vous êtes invités à la conférence «m-santé» : Quel modèle économique? Quels investissements, quelle organisation, quelle rentabilité ? Public visé : Laboratoires, hôpitaux, médécins, assurances, telecom, SSII, investisseurs.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Call for Papers: ICOST 2013 - 11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics

Call for Papers: ICOST 2013 - 11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics

ICOST 2013 - 11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics

"Inclusive Society: Health & Well being in Ageing-friendly Community, – eHealth, Telemedicine, Chronic Disease Management & Care at Home"

19 - 21 June 2013 Singapore


After ten very successful conferences held in France (2003), Singapore (2004), Canada (2005), Northern Ireland (2006), Japan (2007), USA (2008), France (2009), Korea (2010), Canada (2011) and Italy (2012), the 11th International Conference on Smart homes and health Telematics will be hosted for the second time in Singapore from 19 to 21 June 2013. Though located in Singapore, the conference will be jointly organized by A*STAR, Singapore and Hosei University, Japan, and will address common issues concerning ageing and elderly worldwide.


Due to a rapidly aging population and the so called ‘silver tsunami’, a proactive healthcare strategy is being put in place across the world. This approach emphasizes active ageing, wellness management and a continuous monitoring of chronic diseases, hand in hand with the treatment of diseases and debilitating conditions of frail elderly. The approach also promotes awareness of elders’ needs in the community, an attitude of inclusion among the population at large, and a care-provisioning infrastructure that meets the needs of elders living alone in their own homes, as well as those living in group living facilities.

Recent advances in healthcare and ICT technologies on many frontiers have made it possible to bridge the gap in providing health and wellness management for ageing in place. This is facilitated by smart environments and technical advancements in health sensing and monitoring technologies that operate on cost points that are unprecedented. A smart home allows residents to perform tasks efficiently, whilst at the same time being automatically monitored for early warning in health changes. In the near future the elderly and people with disabilities will avail of smart assistive technology to assist in carrying out daily activities, socializing, enjoying entertainment, and leisure activities while still maintaining good health and well being. Health Telematics makes the most of networks and telecommunications to provide, within the home environment, health services, expertise and information and hence radically transform the way health-related services are conceived and delivered. We believe that in the future ageing and disabled people will use smart assistive technology to perform daily living activities, socialize, and enjoy entertainment and leisure activities.

Nowadays with the so called Internet of Things, networks, microprocessors, memory chips, smart sensors and actuators are faster, cheaper, more intelligent and smaller than ever. Current advances in such enabling technologies coupled with evolving care paradigms allows us to foresee novel applications and services for improving the quality of life for ageing and disabled people both inside and outside of their homes. The conference will present and discuss the proven or expected impact of services and solutions that are supported by the latest approaches and technical solutions in the area of Smart Homes, Health Telematics and emerging enabling technologies.

ICOST is considered as a premier venue for the presentation and discussion of research in the design, development, deployment and evaluation of Smart Environments, Assistive Technologies and Health Telematic systems. The conference aims to bring together stakeholders from clinical, academic and industrial perspectives and along with end users and their family carers explore how Smart Homes and Health Telematics can foster independent living and offer an enhanced quality of life.

Each year, ICOST has a specific theme. The theme chosen for 2013 will focus on the ‘inclusiveness’ of solutions and technologies to enable the support of ageing-friendly communities through health and well being management. ICOST2013 is especially interested in receiving submissions, which detail engagement with end-users and/or describe the outcomes from technology evaluations involving people living in the community with health or ageing related problems and/or clinicians treating such conditions.

ICOST2013 invites participants to present and discuss their experiences in the design, development, deployment and evaluation that demonstrate significant contributions in the areas of smart homes, health telematics and assistive technologies. ICOST 2013 will provide a dynamic program which will incorporate a range of technical, clinical and industrial related keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations along with demonstrations and technical exhibits. Conference topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Intelligent Environments / Smart Homes and Communities

Vision / Hearing / Cognitive Devices

eHealth technology and devices

Tele-Assistance and Tele-Rehabilitation

eHealth systems for home and community

Personal Robotics and Smart Wheelchairs

Telemedicine/eHealth applications and services

Context Awareness / Autonomous Computing

Proactive and Preventive eHealth systems

Home Networks / Residential Gateways

Challenges of large-scale, cost-effective and sustainable eHealth systems

Wearable Sensors / Integrated Micro/Nano Systems / Home Health Monitoring

At Home Elderly care through affordable technologies

Social / Privacy / Security Issues

Personalised eHealth

Middleware Support for Smart Home and Health Telematic Services

Medical Data Collection and Processing

Health Technology Assessment and Impact Analysis

Human-Machine Interface / Ambient Intelligence

Policy and Guidelines for Health 2.0

Modeling of Physical and Conceptual Information in Intelligent Environments

Service Model Best practices

Papers or special sessions addressing the following topics are especially welcome:

Studies detailing large scale service deployment and impact evaluation

The application of cost effective and readily available ‘everyday’ technologies to support ageing at home

Health economic evaluation of technology based solutions

Challenges for truly ‘smart living environments and inclusive communities

Technology solutions to inspire the policy makers




There will be a combination of presentations including scientific papers, posters, exhibits and technology demonstrations. Prospective authors are invited, in the first instance, to submit papers for oral presentation in any of the areas of interest for this conference as well as proposals for Special Sessions. The submission for evaluation should be in the form of an 8 page paper written in English. If authors are interested to provide a short demonstration in conjunction with paper presentations then please append a section to your paper ‘demonstration description’ detailing the service scenario addressed.

Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings to be published by Springer. The submitted papers should not exceed 8 pages and must follow the guidelines found on the conference website

Submission:Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF or RTF/DOC format at the following address:

IMPORTANT DATES (Final Extension)

March 15, 2013: Full papers submission

April 5, 2013: Acceptance Notification

April 12, 2013: Camera-Ready Papers and Registration


For information relating to the Call for Papers please contact the ICOST 2013 Program Chair at:

Cybersecurity of Smart Grids

Outcomes of the Expert Group on the Security and Resilience of Communications Networks and Information Systems for Smart Grids (2011-2012)


Filling the gaps: e-skills and education for digital jobs

Launch of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, Brussels


Monday, March 4, 2013

European Commission launches Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

Commission President José Manuel Barroso today called on Europe's digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to join a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to address up to 900 000 job vacancies expected to exist in Europe in Information and Communication technologies (ICT) by 2015. Despite the current levels of unemployment, the number of digital jobs is growing by more than 100 000 per year. Yet the number of fresh ICT graduates and skilled ICT workers is not keeping up.


The digital economy delivers jobs: FACT

We agree that unemployment in Europe is unacceptably high and at the same time unfilled vacancies in ICT are growing. We also acknowledge that our competitiveness as a region is under threat if we're short of digitally skilled people. We cannot go on this way.