Friday, July 5, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing: Localisation and Positioning for Healthcare Applications

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing: Localisation and Positioning for Healthcare Applications

Guest Editors:

Dr. Houbing Song, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia Center of Excellence for Cyber-Physical Systems, USA

Dr. Sana Ullah, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hsiao-Hwa Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Dr. Dalei Wu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Accurate localisation and positioning are becoming increasingly important for a wide range of applications including healthcare applications. Conventional localisation techniques are not suitable for healthcare due to the mobility and dynamics of patients. In addition, these techniques do not provide immediate, secure and accurate positioning information of patients in life-critical situations.

There is an urgent need to develop novel localisation and positioning techniques for healthcare applications, which must be able to accurately locate patients during abnormal circumstances. For example, these novel techniques may be able to interact with body area networks in order to locate patients who are expecting a heart attack.

Also, recent advances in cloud computing, including cloud storage, cloud database, and cloud collaboration, offer tremendous opportunities for patient localisation. By leveraging the opportunities and advantages offered by cloud computing, cloud-assisted localisation has the potential to revolutionise localisation and promises a new era of localisation in healthcare applications.

This special issue invites present research and review articles in order to promote research activities on localisation and positioning for healthcare applications. Original analytical, experimental and systems-related papers on the theme will be considered.

Subject Coverage

Topics include but are not limited to:

Cloud-assisted data processing, mining and fusion for patient localisation

Mobile cloud computing for patient localisation

Social network-based localisation of patients

Network architectures and protocols for patient localisation

Intelligent medical devices and sensors for localisation

Hardware and software of localisation for healthcare (RFID, IMU, smartphones, etc.)

Simulations and test-bed implementations

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. To submit a paper, please read our information on preparing and submitting articles.

Important Dates

Paper submission due: 1 July, 2014

Decision notification: 1 November, 2014

Revised paper submission: 1 December, 2014

Final paper submission: 25 January, 2015

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

The VALUE AGEING project (Incorporating European Fundamental Values into ICT for Ageing: A vital political, ethical, technological, and industrial challenge) is currently closing its fact-finding period, investigating various aspects of ICT for ageing. In order to gather extended feedback and consolidate scientific findings, a summary version of research reports will be made available for public consultation. The summary report of Work Package 2- ICT-Developments Impacting on Freedom and Autonomy of Older Citizens, and Work Package 4- Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Codes in ICT for Ageing is now open to extended online consultation until July 29, 2013.


'Do I have to go see a doctor?' awarded as best Dutch health app

The app 'Do I have to go see a doctor?' has been awarded as best Dutch health app. The tool advises patients whether they have to go and see a doctor immediately of if it can wait.


Health app for children with Cystic Fibrosis wins Health Hack Dublin

Over 70 healthcare professionals and technology experts came together on 22 and 23 June for the Dublin Health Hack: a 24 hour marathon to create an app which improves healthcare. The winner created a solution including games to support children with Cystic Fibrosis to do their exercises.


Webinar "Super-Centenarians. Future of Ageing Society" 12 July (13.00hrs Brussels time / CET)

On 12 July 2013 (13.00hrs Brussels time / CET), the European Commission's Digital Futures team invites you to a webinar on "Super-Centenarians. The Future of Ageing Society", in which Anne-Sophie Parent from AGE Platform will present her vision on the Future of Ageing Society. The webinar will be chaired by Peter Wintlev-Jensen from the Digital Social Platforms Unit. There will be an opportunity for webinar participants to contribute to the discussion, ask questions and brainstorm about opportunities, challenges and policy implications of the vision during the webinar itself. All this from the comfort of your own computer: webinars take place entirely in an "online virtual room" where you will be able to see and hear the speakers and comment via a live chat. If you are not able to attend the webinar, you can still share your views and comment on the event. To do this, you need to register on Futurium. The Futurium platform is an online space created and used by the Commission's Digital Futures project to facilitate a broad reflection on future European policies and their environment. It looks to engage with stakeholders (i.e. citizens, experts, industries, academia, etc) on the co-creation and voting of futures and policy ideas that matter to them.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Poland first to launch national digital jobs coalition under European umbrella

Europe needs to face the 21st century: I am going to be fighting like hell to ensure we have the digital skills and networks to do so. I hope you can support me in that fight.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

3rd Call of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership

The 3rd Call and the implementation of phase 3 of the Future Internet PPP is involving through open calls SMEs and webentrepreneurs as developers of highly innovative, infrastructure based, data-rich services and applications, building on, and extending, the large scale trials and the core platform functionalities.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Focus on BUILD CONNECT GROW ( Magazine n.12 - Feb 2012)

This special edition of research*eu focus is dedicated to presenting the experience of the Large Scale Pilot Projects. The reason for this is simple: LSPs are the building blocks of our strategy to build, connect and grow. We have already done the hard part of building national eGovernment systems. Now we need to take the next step, and connect those systems so that the benefits of eGovernment can be enjoyed by all citizens regardless of their country of origin.

Then we can grow: into other areas, into other countries. By reinforcing the Digital Single Market, eGovernment will be an innovative driver for economic growth and prosperity. (N. Kroes, February 2012)


The Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

An overview of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing's Reference Sites as shown at our Reference Site Award Ceremony of 1st July 2013. Examples from regions and hospitals across the EU.


Updates from the Action groups of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

In the month of June and July, the Action Groups are meeting for the first time with the new partners to enrich their efforts with the new commitments and move ahead together in implementing the deliverables set out in the Action Pans. This fourth gathering also marks the one year anniversary of the Action Groups the first meetings were held in the beginning of the summer in 2012. It has been a long journey in the past year: the first partners worked hard to put together the Action Plan and develop the best ways to cooperate to deliver on their targets. The Second Invitation for Commitments has extended the groups with committed new partners who bring valuable expertise to the group and extend the work in the field.


Neelie Kroes' blog post on better, digital healthcare and the reference sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

"We are all getting older. And many of us worry what that will mean – who will care for us, and how. At the same time, digital tools offer us a huge opportunity for change. I’m glad that the EU is taking action to make the most of that – and use new technology to make a real difference."


Launch of the European collaborative portal on ICT Assistive Technologies and inclusive solutions

There is a growing concern throughout Europe about the difficulties faced by the organisations involved in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Assistive Technology (AT) field. ATIS4all collaborative portal is the result of an EU-funded project, which aims to benefit all the key actors in the chain value of ICT ATs and accessibility products (from research centres to the end-users). It is an open and collaborative portal that offers reliable information on ICT ATs, inclusive solutions and R&D initiatives, and fosters online discussion, exchange of knowledge, expertise and sharing of information among its different portal members.


Treating neurological diseases and computers that see!

Some 165 million Europeans are likely to experience some form of brain-related disease during their life. As the population ages, Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative or age-related mental disorders are affecting more people ­and contributing to higher health costs.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Support services to foster Web Talent in Europe by encouraging the use of Massive Open Online Courses focused on web skills

A call for tenders is launched by the European Commission for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 90.000. The purpose of this call for tenders is to foster web talent in the EU by encouraging the use of Massive Open Online Courses focused on web skills.


ICT Innovation Vouchers guide for regions


ICT Innovation Voucher - Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises getting digital

A snapshot of the ICT Innovation Vouchers scheme covering on short the following topics: what is an ICT innovation voucher, who are the beneficiaries, what are the services offered under the ICT innovation voucher, how does it work for a region, how does it work for an SME and the pilot phase of the scheme.