Friday, September 6, 2013

Smarter cities in a connected continent

Mobile 360 Connected Europe conference (GSMA), Brussels


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.


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 by 15 October 2013 with a copy to Dr. Abbas Bhuiya, Guest Editor ( of the issue. The final manuscript should be submitted online ( by end- February 2014 for regular review. Information for Contributors can be seen at or downloaded from the website of the Journal (

For any further information or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Abbas Bhuiya ( with copy to

While preparing the manuscript, please follow the Vancouver Style. Information for Contributors can be seen at or downloaded from the website of the Journal (

JHPN is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal and is indexed by the major international indexing systems. The Journal is freely available through the Internet (;

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

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the European Journal of ePractice: mHealth

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the European Journal of ePractice: mHealth

The further use of wireless internet and gadgets that receive and transmit data (tablet computers, smartphones and laptops) have constituted a new trend in eHealth, providing for more on-the-spot services. Mobile health (known as mHealth) is a developing trend in the eHealth field that encompasses and exploits much broader use of mobile telecommunications and multimedia technologies as they are integrated within increasingly mobile and wireless healthcare delivery systems.

mHealth has the transformative power to fully overhaul the healthcare and care sectors. It can help change behaviours or environmental exposure with the result that it reduces health risks or optimises health outcomes. This happens mainly for two reasons. First, mHealth has the potential to change the when, where, and how healthcare is provided, by functioning on a 24/7 basis. Second, it can ensure that important social, behavioural, and environmental data are effectively used to comprehend health determinants.

mHealth is becoming an everyday reality for an ever more increasing number of people. Both demand and supply sides of the market equation are likely to mushroom. It's not only that the global mHealth market - estimated in 2011 at 902 million euros - is expected to increase its markets value to € 8.9 billion by 2018. It's also that by 2015, more than a third of the 1.4 billion smartphone users will use at least one mobile healthcare app. Research shows that the healthcare and life sciences industry will be one of the top three fields (along with consumer products and the financial services industry) likely to propel mobile device growth in the next five years; the other two industries are consumer products and the financial services.

Through mHealth technologies, stakeholders have the ability to capture multiple sources of health data, electronic health records (EHRs), detailed information about subjects' physical activity, location and travel areas, and physiological responses and activities over extended periods of time. Furthermore, the accessibility and data availability of mHealth methodologies could be utilised to change public health and healthcare on a large scale. It can support many different health or care-related situations. For example, the deployment of mobile tools can help measure the number of people who develop chronic conditions such as diabetes, prevent falls at home, and support people who need to take medication on a reagualr basis.

Among the various international organsaitions, the European Commission is already moving ahead on mHealth initiatives. For example, the DECIPHER project, which the Commission co-finances, deals with mHealth at a European level. Its objective is to enable secure cross-border mobile access to existing patient healthcare portals which are individually supported by national or governmental bodies. In addition, the MovingLife project (part of the 7th Framework Programme like DECIPHER) delivers roadmaps for technological research, implementation practice and policy support with the aim of accelerating the establishment, acceptance and wide use of mHealth solutions. Many other case studies and illustrative examples are en route.

There are three major healthcare trends that drive the adoption of mobile technology:

Populations are ageing. This means that more people are and will be in need of healthcare and care. This socio-demographic shift will require the public healthcare sector to seek for better quality and accessibility, and the private sector to aim for innovation and cost reduction. mHealth responds to all these two challenges.

The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in healthcare is becoming more and more widespread, and is overall increasing its efficiency. Many of the foundations that are required for this rise of technology in healthcare, like EHRs and remote monitoring, are apparently lready working.

An advanced level of personalisation has been achieved in the healthcare field. mHealth can offer personal toolkits for predictive, participatory and preventative care. Thus it can become a force that grants patients a significant level of personal independence.

With the support of the European Commission, the European Journal of ePractice seeks high-quality contributions for a special issue on mHealth. The issue will discuss and highlight the potential opportunities and risks deriving from mHealth application and promotion.

Subject areas for papers include, but are not limited to:

Developing innovative business models for mHealth solutions (especially related to the refund of mHealth) and identifying the business challenges for both large corporations and smaller-sclae organisations and services.

Highlighting privacy, surveillance, confidentiality and security implications deriving from mHealth application.

Exploring compatibility, common standards and utilisation of data for successful mHealth applications.

Focusing on Interoperability as a lever of promotion for mHealth (both covering EU and international on-going activities on standards).

Examining clinicians' perspectives on mHealth technology, including the need for professional career/development: How much clinical value is there in mHealth?

Mapping mHealth regulatory framework or possible appropriate policy options. Is the current EU regulatory framework applicable to health and wellbeing apps appropriate? Is there a need to legislate further (e.g. harmonisation of clinician-liability, specific requirements for unregulated health and wellbeing apps which are not medical devices)?

Identifying what changes will occur in the delivery of healthcare needed to integrate mHealth and what are the measurable impacts?

Asking in which ways can mHealth respond to the greatest current challenges, namely making healthcare more accessible, better, faster and cheaper?

Showing how can a smooth shift to patient empowerment be ensured?

Quering on the conditions to ensure that the organisation of healthcare fully integrates electronic medical records, remote monitoring and communications?

Pinpointing on the measures that should be taken to ensure the right balance between the benefits of the use of health data and the right to privacy and data protection of citizens?

Exploring the globalisation and internationalisation aspects of mHealth, and the ways in which Europe can work together with emerging economies and developing countries on improving public health, healthcare and care.

Investigating consumer use of mHealth applications, ease of use, areas, ages and classes of major take-up, and the barriers that patrons and patients face.

The European Journal of ePractice invites contributions of both an empirical and theoretical nature from a legal, societal, cultural, commercial, organisational and/or technical perspective. While identification of problem areas and challenges is important, contributions that also play a role in solving challenges are preferred. Example case studies and illustrations of application usage would be welcome.

The deadline for article submission is 10 October 2013.

Article guidelines

Language: English

Length: Full texts of 2 000 - 6 000 words (the word limit may be extended in exceptional cases). Articles of 7-10 pages, including references and papers of 10-25 pages are accepted.

Executive summary of 200-300 words. Abstact of 150 words. Conclusion of 500-1000 words.

Keywords & key sentence which stand out.

Tables, pictures and figures sent as attachments.

References according to the guidelines, in alphabetical order.

Author must have a public profile on

See the full guidelines at

Useful information

European Journal of ePractice:


Editor-in-Chief: Trond Arne Undheim

Guest Editor: Diane Whitehouse

Communication Coordinator: Vassilia Orfanou

Editorial Coordinator: Alexandros Stylianou

Submission of papers to: with a copy to

Monday, September 2, 2013

e-Government Interoperability - call for papers

Comuting Now seeks submissions for an October 2014 special issue on e-government interoperability.

Final submissions due: 1 February 2014

Acceptance notification: 1 May 2014

Final papers due: 1 June 2014

Publication date: October 2014