Friday, May 3, 2013

Referencing and Applying WCAG 2.0 in Different Contexts

This W3C Workshop will explore approaches for using Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and its supporting resources in different policy settings and contexts, including: * Developing and updating policies for harmonized uptake of the WCAG 2.0 international standard; * Applicability of WCAG 2.0 to dynamic content, web applications, mobile web, and other areas; * Addressing HTML5 and other emerging technologies in web accessibility policies. This Workshop is open to policy-makers, users, developers, accessibility experts, researchers, and others interested in adopting, referencing, and applying WCAG 2.0. Registration is open until 7 May 2013, or until spaces are filled. This Workshop is organized through the EU-funded WAI-ACT Project (IST 287725).


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Call for Papers: 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Healthcare

Call for Papers: 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Healthcare

September 12-14, 2013 Yokohama, Japan

Paper Submission Deadline: July 19 (Fri.), 2013

Track Categories

Non-intrusive Measurement

Sensors for u-Healthcare

Ambient assisted living & smart homes

Body sensor/area networks

Signal and Data Processing

Wireless/Mobile Healthcare System

Home Healthcare System

Emergency Healthcare System


Sleep Monitoring & Evaluation

Cardiovascular Informatics

u-Healthcare for The Elderly

Brain Computer Interface

Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Methods

Energy Scavenging Technologies

Informatics for Assistive Technologies

Contact Person

Toshiyo Tamura


Media invitation eHealth Week

Please find below an invitation for the press for eHealth Week 2013 in Dublin.


CompAAL -Qualification profiles for jobs in Ambient-Assisted Living

In the last years many outstanding AAL products, technologies and processes have been developed by excellent European research teams due to various research funding programmes but these projects usually focused only on technological development not on the daily usage of these technologies and on their embedding into a well working system. It has been detected that there is a huge market niche for specialized professionals who could work with and in the system of these new AAL developments. The Leonardo Lifelong Learning Programme funded CompAAL project aims to develop qualification profiles for jobs in the field of AAL. AAL specialist skills are needed in many professions, in which the job requirements have changed under these fast-evolving technologies. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks. One of the main results of CompAAL is the generation of five AAL Job Role Profiles which include the skills and competences that professionals in the field of AAL must possess. Profiles have been elaborated for the following five job roles: • AAL System Architect; • AAL Solutions and System Developer; • AAL Maintenance Specialist; • AAL Consultant; • AAL Community Manager. Based on the qualification profiles training guidelines will be drafted which will made available to vocational education institutions and other education providers in order to set-up appropriate specialist qualifications for professionals involved with AAL topics.


€150 million for brain research launches EU 'Month of the Brain'

At the start of its 'European Month of the Brain' initiative, the European Commission has earmarked some €150 million of funding for 20 new international brain research projects. It will bring the total EU investment in brain research since 2007 to over €1.9 billion. The 'European Month of the Brain' (#brainmonth) will highlight European research and innovation in the area of neuroscience, cognition and related areas through over 50 events across Europe this May. The initiative aims to showcase the latest achievements in the field, but also to urge a more decisive effort to combat brain diseases. It also aims at highlighting how studying the brain can revolutionise computing. The initiative comes as the profile of brain research has been raised recently with ambitious new projects in the EU (FET Flagship Human Brain Project) and the US (BRAIN project).


From research to practice: FP7 project SUNSET spins off MOBIDOT, a company for smarter individual mobility

Mobidot will collect personal mobility data of participants via their smartphones and provide them with information on smarter transport choices. Via social media such as Facebook, Mobidot will also allow individuals and groups to compete in mobility games, which are based on their data and choices. And the winner is ... not just the smartest traveller, but also your town, the environment, your fellow citizens etc. By the way, Mobidot was found, while SUNSET was (and still is) a running FP7 research project.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Call for Papers: Workshop on Language Processing and Crisis Information 2013

Call for Papers: Workshop on Language Processing and Crisis Information 2013

The Workshop on Language Processing and Crisis Information (LPCI2013) will be co-located with IJCNLP in Nagoya, Japan, and the date of the workshop is October 14, 2013 (the day before IJCNLP)

Submission Deadline: June 7, 2013

The past few years have seen a number of horrible, high-profile crises, including the Earthquake and Massive Tsunami in Eastern Japan, and Hurricane Sandy, which caused billions of dollars of damage across the Caribbean and east coast of the United States. Given the importance and urgency of response to these disasters, there has been a heightening interest in crisis informatics, or the use of information technology to improve the speed and effectiveness of disaster response.

One particular area where information technology holds particular promise is in the processing of language. For example, in times of crisis, valuable information about the current state of events in disaster-affected areas is broadcast by various individuals or organizations, in disparate locations, and in varying forms, the majority of which involve some sort of natural language. In situations such as these, it is extremely important to be able to aggregate and filter every bit of available information, and deliver it as quickly and accurately as possible to those who could benefit by its provision.

In this workshop, we hope to provide a venue to propose new techniques for processing language related to times of crisis. In particular, we place a focus on the role that language and language processing technology can play in crisis response, analysis of social dynamics in times of crisis, and increasing preparedness for crises that may occur in the future. Papers in the following areas would be a good fit for presentation at the workshop:

Analysis of the unique challenges presented to language processing technology in times of crisis, such as ensuring the effectiveness, reliability, and timeliness of disaster response using NLP techniques

Proposal and evaluation of new methods to help tackle these unique challenges

Analysis of the problems that may occur when applying existing language processing methods to crisis related data

Proposal and evaluation of new language processing techniques or tasks relevant in times of crisis, such as extraction, filtering, and delivery of crisis-related information

Analysis that combines language information with other modalities such as social network structure, or location and temporal information

Other research that builds bridges between the analysis of crisis information, disaster science, and the processing of language

Submission Information

We solicit submissions on any topic related to language processing and crisis information, including the ones mentioned above. All accepted submissions will be presented as posters, and a subset of them may be considered for oral presentation. Submissions reporting work in progress are acceptable, as we aim for the workshop to offer a venue for stimulating discussions.

All papers should be prepared according to IJCNLP-2013 paper guidelines, as outlined below.

Eight pages (8) is the maximum length of papers, although shorter papers are welcome. Up to two (2) additional pages may be used for references only (appendices count against the eight pages, not the additional one page).

Papers that do not conform to the specified length and formatting requirements are subject to be rejected without review.

If you include any author names on the title page, your submission will be automatically rejected.

We will provide a manuscript template file in LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word style files for authors.

Submission will be performed through START and will be available starting May 10, 2013.

Important Dates

Call for Papers: Apr. 5, 2013

Submission Opens: May 10, 2013

Paper Submission Deadline: Jun. 7, 2013

Acceptance Notification: Jul. 29, 2013

Camera-ready Deadline: Aug. 23, 2013

Workshop: Oct. 14, 2013


For further information, please contact the workshop organizers at

lpci2013-organizers at googlegroups (dot com)

Monday, April 29, 2013

AAL Forum 2013 - Call for side events

The annual conference of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP), the AAL Forum, will take place in Norrk√∂ping, Sweden, between 24 and 26 September 2013. The event is entitled “Impacting individuals, society and economic growth” and its goal is twofold: on the one hand the conference will showcase the significant progresses made by the AAL JP projects and solutions in the exhibition area with various demos and presentations, whereas the discussion in the sessions and in the plenaries will address two important questions: - How can we support an increased independence for older adults and benefit for the society as a whole? - What are the business models that stimulate large scale use of AAL solutions and how may they boost economic growth? Closing date of call for contributions is 17 May 2013.


Telefonica reveals future plans following Parkinson’s trial funded under the AAL Joint Programme

In, Telefonica reveals future plans following the successful completion of the AAL JP-funded project Help.


Annual Conference of the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform

The Annual Conference of the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform will bring together technology developers, city representatives, high-level financial managers and EU-level policy makers from across the European Union. While reviewing achievements since the creation of Platform two years ago, conference delegates will look at the next steps for mass application of promising ICT innovations in sectors such as urban mobility, housing and power distribution. The event will run two days. The first day, June 5, will follow a workshop format and allow participants to get acquainted with and vote for the best technological innovations identified by platform members. This informal half-day session lays the groundwork for the next day’s plenary session, which will include the participation of high-level conference delegates. For the first time, the conference presents results of the Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership. It gathers top experts and representatives of the most innovative Smart City solutions in Europe. REGISTRATION AND ATTENDANCE ARE FREE OF CHARGE.


EU-funded research projects: COWIN may help you in exploitating your research projects results

COWIN is an initiative supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme and is dedicated to the optimisation of smart systems value creation through the better exploitation of research projects results. Through its strong actions, COWIN encourages collaborations between the smart systems community and the players, active at the applications level. COWIN is a first step towards bridging the gap between technologies and market. COWIN also works hand-in-hand with researchers and companies active in the smart systems field to support their diagnostics market penetration by helping them to find the right processes, partners and resources.


Bridging the Gap between Technology and Care when Implementing Person Centred Technologies/Assistive Technologies and Information and Communication Technologies in Services

The participants will receive an adult learning opportunity in the frame of lifelong learning. They will receive training with the focus on train-the-trainer method. The goal of the training is to implement the lessons learned afterwards in the organisation, so first line staff can benefit as well from the training. By offering new-technology based training and network opportunities, the training seeks to build a bridge between Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Person Centred and Assistive Technology (PCT/AT) on the one hand, and the social and health sector on the other hand. Special attention will go to the EU legal frameworks and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The training should facilitate the transition towards optimal use of technology in care and social support provision.


12th European AAATE Conference

This event is organised by the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe(AAATE). One of the main objectives of the AAATE2013 Conference is to bring together researchers, professionals, manufacturers, end users and their families, and combine their knowledge, expertise, needs and expectations. This will be achieved not only by the presentation of papers during the two and a half days of the conference, but also through the participation in "Instructional Courses" and in a "Research Symposium" held immediately after the main Conference.


1st OpenChina-ICT Thematic Workshop on Smart and Sustainable Cities

This event will bring together policy and main research stakeholders from Europe and China specialized on the ICT aspects of Smart and Sustainable Cities to create feasible research collaboration with the emergence of concrete projects. The workshop on Smart and Sustainable Cities is organised by the OpenChina-ICT project under the aegis of the European Commission through its FP7 research-funding programme, aiming at facilitating ICT related research cooperation between Europe and China.