Friday, March 29, 2013

Mind-controlled exoskeleton to help disabled people walk again

Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to a wheelchair. Although no medical cure currently exists, in the future they could be able to walk again thanks to a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton being developed by EU-funded researchers.


Making 'the cloud' greener

As the world becomes increasingly digital, demand for data centres is booming ― and so too is their energy consumption. Data centres worldwide produce around half the volume of emissions of the global aviation industry and more than the total emissions of the Netherlands. EU-funded researchers are developing ways to reduce data centres' environmental impact.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Monitoring and Surveillance Technologies Research (IJMSTR): Biomedical Monitoring Technologies

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Monitoring and Surveillance Technologies Research (IJMSTR): Biomedical Monitoring Technologies

Submission Due Date: 4/30/2013

Guest Editors

Constantinos S. Pattichis

Department of Computer Science

University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Christos Loizou

Department of Electrical, Computer Engineering and Information

Cyprus University of Technology

Efthyvoulos Kyriakou

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Frederick University, Cyprus

Styliani Petroudi

Department of Computer Science

University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Panagiotis D. Bamidis

Lab of Medical Informatics

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


This special issue will be based on a selected number of papers presented in the 12th IEEE International Conference on BioInformatics and BioEngineering (BIBE), November 11-13, Cyprus ( Authors are invited to submit papers expanding their work presented at the BIBE 2012 conference. Moreover, authors who did not present at BIBE but whose work falls under this call for papers are strongly encouraged to submit as well.


The aim of this special issue is to provide a snapshot of emerging technologies in biomedical monitoring demonstrating how these can contribute to healthcare and the quality of life.

Recommended Topics

Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

Assistive and medical robotics

Bioengineering for people at risk

Bio-imaging devices and methods

Biomarkers and bio-sensors

Bio-models engineering in bio-medicine

Body-signaling devices and techniques

Computer assisted intervention systems

Mobile healthcare

Research with microarray technologies

Surveillance systems and smart homes

Wearable and implanted systems and sensors

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Biomedical Monitoring Technologies on or before April 30, 2013. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Constantinos S. Pattichis

Guest Editor


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Digital Agenda Assembly - Workshop 5 Trust and Security


Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Physical Therapy (PTJ): Innovative Technologies for Rehabilitation and Health Promotion: What Is the Evidence?

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Physical Therapy (PTJ): Innovative Technologies for Rehabilitation and Health Promotion: What Is the Evidence?

With the aim of helping to advance science and practice in these areas, PTJ invites original contributions to a special issue to be released during the first half of 2014. Innovative Technologies for Rehabilitation and Health Promotion will capture the latest research, perspectives, and scholarship. We seek to aggregate and disseminate high-quality, cutting-edge research on such topics as:

• What is the efficacy of VR-game-based exercise, rehabilitation robotics, remote sensing, and interactive media applications for rehabilitation and health promotion?

• What new interventions and technological developments have preliminary evidence of efficacy in improving participation in people with disability?

• How can technology be used to prolong a healthy, active lifestyle?

• Can new technology be used to detect impending decline in function in the home and community?

• Will the developments in BCI become noninvasive and appropriate for more people?

• What are the newest smart technologies and apps, and how are they being used in rehabilitation and health promotion?

PTJ encourages scientists who are conducting research at the nexus of new technologies, aging, and disability to contribute to building this crucial knowledge base. PTJ's special issue will provide a global forum for presenting authoritative empirical research, theoretical development and perspectives, clinical case reports, and related innovative developments in this emerging area of innovative technologies for rehabilitation and health promotion.

To Submit a Proposal: Those interested in contributing to the special issue are asked to forward an outline of their proposed topic no later than May 15, 2013. Proposals should be in the form of an abstract, no more than 250 words, and should be sent to, with “Innovative Technologies” in the subject line. Please feel free to contact Dr Winstein with any questions.

Long Lasting Memories project delivers ICT platform that helps fight age-related cognitive decline

Long Lasting Memories (LLM) is an EU project that has implemented an integrated ICT platform which combines state-of-the-art cognitive exercises with physical activity in the framework of an advanced ambient assisted living environment, while respecting ethical and legal boundaries. By combining cognitive exercises and physical activity LLM delivers an effective countermeasure against age-related cognitive decline, as well as and cognitive impairment seen in the early stages of degenerative brain diseases, thus actively improving the quality of life of the elderly and significantly prolonging the time they can remain independent at home.


ICT2013 Networking Sessions

The ICT2013 event is a unique opportunity for networking. You have a specific topic to propose and discuss? Bid for a dedicated networking slot at the ICT2013 event - you will be visible before, at and after the event!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Managing diabetes with data and ingenuity

An EU-funded project has developed a device which can predict sugar highs and lows for people with diabetes and provide them with advice on how to manage their glucose levels.


eHealth Week 2013: eHealth networking event of the year

eHealth Week 2013 will focus on delivering innovation and well-being, while incorporating the importance of cooperation, investment, communication and networking. Commissioners and other High Level politicians will be there to interact.


The big data revolution

EIT Foundation Annual Innovation Forum, Brussels, 26 March